North Yorkshire Liaison & Diversion Service & Launch Event

Following a successful bid in partnership with Humankind and Spectrum Community Health CIC, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys (TEWV) NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the contract by NHS England to continue to provide liaison and diversion services in Durham and Cleveland, as well as a new service in North Yorkshire.

The liaison and diversion services offer assessment, advice and support for people who have come into contact with the criminal justice system and are experiencing mental health problems, have a learning disability or other vulnerability. They also support staff within the criminal justice system with advice and signposting.

The services aim to improve health outcomes of individuals going through the criminal justice system, by identifying vulnerabilities early and ensuring the right support is put in place for people. Through appropriate support measures being put in place or people being directed to alternative appropriate services, the new liaison and diversion service also aims to reduce re-offending.

The liaison and diversion teams will accept referrals from custody, voluntary attenders, checkpoint, magistrates court and the youth offending teams. Referrals can be accepted via email, telephone or face to face via single point of access.

TEWV are currently recruiting and training new staff, with a view to the service being available early July 2019. Cleveland and Durham are currently in operation but offering a reduced service until all new staff are in place and completed their induction.

The liaison and diversion teams will be based in the following locations:

North Yorkshire - Fullford Police Station. Covering Fullford custody suite and Harrogate and Scarborough custody suites.

Durham - Darlington Police Station, also working into Bishop Auckland, Durham and Peterlee custody suites.

Cleveland - Middlehaven Police Station custody suite.

Information gained from assessments will be shared with relevant youth and criminal justice agencies to enable key decision makers to make more informed decisions on diversion, charging, case management and sentencing.

The liaison and diversion teams will also provide assertive follow up to ensure people engage with support services.

Please contact Helen Marriott, helenmarriott@nhs.net if you would like any further information.


As part of this, TEWV would like to invite you a lauch event to discover the latest updates on the developments of this new service:

Thursday 11th July 2019, 9am-12pm

Best Western York Pavilion Hotel, 45 Main Street, Fulford, York, YO10 4PJ

The programme for the launch event includes the following:

  • Overview of the Liaison & Diversion Service
  • Overview of model / staffing / service response / local need
  • SLT Presentation
  • Tackling the Indecent Images of Children
  • Peer Mentor / Volunteer/ Apprentice roles
  • Courts / Legal Bodies / Court Probation

Should you wish to attend the event please email Jacqueline Harvey - jacqueline.harvey2@nhs.net


 

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