Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion: Practical Toolkit

Youth justice liaison and diversion - intervening early to improve health outcomes for children and young people in contact, or at risk of contact, with the youth justice system

This content has been developed by the Department of Health and the Centre for Mental Health to support the Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion pathfinders as part of a national programme to establish diversion services in all police and court services by the end of 2014.

Click on the stages of the practical toolkit below to access guidance, useful resources and examples of emerging practice to support your youth justice work.


Our working definition - children and young people

The terms children and young people are used in these pages – children in recognition of the legal status of those under 18 (the age covered by the youth justice system), and young people when referring (usually) to those aged 14 or over (Section 107 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 defines a 'child’ as ‘a person under the age of fourteen’). We use the two terms interchangeably, as style and sense dictate.

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