Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion

This section is intended for those with an interest in commissioning and delivering services for children and young people (and their families) whose behaviour puts them in contact or at risk of contact with the youth justice system. Given the wide-ranging needs and experiences of these children, it will be relevant for professionals working with children in almost every health, education and social care setting. It is aimed, in particular, at local health and youth justice services, local authority children's services, and voluntary organisations.

Are you a Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion pathfinder?

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.

A practical toolkit guides pathfinders and others through the stages of developing sustainable youth justice liaison and diversion services and providing evidence of their success. You can find out more about youth justice liaison and diversion. Or check out the top tips for getting started with your scheme.

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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