Liaison and Diversion

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Liaison and Diversion (L&D) services identify people who have mental health, learning disability, substance misuse or other vulnerabilities when they first come into contact with the criminal justice system as suspects, defendants or offenders.

Touchstone is a delivery partner with Wakefield Council along with:

Wakefield Youth Offending Team

Together Women Project

West Yorkshire Police

Leeds Youth Offending Service

The Bridge Project

The service, which is funded by NHS England, works with vulnerable adults and young people who come into contact with the criminal justice system, with the aim of diverting individuals away from crime and into health, social care or other support organisations.

The service can then support people through the early stages of criminal justice system pathway, refer them for appropriate health or social care or enable them to be diverted away from the criminal justice system into a more appropriate setting, if required.

The team is working collaboratively with individuals and services to reduce risk factors associated with offending through providing short-term support and signposting service users to longer term support.  We focus on the causes of individual behaviours, identifying needs, providing holistic person-centred support and supporting individuals to move into education and employment opportunities.

We are pleased that this award-winning service – that has been successfully established in Wakefield, Leeds and most recently Bradford – will now be moving to deliver the service in Calderdale and Kirklees building on the expertise and experience gained during the pilot.

The new contract provides an opportunity to build on our reputation nationally and regionally as an effective and high quality provider of Liaison and Diversion services. Touchstone is a major partner and is recruiting to a number of vital jobs in across West Yorkshire, including Calderdale and Kirklees.

“The service has a real impact on the individuals it supports and local communities, as well as helping to prevent high cost health and justice interventions.” Says Cllr Peter Box, the leader of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council who have delivered the highly rated pilot service for the last six years.

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Liaison and Diversion Wakefield

Wakefield District Council, Block C, Normanton Town Hall, High Street, Normanton, WF6 2DZ

01924 305210

Liaison and Diversion Leeds

Leeds District Police HQ, Elland Road, LS11 8BU

0113 385 9423

Liaison and Diversion Bradford

Trafalgar House Police Station, 58 Nelson Street, Bradford, BD5 0DZ

01924 302425