We are excited to announce a new Touchstone partnership with Wakefield Youth Offending Team. Along with Together Women Project, Leeds Police and Leeds Youth Offending Service, we are expanding the already successful Wakefield service into Leeds.
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.
The service can then support people through the early stages of criminal justic 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.
L&D services aim to improve overall health outcomes for people and to Support people in the reduction of re-offending. It also aims to identify vulnerabilities in people earlier on which reduces the likelihood that people will reach a crisis-point and helps to ensure the right support can be put in place from the start.
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.
If you’re interested in finding out more please contact the team on 0113 385 9423.