What is the diversion programme?
This voluntary programme is designed to offer help and support to young people who are at risk of offending and anti-social behaviour. We offer a programme of work, which is created in collaboration with the young person (and their families). A plan is created with the aim of reducing the likelihood of offending or re-offending. We accept referrals from Children and Young People's Services; educational establishments; the police and parents / carers. All referrals are then assessed to see if they meet the criteria for further intervention work with the youth offending service.
Who is suitable for the programme?
There are a number of criteria that could make a young person suitable for the programme, including:
- Aged 8 - 17
- Getting into trouble at home / in the community / at school
- Running away from home / truancy
- Using alcohol / substances
- Parents requiring additional support
- Exclusion from school
- Friends involved in anti-social behaviour or crime
- Harmful sexual behaviour
The above list is by no means exhaustive and if you have concerns about a young person's behaviour / risk please view the referral form or contact us to discuss.