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Organisation: Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Team

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Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Team

The liaison and diversion service has been commissioned to undertake assessments in police custody with individuals who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

The service works with anyone from 11 years of age. The aim is to divert those most at risk away from the criminal justice system and into relevant services as determined via a thorough assessment of needs and vulnerabilities. This includes, but is not limited to, mental health, drugs and alcohol, homelessness, learning disabilities, safeguarding and domestic abuse.

The liaison and diversion service can be used by any individual within a criminal justice setting. Primarily, we assess people who are in police custody, Birmingham magistrates and crown court. We also have an established Outreach Service which supports the assessed individuals to engage with services in the community.

Pathways Covered

Mental and physical health

Overview

The liaison and diversion service has been commissioned to undertake assessments in police custody with individuals who come into contact with the criminal justice system.Our team can assess any individual presenting with needs in the areas of mental health, drugs and alcohol, homelessness, learning disabilities, safeguarding and domestic abuse.


The service works with anyone from 11 years of age. The aim is to divert those most at risk away from the criminal justice system and into relevant services as determined via a thorough assessment of needs and vulnerabilities. This includes mental health, drugs and alcohol, homelessness, learning disabilities, safeguarding and domestic abuse.


The liaison and diversion service can be used by any individual within a criminal justice setting. Primarily, we assess people who are in police custody. However we also have clinics in the community, provide assessment in Birmingham magistrates courts and are working on developing more community based initiatives.

What we do

We conduct face to face assessments with individuals to ascertain their needs and complete relevants referrals to services where needs are identified.  The team will then follow-up and ensure that appointments are offered and support the service user to attend these appointments via our Outreach service.

We have support workers based in custody, ANAWIM and Changing Futures , therefore taking a multi-agency approach in being able to offer support.

We are also the first L&D service to employ x2 peer mentors with lived experiences who are able to support service users.

Where we do it

Perry Barr Custody
8-8pm Mon - Fri
8-4pm Sat & Sun
07768 308 222

Bourneville & Solihull Custody
7 day service provided 8am - 4pm.
07768 308 222

Birmingham Crown Court
9-5pm Mon - Fri
0121 301 4409

Birmingham Magistrates Court
9-5pm Mon - Fri
0121 248 6146

How to access

To make a referral, please contact us in Perry Barr Custody on 0345 113 5000 ext 845 6035/6034 or 07768 308 222

To contact admin for anything non-related to referrals, please contact the team on 0121 301 4409

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