Over the past two weeks, in collaboration with the Association of Youth Offending Team Managers, we ran three successful workshops on youth diversion for over 40 practitioners. Youth diversion generates better outcomes for young people and their communities. But despite the strong evidence that it can reduce reoffending as well as costs, current diversionary provision is piecemeal and often precariously funded, with schemes requiring support to continue. The workshops were designed in response to this, giving practitioners across the country the much-welcomed opportunity to increase their knowledge of effective practice, share experiences with colleagues, and hear how to best communicate the financial benefits of diversion.
Special thanks go to the guest speakers, a highlight of the workshops. These were Anna Mullen (Restorative Practices Team Manager, Surrey Family Services) on Surrey’s Youth Restorative Intervention (YRI), and Simon Bramford (Operations Manager, Suffolk YOS) and Darren Oxbrow (Police Sergeant, Suffolk Constabulary) on Suffolk’s Enhanced Triage. Thanks also to Hampshire, Warwickshire and Leeds for hosting the workshops, and to AYM for their help in making them happen.
For more information on the Centre for Justice Innovation’s youth diversion work please email Ben on firstname.lastname@example.org