We promote evidence and best practice surrounding pre-court diversion in the youth justice system.
Point of arrest diversion is especially important for children. Formal justice system processing, either prosecution in court or out of court disposals, can result in a criminal record, and can actually increase the likelihood of reoffending. Since 2014, we have been working closely with Youth Offending teams, police and other practitioners within the Youth Justice system across the country, to demonstrate the value and impact of diversion work, and share effective practice.
Please see the below publications to learn more. To keep up to date with our latest work and recent developments in Youth Diversion please click here to subscribe to our quarterly Youth Diversion Bulletin. You can view an archive of previous bulletins here.
We have developed in partnership with the Youth Justice Institute an Effective Practice Award, a free online course designed to help practitioners understand the key principles of diversion from the formal criminal justice system, and the implications in everyday practice with children and young people who have been arrested for relatively low-level offences.