This briefing provides findings from our comprehensive survey of point-of-arrest youth diversion in England and Wales. As far as we know, this is the most complete survey ever conducted.
We systematically mapped youth diversion across England and Wales to provide a clearer picture of the realities of, and gaps in, its provision. We contacted 152 YOTs, of which 115 confirmed they operate a point-of-arrest diversion scheme and have responded to our questionnaire (or been interviewed).
The survey has provided a wealth of, until now, untapped information. Our research shows that youth diversion is widely but variably practised. Alongside encouraging good practice – including tailored interventions – there are clearly areas for improvement, including around speed of referral.
As well as our open offer of light-touch support, we provide enhanced support to a limited number of schemes each year. Please contact Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0203 735 9437 to discuss how we can help.
This work has been generously funded by the Hadley Trust.