This toolkit is for any practitioner who is involved in, or considering creating, a point-of-arrest diversion scheme for young people in contact with the criminal justice system.
Sections 1 and 2 lays out the research case – first, for youth diversion generally; second, for specific practice considerations within youth diversion models.
Section 3 outlines what commissioners of youth diversion told us they would like to hear from you. Section 4 brings all of this together to help you make the strongest possible case.
Finally, a technical note provides a way of demonstrating the cost effectiveness of youth diversion through immediate cost avoidance – primarily avoided costs to the police and court system. The accompanying tool is available free of charge to appropriate schemes.
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.