We have been successful in our bid in partnership with Touchstone to provide liaison and diversion services in Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield from 1 April 2019 in addition to our current service in Barnsley.
The liaison and diversion teams will work within police and court settings to screen and assess young people and adults within the criminal justice system to identify vulnerability.
This will enable joint informed decision making, with a view to improving health and social care outcomes as well as reducing contact with the criminal justice system in the future.
From 1 April 2019, we will also be a partner in liaison and diversion services in West Yorkshire, working with Wakefield Council and wider partners.
Team manager Emma Robinson said: “Liaison and diversion services exist in order to assess and identify vulnerability as early as possible. Through working together with our partners it allows us to work towards reducing health inequalities, and address offending behaviours to ultimately improve health and criminal justice outcomes. It’s great news that the people of South Yorkshire will benefit from the same level of service which has already proved successful in Barnsley.”