The Trust’s South Yorkshire liaison and diversion service has been awarded silver Lived Experience Charter status in recognition of their commitment to providing employment opportunities for people with lived experience.
The charter is awarded to teams supporting people with experience of the care or criminal justice system into employment. The Lived Experience Charter is led by Career Matters and commissioned by NHS England, Health & Justice.
The Trust’s liaison and diversion services help vulnerable adults and young people from when they first come into contact with the criminal justice system, ensuring the right support can be accessed from the start.
The Lived Experience Charter process offers services the opportunity to review their current approach to the recruitment of people with lived experience, and receive training on best practice approaches.
The team received their award at a virtual ceremony along with just 20 other organisations.
Janette Hawkins, South Yorkshire liaison and diversion service manager, said: “One of our service’s aims is to improve the overall health and social care outcomes of vulnerable young people and adults, diverting them away from the criminal justice system and supporting them in the reduction of re-offending.
“We’re so proud to have received the charter acknowledging our support. We know that people with lived experience can bring unique skills and knowledge which can help to further improve our service for all, and we really do value this.”