Liaison And Diversion Service

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    Liaison and Diversion Service

    The Liaison and Diversion Service works within the Secure Services within Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.  The service is commissioned in line with the National Liaison & Diversion Operational Model; and is an all age (10yrs onwards), all vulnerabilities model’. Liaison and Diversion intends to improve the health and justice outcomes for adults and young people who come into contact with the youth and criminal justice systems where a range of complex health and social care needs are identified as factors in their offending behaviour.

    Our services are delivered within Police Custody Suites, Magistrates Courts and Crown Courts across Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, Lancaster, Preston, Skelmersdale, Carlisle, Barrow, Workington and Kendal.

    The key principle of the service is that where identified, people of all ages in contact with the youth and criminal justice systems are screened; and where appropriate assessed or referred for specialist assessment, so that those with mental health problems, learning disabilities, cognitive disorders, substance misuse problems, financial, housing and many other vulnerabilities are identified as soon as possible in the justice pathway. Those in contact with the youth or criminal justice systems as a result of being suspected of having committed a criminal offence are, where appropriate, referred to appropriate treatment and intervention services.

    The remit of the service is to undertake assessments in criminal justice settings for persons who have been arrested. Dependent upon the outcome of the assessment, the practitioner will either facilitate the diversion of the individual away from the criminal justice system and into health care, alternatively the person will be referred on to other services that will provide support or care whilst they continue to be dealt with by the criminal justice system. We also provide court related services which offer greater support to the judiciary and access to the relevant provider services for those persons who find themselves before the court.

    How to access the service

    Our referrals are mainly received from within the Criminal Justice settings; Police Custody Suites and the Courts.

    We accept referrals from any Criminal Justice Agency, Solicitors, Health Providers, Substance Misuse Services, Concerned or Interested Person and Self-Referral.

    All assessed persons who are in need of further interventions will be referred by the team to other appropriate services utilising existing care pathways for those services which could include Hospital Admission, Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team, Step 2 or 3 Primary Care Services, Substance Misuse Services, Prison Health Care Services, Housing, financial services Third Sector or Voluntary agency Services and GP Services.

    Where this service is provided

    The Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service is predominantly an agile service with services being delivered out of Police Custody Suites and Court. Assessments are also carried out in the community or in people’s homes where appropriate.

    Central Lancashire: Preston and Skelmersdale Police Stations and Magistrates Courts

    East Lancashire: Blackburn and Burnley Police Stations and Magistrates Courts

    North Lancashire:  Blackpool and Lancaster Police Stations and Magistrates Courts

    Cumbria: Carlisle, Workington, Barrow and Kendall Police Stations and Magistrate Courts

    How to contact us

    The administrative support teams are located in the areas below, all post should be clearly marked for the attention of the Liaison & Diversion Service. Office hours are 8am until 4pm.

    Central Service

    Preston Police Station
    Lancaster Road North
    Preston
    PR1 2SA
    Tel: 01772 209902

    East Service

    Daisyfield Mill
    Appleby Street
    Blackburn
    BB1 3BL
    Tel: 07960 858024

    North Service

    Blackpool Police Station
    Gerry Richardson Way
    Off Clifton Road
    Blackpool
    FY4 4US
    Tel: 07950 862910

    Cumbria Service

    Carlisle Police Station
    Brunel Way
    Carlisle
    Cumbria
    CA1 3NQ
    Tel: 07940 462812

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