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We offer advice and support for people when they first come into contact with the criminal justice system across the Humber. This includes suspects, defendants and offenders.

We identify people with mental health issues, learning difficulties, substance misuse and other vulnerabilities at an early stage and work with them to reduce the likelihood of re-offending. We assess their health and social needs to help them get the support they need. We work closely with the service users, police, courts, probation officers, Youth Offending Teams and other key organisations to inform decision-making about their care.

As early as possible we ensure that people are screened and assessed. Our work includes:

  • Providing advice, guidance and signposting to relevant support services to suit location and need.
  • Developing a care plan and specialist assessment of needs when the person is seen.
  • Transferring individuals as needed in to the community outreach team and a bespoke community-based care package with allocated support workers and volunteers implemented.
  • Working in courts, with probation officers, Youth Offending Teams and other key organisations to inform proceedings and support court decision-making when sentencing.

Who's it for?

We care about the individual and aim to reduce the likelihood of reoffending. Our team will work with service users and the organisations they will come into contact with to create a support package aimed at breaking the cycle of crime that vulnerable people can develop.

We help with:

  • Mental health

  • Substance misuse

  • Learning disability

  • Speech and language issues

  • Capacity for effective participation in criminal justice procedures

  • Cultural and gender needs

  • Safeguarding

  • Age and development related needs

  • Neuro-disability needs

  • ADHD/Autism/Asperger’s

  • Social vulnerabilities (including, relationships, daily living, educational and occupational needs, employment/vocational needs, housing, finance)

How to access the service/Referrals 

If you want our help you can refer yourself. You can also ask someone at the custody suite or court to refer you. Referrals can be made by the Crown Prosecution Service, inpatient service, primary and secondary care services, the police, prison, probation and court, social services, solicitors, voluntary agencies and youth offending teams.

Referrals to the service can be made 24 hours a day 7 days a week by calling our single point of access: 0113 376 0370.

Select option 2 Humberside Liaison and Diversion.

Tel: 0113 376 0370

and select Option 2 – Humberside Liaison and Diversion

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The Humber Liaison and Diversion service is provided by Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Community Links.

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