Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service (CJLDS)

CJLDS provides early identification and screening of vulnerable people of all ages within the criminal justice system.

The team adopts a multi-disciplinary approach consisting of nurses, social workers, a youth specialist, a speech and language therapist, consultants, psychology and support workers. 

The service screens for all health and social vulnerabilities that may be contributing to increased contact with the criminal justice system. The team, where appropriate, will support individuals through the criminal justice system and where eligible, provide follow up in the community to support access to services and resources to meet their identified needs.

The team will make referrals to appropriate care providers when necessary and link in with existing care providers to ensure clear pathways for follow up.

Based on screening/assessment, CJLDS practitioners offer advice and guidance to police officers, Magistrates and other colleagues within the criminal justice system, to help determine the most appropriate level of support and outcome for each person.

New CJLDS model

The Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service (CJLDS) new model launch event was staged at the Ashford International Hotel on Friday 29 March 2019.

The team was joined by partners from the police, the courts, housing and a multitude of both national and community organisations who are working together in Kent and Medway to identify vulnerabilities and offer help at the earliest opportunity so a person gains access to the right support services, making positive changes to lives including breaking the offending cycle.

Thank you to all those who were able to attend and help make it such a successful event and to everyone involved who is committed to the service. Click here to view the presentation from the day presentation is available

Meet the manager

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You can read about the new CJLDS care model on page thirteen of our Spring 2019 edition on Connected