Why are L&D services needed?
There are well-documented high levels of health and care needs within youth and adult offender populations, with the prevalence higher than in the general population.
By addressing peoples' mental health, learning disability and / or substance misuse vulnerabilities when they first come into contact with the youth and adult justice systems, it is expected that offending behaviours will be addressed, contributing to reductions in future arrests and in the use of police and court time.
Who uses our service?
The liaison and diversion service can be used by any individual within a criminal justice system, most commonly police custody and the courts. Some of those people we see in court and custody are also supported by our outreach service.
How can we help?
Our qualified practitioners can assess people in order to determine any areas of support and make referrals where necessary. We cover all areas of vulnerabilities which include mental health, learning disability, learning difficulty, homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse.
The team consists of Registered Nurses, Support Time & Recovery workers (STR) and Administrative staff who are based at a number of locations, Malinsgate Custody Suite (Telford), Monkmoor Custody Suite (Shrewsbury), Clee Building (Redwoods Hospital, Shrewsbury) and Telford Magistrates Court.
How to access our service?
Our referrals are received from professionals who work within the criminal justice agency setting. This includes custody staff, custody healthcare professionals, substance misuse services, concerned or interested persons and self-referral. We also accept referrals for assessment from outside agencies that maybe involved in the care of the person in custody and are aware of them being in the custody setting.
Anyone is able to access our service, there is no age restriction. The individual to be assessed must be in police custody / court or attend one of our assessment clinics as arranged whilst in custody / court.
All individuals who are assessed and found to be in need of further specialist intervention will be referred to the appropriate services. This is done by using existing pathways for those particular services. This includes hospital admission, Crisis Team, primary and secondary mental health services, substance misuse services, prison in-reach services, GP and relevant third sector or voluntary agency services.
Our service can be accessed Mon to Fri 9am-7pm and Sat / Sun 9am-5pm.
An individual can access our service by self-referral whilst in police custody by making staff aware they wish to speak to a practitioner.
New access to a package of digital resources to support mental wellbeing
Silvercloud activities and videos can be used independently or with feedback from an online supporter. People using Forensic inpatient, Liaison and Diversion, Offender Personality Disorder; Integrated Offender Management and Mental Health Treatment Requirement services at MPFT can speak to someone involved in their care to find out how to access the programme.