The aim of the London Liaison & Diversion Network is to establish opportunities for communication and learning across London between practitioners and managers of all services that have a role in diverting and supporting people with vulnerabilities in contact with the justice system. It is also intended to be a vehicle for communication between those in liaison and diversion services, practitioners and professionals from other justice services, and also commissioners and policy makers.
A similar network was developed for London as part of the original Department of Health’s Diversion pathfinder programme and ran for two years. This existed up until the launch of the first NHS England funded Pilot in North and East London. This first wave of pilots and the second wave in London (covering the remaining boroughs North of the Thames in West and North West London have been part of a national network of support that have included some web-based support, thematic events and an annual national conference. However, there is currently no London-specific network or support that is also available to services south of the Thames. The intention of this network is to meet this gap and provide a reinvigorated version of the support previously provided.
The network consists of the following elements:
- Two full day conferences per year;
- These webpages;
- Email updates and news (at least monthly, but would provide important updates as and when required).
The Network will be led by Centre for Mental Health’s Associate Director for its Criminal Justice Programme – Dr Graham Durcan.
At our second conference on 24 February 2017, the Rt. Hon. Norman Lamb MP opened the conference via a video message - watch below:
For more information about Liaison and Diversion, see our report Keys to Diversion.