YOT Presentations from Developing Practice Prevention and Diversion Workshops 2021

Summary:  Below are a variety of presentations concerning prevention and diversion practice in youth offending teams around England.


Linked below are a variety of presentations delivered at the regional Developing Practice Prevention and Diversion Workshops in spring/summer 2021 by youth offending teams.

These detail prevention and diversion practice in their YOT. Some include context of current practice, implementation methods, relevant evaluations and planned next steps. A short overview of each presentation is listed below.



Linked is also a national summary of common themes from all the workshops.

Spring-Summer 2021 Developing Practice Prevention and Diversion Workshops - National Summary

North SomersetUsing the Youth Inclusion Support Project (YISP) model to support children experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties.

Gloucestershire: Children First is a partnership / trauma-informed approach, aiming to avoid the stigmatising impact of a criminal record for children, while offering a robust intervention.

Bristol: The diversion processes include a 'Call in Programme' aimed at engaging those from ethnic minorities in diversionary programmes and a Weapons / Drugs in Schools Initiative.

Buckinghamshire: The Early Intervention offer includes a full-time Youth Worker to work on RUI's, a Schools Project to address the risk of exclusion and offending behaviours and a Disproportionality Project in schools involving volunteers from ethnic minorities.

Milton Keynes: The Early Support Project has a diversion and prevention service with a strong health and education focus, including assessing all children for Speech, Language and Communication Needs.

West Berkshire: Since 2018 the YOT offer and deliver prevention interventions referred by police or schools and since 2019 they have established a drugs diversion pilot with Thames Valley Police.

South Tees: A prevention and diversion offer consisting of two levels; Level 1 is support worker led involving no more than 4/6 sessions around offending behaviour, Level 2 is a longer whole family approach that includes a YOT assessment based on AssetPlus.

Sunderland: Restorative approaches in prevention, initially targeted towards offending in residential care, established a Joint Protocol in 2015 and now developing a restorative approach in schools.

Darlington: Three chargeable prevention offers (all generated income is used toward activities with children); Pupil Referral Unit Bike Project since 2018, Duke of Edinburgh Award and 10-week Prevention Programme (outdoor physical activity and educational visits).

Essex: The use of Outcome 22 in Essex, which accounts for 25% of out-of-court panel outcomes, and partnership working with Essex Police.

Norfolk: Introduced a Point of Arrest Diversion Scheme in 2015 and a pilot Diversion Panel in 2019, currently considering referrals at panel before an assessment.

Lincolnshire: Joint Diversionary Panel in place since 2017 in partnership with Lincolnshire Police and Children’s Services, receives referral for all cases where a child has made a full admission, except first time community resolutions and indictable only offences. Slides updated July 2021.

Nottinghamshire: My Futures: Youth Intervention Programme, developed in consultation with children, which is youth justice team integrated with broader children’s services.

Northamptonshire: The diversion scheme managed since 2014 was expanded to include prevention cases (children at risk of offending) alongside out-of-court disposals in 2019.

Doncaster: Triage Diversion scheme involving multi-agency triage panel meetings to decide between a light touch intervention offer or referral to YOT assessment and outcome recommendation.

Barnsley: Triage diversion scheme established in 2019 involving multi-agency panels and Liaison and Diversion offer since 2016.

Cheshire: Divert scheme across Cheshire which includes a dedicated Divert team, cost analysis from the Centre for Justice Innovation indicates the schemes cost-effectiveness.

Lancashire: Child First diversion scheme established in 2019 in partnership with Police and children’s social care.

Tameside: Youth Justice Service & Greater Manchester Police Prevention, Intervention, Engagement and Diversion (PIED) Pilot conducted with Violence Reduction Unit funding.

Hackney: Young Hackney is an integrated Early Help service in Hackney Council, with an emphasis on youth work methodology, strength-based, restorative and trauma-informed approaches, systemic thinking, child first, anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice.

Tower Hamlets & the City of London: Alongside routine / weekly OOCD panels, Tower Hamlets have been running a Breaking the Cycle of Youth Violence ‘Evolve’ programme as a 12-month pilot, ending July 2021. They are looking to adapt and continue the programme.

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea: A review of their HMIP Inspection published March 2021, rated ‘Good’ overall, focusing on the three out-of-court disposal cases considered.



Name: Katie Shoebridge 
Email: Katie.Shoebridge@yjb.gov.uk
Name: Helen Downham
Email: Helen.Downham@yjb.gov.uk