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Visit to Gloucester

Up to Implementation Plans
July 07. 2012
professor louis appleby

This week's visit to Gloucester was memorable. The youth liaison & diversion service provided a chance to discuss the practicalities of engaging young people coming into contact with the police. In Gloucester the L&D team aims to contact them all - literally knocking on their doors as part of an outreach model. Could their apparently high rate of mental disorder reflect the fact that no-one is missed out?

Then at the 2gether trust I heard about the treatment of adult offenders through a course of psychological therapy linked to IAPT. This has the potential to influence the model of adult diversion that will be developed nationally. It means adapting CBT for offenders whose verbal skills may be poor and who may find it hard to step back and examine their feelings. The extra innovation is using text prompts instead of cognitive diaries.

When the experience of L&D is put together for national roll-out, we must make sure we capture these elements that are crucial to making diversion work.

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