Cleveland DIVERT offers an alternative way to engage with first time and low-level offenders, instead of sending them to court and prosecuting them. A person on the scheme is expected to engage in support helping to address the issues in their lives that led to criminal behaviour. These issues – also known as pathways – may include mental health, substance misuse, education or housing problems. They may also be asked to do something that may repay the community for the harm they caused. This may be voluntary or reparative work, or Restorative Justice directly or indirectly for the victim, if they request it. We are able to offer complex female offenders a female-only space in order to carry out any one-to-one work, offence focused work and carry out programmes on many issues connected to the initial offence such as self-esteem, decision making and managing low mood. If they do not complete the programme – they may go to court and to face prosecution.

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