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Criminal Justice Liaison & Diversion Practitioner

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rata per annum
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
Liaison and Diversion Practitioner Custody Suites

12 Month Fixed Term or Secondment Opportunity.

3 x Long Days per week plus an addition per month.

We have an exciting opportunity for motivated and enthusiastic Band 6 allied health professionals to work as an integrated part of the Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Team in Northamptonshire.

This role has multiple bases including Criminal Justice Centre Brackmills, Weekly Wood Justice Centre Kettering and county wide community setting.

The role of the Liaison & Diversion Practitioner is to work in partnership with Police, Probation, His Majesty's Court and Tribunal Service and Third Sector organisations in the screening and assessment of offenders pre and post charge in Police Custody, Magistrates Courts and other Criminal Justice locations.

Main duties of the job

The Liaison & Diversion Service is an all age, all vulnerability model and will screen identified individuals and advise partner agencies on their needs and the potential impact on their offending behaviour to help identify appropriate custodial or alternative to custody options. The practitioner will demonstrate an understanding of mental health assessments and the health needs of offenders and will work closely alongside partner agencies to promote the safety and the well- being of offenders, their families/carers and the wider public. The post holder will assess and, where appropriate, refer to Primary and/or Secondary and/or Third Sector organisations based on any identified need alongside providing advice and support to the criminal justice process.

About us

The post holder will be required to work on a 7 day per week rota. Service operates between 08:00-20:00. Weekend working will be on a roster basis.

This post requires Police Vetting Clearance.

Job description

Job responsibilities

KEY DUTIES - Custody Practitioner
  • Provide initial assessments of suspects or offenders to identify present needs, and refer to other pathways dependant on presenting vulnerability.
  • Work collaboratively with local services and agencies to conduct detailed assessments of appropriate referrals with a focus on offending behaviour, risk of harm to others and related issues and needs.
  • Undertake comprehensive assessment of clients individual needs and strengths to obtain and record all relevant information about their physical health, substance misuse, learning disability, mental health, their social and personal circumstances, their care service histories and current needs and problems.
  • Utilising agreed tools and processes, undertake risk assessments in relation to offending behaviours including taking a lead role in facilitating the assessment process and providing specialist support regarding risk decision making and risk management planning.
  • Demonstrate specialist knowledge across a range of procedures underpinned by theory.
  • Develop, monitor and review plans to meet identified needs.
  • Deploy a range of strategies using evidence based psychosocial interventions for individuals that is time limited, with a focus on reducing and managing offending behaviour and risk of harm to others.
  • To assess needs and requirement in housing, occupation and benefits with knowledge of appropriate support agencies.
  • Provide supervision and peer supervision across the team

Person Specification

Qualification & Experience


  • Appropriate professional registration/ qualification
  • Min 3 years post qualification experience working with people with mental health problems.


  • Training and evidenced competencies (or appropriate qualification) in forensic mental health.

Skills & Knowledge


  • Knowledge of legal frameworks (PACE, MHA, MCA, MAPPA) and application to people with mental health problems.
  • Knowledge of current policy regarding people with mental health problems and other vulnerabilities within the criminal justice and forensic services.


  • Skills in assessment and detailed history taking together with the accessing of collateral information.
  • Previous experience in working in the community

Employer details

Employer name

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Newland House



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