Youth Justice

The Youth Justice hub supports the effective commissioning and delivery of services for children and young people (and their families) whose behaviour puts them in contact or at risk of contact with the youth justice system.

The Youth Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion section of our site was developed to support the Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion pathfinders and others working with children and young people whose behaviour puts them in contact or at risk of contact with the youth justice system.


From 1 April 2014, the Liaison and Diversion Programme transitioned from Department of Health to NHS England to reflect the move into its implementation phase. More information, including practical guides to the key elements of Liaison and Diversion provision, is available on the Liaison and Diversion pages on the NHS England website.

This toolkit helps with the planning, commissioning and writing of health and well-being needs assessments for use across the youth justice system (YJS), in both community and secure settings.

The Comprehensive Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) provides the opportunity for standardised holistic screening and assessment for all young people throughout the YJS, in both community and secure settings.

The toolkit was developed by the Department of Health as part of the Healthy children safer communities cross-government strategy and its commitment to strengthen the commissioning of health services for children and young people in contact with the YJS, drawing on the best available evidence.


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