Following the success of the DIVERT and the Violent Crime Taskforce (VCTF) Intervention programmes that have been embedded within Bounce Back in partnership with the Metropolitan Police for the last 2 years, we have launched Bounce Back Youth. This is our own programme of engagement with people aged 10 to 18 years and we will not only be supporting those in prison, but actively diverting young people away from crime and helping them to avoid prison.
DIVERT is a Metropolitan Police Service Intervention programme that works in partnership with Bounce Back and is aimed at reducing the prevalence of re-offending. It was specifically created to provide a means of early intervention in the criminal justice process with a view to identifying and meeting the individual needs of young offenders. It is a unique, award winning programme aimed at reducing re-offending by diverting 18-25 year olds into education, skills training and employment opportunities to develop their skills and support them into more positive and sustainable pathways.
DIVERT’s specialist ‘Custody Intervention Coaches’ meet young offenders during the period immediately following their arrest whilst they are being held in police custody, which is considered as an opportune ‘teachable moment’ to address their vulnerabilities. Their role is to provide information, advice and guidance which includes developing a plan that support individuals away from crime and into positive career opportunities. DIVERT sits outside of the criminal justice system and their coaches are independent of the police investigation, so all conversations are completely confidential.
Bounce Back works in partnership with DIVERT to broaden the support package and available opportunities. Operating in five London prisons as well as within the Community with a focus on skills training and support into employment, our role in the project is to work with the coaches to engage with individuals in one of two ways. If they do go to prison after they are arrested, Bounce Back can support and train them in custody and work with them as a regular point of contact through to release. Alternatively, if an offender does not receive a custodial sentence and they remain in the community, Bounce Back provides them with training and offers joint support for them to gain beneficial skills or employment.
VCTF is Bounce Back’s Violent Crime Task Force Intervention programme. It is another collaboration with the Metropolitan Police which is designed to reduce the prevalence of violence committed by young adults across London. The VCTF programme aims to build on the success of DIVERT by taking referrals from their coaches for anyone aged 14+ who live in London and are concerned in violent crime. Our dedicated VCTF team then support them into sustainable education, skills training and further development opportunities, ideally with employment and ongoing support as an endgame. They primarily accept offenders who have decided to make positive change in their lives and will work with them to offer a way forward that diverts them away from offending and gang exploitation.
If you are an MPS officer and would like to make are referral please download our VCTF referral form v2.0 and email to firstname.lastname@example.org