Projects and Initiatives
Hartlepool Triage Service
In January 2010 Hartlepool's Youth Offending Service (YOS) introduced a Triage Service as a pilot for the Cleveland area. Hartlepool is also currently the only YOS delivering Triage within the Tees Valley area.
Under Triage young people arrested in Hartlepool are seen and assessed by a YOS worker at the time they are arrested and booked through the Police Custody Suite.
Where a young person meets the below criteria and so are judged unlikely to reoffend they are diverted out of the Youth Justice System and receive a restorative disposal for their offence which is combined with support and guidance from various agencies.
A young person must:
- Be aged between 10-17 years,
- Be a first time entrant to the criminal justice system,
- Live in Hartlepool,
- Have committed a less serious offence which would warrant a reprimand or final warning disposal as determined by the Custody Sergeant,
- Show remorse and admit the offence,
- Agree to a victim led Restorative Justice intervention.
If accepted for Triage, a young person will be required to successfully complete their victim led Restorative Justice intervention(s). They will not get a criminal record and will be recorded on the Police National Computer as having received a restorative disposal for their offence.
Should a young person not meet the above criteria or refuse to complete their victim led Restorative Justice intervention(s) they will be prosecuted as normal for their offence.
For further information regarding the Triage Service please contact Roni Checksfield - Youth Inclusion Custody Co-ordinator on Tel: 01429 284015. Please also download the Hartlepool Triage Service Leaflet.