DIVERT is an intervention programme delivered in police custody suites which is designed to reduce reoffending by DIVERTing young adults between 18-25 years of age away from crime.
The DIVERT Programme aims to address a gap in the statutory provision for young adults and involves Custody Intervention Coaches (who are employed by football club charitable organisations such as WWSET) explaining the numerous available positive routes that arrested individuals can be referred to and then following this up with the collaborative design of a long term development plan to assist each individual in fulfilling their own goals.
Furthermore, Custody Intervention Coaches welcome referrals from other relevant local statutory and community organisations who know of young adults who may benefit from engagement on the programme.
The DIVERT Custody Intervention Coaches are NOT police officers. They give their time with genuine interest to each young adult they meet, whether in or out of police custody, in an effort to start a meaningful relationship and effective intervention. Hopefully this then leads to positive outcomes being achieved by those being engaged, particularly in relation to individuals accessing education, training and/or employment opportunities.
As of 2021 the DIVERT Programme will be delivered across the whole of Thames Valley by Custody Intervention Coaches representing all four professional football clubs that fall within the area (Wycombe Wanderers, Reading FC, MK Dons and Oxford Utd). There are also numerous Custody Intervention Coaches already representing football clubs across London as well as the North West of England.
WWSET’s delivery of the DIVERT programme is funded by the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley and the operational management of the programme is led by the New Era Foundation. More information can be found about the DIVERT programme online at www.newerafoundation.uk/divert