Shetland Islands Council
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Interventions suitable for
Those whom the Fiscal Service deem suitable for referral.
Programme Title and Provider
Diversion from Prosecution
Details of all Specific national or local scheme/intervention(s) available
The Diversion from Prosecution scheme offers supervision to those whom the Fiscal Service deem suitable for referral. Individuals will agree to take part in the scheme on a voluntary basis, and normally the period of voluntary supervision is up to 12 weeks, though extension of this is possible.
Completion of a piece of work within this scheme allows individuals to address areas of their lives which are problematic, e.g. family relationships, alcohol use, etc. and to avoid a criminal conviction if the Procurator Fiscal decides no further action is necessary. This can lead to improved family functioning, reduction in alcohol/substances, and improved employment prospects given the lack of criminal conviction.
Process for Assessment and/or inclusion in scheme/intervention
The Procurator Fiscal informs Criminal Justice Social Work of individuals they consider appropriate to take part in this scheme. CJSW then does an initial assessment of suitability, and informs the PF of the outcome of this. The PF then offers the individual the opportunity to engage with CJSW as part of Diversion from Prosecution scheme.