Multi-agency review of the diversion of mentally disordered offenders in the Southampton area did not reveal particular problems or lack of professional interest, but delays and difficulties could occur at any stage. To enhance the diversion process a facilitator approach was established. An experienced social worker undertook the roles of acting as a link, educator, supervisor and monitor. This has encouraged discontinuance of criminal proceedings, assisted the integration of mentality disordered offenders into ordinary psychiatric services and reduced the need for specialist assessment and care.
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