Youth workers (2)

MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


During the Police and Crime Committee session on 6th March 2019, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime told us that youth workers would be rolled out in custody suites. Please provide detail of how many youth workers you expect to roll-out, where they will be placed, and when this will take effect.


Youth workers (2)

Youth workers (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

DIVERT, a Met supported service for young people in custody, was awarded funding through the Early Youth Intervention Fund in November 2018. Trained Custody Intervention Coaches are now being rolled out to six custody suites which include Brixton, Wood Green, Lewisham, Croydon, Stoke Newington and Bethnal Green. The full complement of four workers are currently in post.

The Police are also looking to roll out an NHS sponsored project in nine London custody suites.  This project will start in two phases in May and June 2019. They are working with the NHS to finalise the exact numbers and locations. 

In addition, in Camden and Islington there is an innovative, targeted service that responds to the needs of young people aged 10-17. This service includes one family Support Worker and two Youth Support Workers based in Holborn and Tolpuddle St custody suites. They have been in place since February 2019.