Supporting the recruitment and retention of people with Lived Experience of the Criminal Justice System.

Our service has recently undertaken and been awarded the Lived Experience Charter – we are proud to announce we have gained the Silver Award for supporting people with lived experience of the criminal justice system into employment. The Lived Experience Charter is led by Career Matters and commissioned by NHS England, Health & Justice.

The Lived Experience Charter has enabled us to:

  • Demonstrate our commitment to employing people with lived experience of the criminal justice system;
  • Provide opportunities for people with lived experience;
  • Increase job roles for people with lived experience;
  • Demonstrate that we have implemented the Lived Experience; Charter Values, Standards and Practices.

“We are extremely proud to have been awarded the Silver level of the Lived Experience Charter. Service user voice and co-production are golden threads that run through our entire organisation, driven by our ETE and peer support staff and volunteers. This ethos ensures that as a progressive service, we always keep the service user at the forefront of our developments and to have this recognised at such a high level is a great achievement”.

Anna, Operations Manager, West Yorkshire Liaison and Diversion

“The commitment, of Liaison & Diversion to people of lived experience has not only armoured, protected and educated me to crawl kicking and screaming out of my ‘NEURODIVERGENT UNREACHABLE HELL!’ it has given me the knowledge and tools to safely aid myself and others amidst trauma, storms to a life that feels liveable. Life saving medals all round please. Superhero’s – everyone involved”.

Nick, Lived Experience & Coproduction Lead Volunteer, West Yorkshire Liaison and Diversion