What is Diversion?
Diversion refers to diverting an accused child away from formal court procedures and towards a more constructive and positive solution. Diversion is based on the principles of restorative justice, which requires that offenders accept responsibility for the crime committed, make amends for their misdeeds and initiating a healing process for themselves, their families, the victims and the community.
In essence, the aim of diversion is to give a child offender a second chance by preventing him/ her from having a criminal record and to address the root causes of the criminal behaviour through an appropriate diversion programme or intervention. Diversions for children may be offered either with or without conditions and may be considered in all cases, irrespective of the nature of the offence and whether or not previous diversions have been ordered.
Contact the regional office nearest to you to find out more about diversion services and programmes that are available in your area and how you can access them.
HELP ME NETWORK: Accredited Anti-Substance Abuse Diversion Programme for Children in Conflict with the Law
Help me Network:
13 Twin Oaks Centre, 144 Main Road, Somerset West 7129
Service Delivery Area: Somerset West and Strand Courts
- Help When a Child Has been Arrested (Service)
- Rehabilitation for Children and Adults in Conflict with the Law (Service)
- Who are Probation Officers? (Public Information)
- What is Restorative Justice? (Public Information)
- What is NICRO? (Public Information)
- Chrysalis Academy - Life skills training for young people (Service)