Criminal justice services

Criminal justice services work with offenders throughout the criminal justice system, from point of arrest, to court, community, custody and beyond.

Key aims are to:

  • Increase access to treatment
  • Reduce drug use
  • Reduce reoffending
  • Inform, liaise with and support organisations and agencies working with offenders
  • Contribute to safer and stronger communities

Services in the community

Criminal Justice Community Structured Drug Treatment & Care coordination
AWP have been working within the criminal justice system delivering substance misuse care coordination and treatment interventions across Bristol City and South Gloucestershire since 2001 and have embraced many changes within the commissioning of drug and alcohol services across the decade. AWP Criminal Justice services provides the opportunity to place a health partner at the table of the Criminal Justice Drugs Interventions Programme and plays a part in the Drug Strategy for reducing drug-related crime across Bristol City and South Gloucestershire.  The services involve criminal justice, health and treatment agencies working together with other services to provide a tailored solution for adults - particularly those who misuse Class A drugs - who commit crime to fund their drug misuse.  The service ensures that the delivery of individual interventions is accompanied by a definite move towards providing a beginning-to-end support system for dealing with drug-misusing offenders.
AWP do work with Key partners in the criminal justice agencies such as the police, prisons, probation officers and the courts, along with NHS England, Public Health England, and treatment service providers and those who provide linked services such as housing and job-seeker support.  

The principles which underpin our services are to provide accessible, fully supported and structured clinical and psychosocial interventions to clients within the Criminal Justice system who present substance misuse problems, to provide a service that is responsive. To ensure there are excellent services to prisoners on release, and clients in the Criminal Justice system. To deliver a service with care and respect for individual differences and choice and to ensure the availability of a wide range of evidence-based, therapeutic interventions for all services within the Criminal Justice system.

The Criminal Justice Community Teams are co located with Police and Probation at the Bristol Bridewell Police station, Avon and Somerset Magistrates and at the AWP Blackberry Centre with the South Gloucestershire Specialist Drug and Alcohol Services team. The teams deliver a range of intervention including rapid substitute prescribing, psychosocial substance misuse interventions, BBV interventions, and care coordination. The teams are made up of clinical and non clinical staff.

Criminal Justice Liaison, (ASCC and LaDS)
Our Criminal Justice Liaison Services known as Assessment Service for Custody and Courts, (ASCC) in Avon and Somerset and Liaison and Diversion Service, (LaDS) in Wiltshire are based within Police Custody and Courts across Bristol, Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire. We are teams made up of Health and Social Care Practitioners offering timely and comprehensive assessments for individuals with health and social vulnerabilities, such as mental ill health, learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorder, veterans, children and young people and women. We provide reports to inform sentencing decisions, appropriate diversions from custody and liaison with treatment providers.

Services in prisons

Integrated clinical and psychosocial substance misuse services
Assessment, support care and recovery planning are provided within the prisons listed to the right.

Drug and alcohol workers work alongside other prison departments such as healthcare, education, faith leaders and uniformed staff to motivate, encourage and facilitate plans for meaningful recovery.

They provide one to one and groupwork sessions, looking at a number of topics such as harm reduction, ambivalence and relapse prevention.

Release and transfer plans are designed with the offender to work towards a continuation of care upon transfer to another prison or upon release. Staff will liaise with, and refer to, community services such as housing, education and training, GPs, drug and alcohol services, recreation and employment.

Treatment programmes
The 12-step treatment programme is delivered to adult male prisoners in HMP Erlestoke. It is a valuable resource, enabling offenders to complete a residential rehabilitation programme whilst still in custody, preparing them for sustained abstinence and recovery upon release.

The alcohol-related violence programme is delivered in HMP Erlestoke. It is an innovative programme designed to meet the needs of prisoners whose offending is related to alcohol, but who do not identify as alcohol-dependent.

Mental Health Inreach Teams
We also have mental health teams in prisons.

Offenders receive specialist assessment, care and treatment for mental health issues, bringing prison services in line with community provision.

Criminal Justice Services

  • HMP YOI Ashfield - Mental Health Criminal Justice Service 0117 354 6300
  • HMP Bristol - Mental Health Criminal Justice Service 0117 372 3125 AND Drug and Alcohol Substance Misuse Team 0117 372 3214
  • HMP Eastwood Park - Mental Health Criminal Justice Service 01454 382322 AND Drug and Alcohol Substance Misuse Team 01454 382127
  • HMP Erlestoke - Mental Health Criminal Justice Service 0117 372 3125 AND Drug and Alcohol Substance Misuse Team 01380 814378
  • HMP Leyhill - Mental Health Criminal Justice Service 01454 382322 AND Drug and Alcohol Substance Misuse Team 0117 945 4275 
  • Petherton Resource Centre - Mental Health Criminal Justice Service (Trustwide) 01275 796200

Admin enquiries

Criminal Justice Services
3 Petherton Road
BS14 9BP

Tel: 01275 796200

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