The Criminal Justice Link Service is aimed at anyone with a serious mental health issue who is involved with criminal justice agencies. Criminal Justice Link (CJL) Officers provide a link between people in the Criminal Justice System who have a mental health need, and statutory or voluntary services such as housing, health & social care and drug and alcohol agencies, ensuring that they maintain engagement with services.
The service aims to assist clients to engage with and maintain contact with services. The service is NOT a replacement for statutory arrangements such as the OAsys (Offender
Assessment System) assessment of the Care Plan Approach (CPA) but provides:
- Advice and information - as part of a recovery plan, including: accommodation, physical wellbeing, work and occupation, training and education, finance and money, social, cultural and spiritual matters, parenting and caring responsibilities, medication for mental illness.
- Short Term Support - Link workers support the relevant caseworkers and provide personal support to clients including: listening, advice, guidance, and support during transitional periods through the criminal justice system into prison and resettlement back into the community.
- Short Term advocacy e.g help with making phone calls, help with introductions to support agencies and making initial attendance at appointments.
- Signposting to additional support - directing individuals to appropriate support agencies.
The service can be assessed by the individual themselves, the support agency involved, a
family member etc.
For further information contact:
South Wales Link Service
Suite C2, William Knox House
Neath SA10 6EL
Tel: 01792 816600