The three teams consist of Admin, Practitioner, Managerial and Support Staff. Our client group are vulnerable people who find themselves in the criminal justice system whose vulnerabilities may include mental illness, learning disabilities and autism. The Service offers support and advice to Clients, Police, Court and Community Staff.
There is a duty member of staff embedded in Basingstoke, Portsmouth and Southampton Custody Suites 12 hours per day and out of hours support can be reached on 02392 683400
HLDS accepts referrals with client consent from
- clients themselves
- police staff
- court staff
- probation staff
- and social services
We can provide support and information to vulnerable individuals on a range of subjects, whilst also liaising with other services. Our practitioners can make recommendations, support the individual to attend any appointments and liaise with health services when a Mental Health Act assessment may be warranted and it’s believed an individual needs to be admitted to hospital for urgent care. We can advise the court if a defendant is suffering from a mental health problem, learning disability, speech and language difficulty, an autistic spectrum disorder or other vulnerabilities.