Child and Youth Court Liaison Service
Are you struggling at the moment and feel like you need to chat?
Who are we?
We are mental health workers who are available at the Courts to provide support for young people aged 10 – 18 years who are struggling with their feelings and behaviour.
You can ask us for information or talk to us about your worries.
We can also put you in touch with the right services, such as counselling, a General Practitioner (GP) or mental health services that can support you after Court.
Who can we help?
If you are at Court and feel confused, worried, stressed, upset or hopeless then we are here to help you.
Sometimes you may feel like you cannot control your behaviour or emotions. Maybe you think your feelings and behaviour influenced the actions that brought you to court.
We are a free service at court that helps support young people with these difficulties.
How can we help?
We will first have a chat about what is worrying you and how you are feeling. We can then give you some options for getting more help from services in your area if you feel you need it.
Chatting with the Court Liaison Service will only happen with your consent. The information you give us will stay confidential. Sometimes, we may need to share important information about you with the Magistrate or your Legal Representative. If we need to share your personal information with someone else, we will make sure that we talk to you first. We will not discuss any information directly with a parent or carer unless you agree, or we are worried about your safety or the safety of others.
The Court Liaison Service cannot give legal advice or medication.
How can I access the Court Liaison Service?
You, or anyone who is worried about you, can ask for more information about the Court Liaison Service from your legal representative, Youth Justice Services, Court staff or the Court Liaison team (when available).
You do not need an appointment to chat to the Court Liaison Service.
For further support
Your local GP or hospital emergency department.
In an emergency call 000