Centre for Public Health

Liverpool John Moores University

Public Health Institute - Liverpool John Moores University

World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention

Part of the Liverpool John Moores University

Criminal Justice Project: Drug Interventions Programme

DIPThe Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) was initially rolled out in April 2003 to areas of high crime and then to the whole of England in 2005. DIP’s aim is to identify and engage with drug using offenders at every stage of the criminal justice system, for example pre-arrest, arrest, sentencing, prison and post-prison release. At each stage, the intention is to provide services tailored to clients’ specific needs, addressing issues such as housing, education, employment, finance, family relationships and health as well as offending behaviour and drug use. DIP aims to provide a beginning-to-end support system that can direct drug using offenders out of crime and into treatment.

In October 2013, the Home Office decommissioned DIP as a national programme and Public Health England (PHE) took responsibility for collecting and reporting the data previously reported to the Home Office for criminal justice interventions. There were some limitations as not all data sets could be reported on by PHE, for example drug testing data, but locally teams had more scope to tailor their data collection to their local needs once it complied with the overarching Required Assessment and PHE criminal justice process. DIP as a programme continues to be implemented across four of the five Merseyside areas (Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral), though the processes remain in place at all stages of the criminal justice system in order to engage offenders into drug treatment within all five areas (DIP ceased to exist in Liverpool in April 2016).

The Monitoring Team have two main roles in relation to the criminal justice data monitoring: