A diverted offender typically avoids a trial and is referred to programmes and services instead. Both adults and children are eligible for diversion services. We have seen an increase in the number of adult diversion over the past few years.
This allows an offender to retain his employment and remain in the family home. The loss of social support and the stigma of imprisonment are avoided. NCS offenders are found guilty and they receive a criminal record. NCS is an option for both adults and children.
Support is offered to offenders before the offenders leave prison in order to prepare them for going back into the community. Support is continued after the offenders have been released. Work is also done with the families of offenders.