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The Arrest Referral Service works with people over 16 years of age who have been arrested and whose offending may be because of their misuse of drugs or alcohol. It targets people soon after arrest.

The service can help people contact harm reduction, treatment and rehabilitation services. The team assists service users and motivates them to engage with relevant agencies to deal with other health and other needs. Working with the service is voluntary and not a formal part of any criminal justice process.

Initial assessments take place in the court cells with follow up on release. Anyone released from police custody is also told about the service. If they agree, the police can pass their details direct to the service. Those offered the service in this way receive a phone call / appointment for assessment. Anyone who has an assessment while in custody can access the service later. They should phone or call in person at the Sacro office.

Days and TimesSome evenings and weekends depending on programme.
Support forPeople aged 16 - 64, People with alcohol or drug problems.
What to do nextThe service is offered to anyone who has been arrested and transferred from police custody to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
Provided bySacro
AddressSacro, Community Justice Centre, 23 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh
PostcodeEH6 8PG
Phone0131 622 7500

Arrest Referral Service website

Area servedCity wide
Last modified 13/02/2015
Category Crime   One to one support  

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