If you’re between 14 and 17, if you’re a suspect for a crime, you’ll be considered under the Youth Justice system. If you commit a minor offence, the police will usually try to use ‘alternative action’ so that you can learn from your mistakes without having to go through formal court processes.
Diversion is for some people aged 17 and older, and works in a similar kind of way. It is a programme where minor charges can be withdrawn if you meet the conditions set and agreed. You aren’t required to use a diversion or accept it if the police offer it to you, nor are you guaranteed diversion, but if you can get it, diversion is usually the best option for you if you’ve broken the law and want to avoid having a conviction on your record.
This section informs you about diversion.