154. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the tendering process for the forthcoming Kerry GYDP scheme; the process for selection; when the information will be available on all projects; if they will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7931/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I take it that the Deputy is referring primarily to the upcoming call for proposals process for the provision of Garda Youth Diversion Project (GYDP) services throughout the country.
I can inform the Deputy that my Department is obliged to carry out a call for proposals process in relation to GYDP services in 2018, to comply fully with requirements related with the co-funding of projects by the European Social Fund Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
GYDPs deliver a valuable service to young offenders and provide an effective and essential support to the operation of the statutory Garda Diversion Programme by An Garda Síochána. The call for proposals provides the opportunity to update and improve the operating model of a very valuable service. The new model will ensure access in all areas of the State to GYDP services for young people who have committed a crime or engaged in anti-social behaviour.
While certain aspects of the new service model have been determined, IYJS is currently undertaking an extensive consultation process with relevant stakeholders in relation to all aspects of the GYDP change programme with a view to informing further development of the model prior to the call for proposals being issued.
I am advised that, following the current consultations, the Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS) intend to publish full details of the call for proposals and the selection process. This is expected during Quarter 2 of this year.
As the Deputy may also be aware, an independent evaluation report is awaited on a pilot GYDP service delivery model that was introduced in County Kerry in 2015. The outcome of this examination will assist IYJS in the development of GYDP services generally.