686. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Justice the amount the NGO and charity sector receive in funding from her Department per annum. [26634/21]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy will appreciate, the amount of funding received by the NGO and charity sector from my Department differs from year to year. In 2019, NGOs and charities received €31,475,894 in funding from the Department of Justice.
However, as the Deputy will be aware, in October 2020, a number of functions in my Department were transferred to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. Therefore, some funding provided by my Department transferred during 2020, in particular, funding related to the integration and equality functions. The amount of funding received by NGOs and charities from the Department in 2020 was €20,237,670.
The Deputy may be interested to note that my Department funds a network of 105 Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDPs) throughout the state. As set out in the recently-published Youth Justice Strategy, arrangements are in train to ensure a significant development of the work of the GYDPs. In particular, enhancement will be made to GYDP services in the areas of:
- Early intervention and engagement with more challenging children and young people whose needs may be too complex for the existing GYDP services
- Family support
- Engagement with younger children (8-11 years)
- Work with schools to support retention of young people with challenging behaviour in the education system
Some areas do not currently have a GYDP service. The Strategy proposes to achieve full national coverage within two years, principally by extending the operating area of existing projects, but a small number of new projects will also be required.
My Department also funds NGOs to provide supports to victims of crime, particularly of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence and of human trafficking. The supports funded include information and advice, and court accompaniment, but do not include provision of services for which the HSE or Tusla have responsibility.