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A new Youth Justice Strategy 2021 – 2027 has been developed under the guidance of an expert Steering Group chaired by Minister of State James Browne T.D. and with the benefit of broad consultation with stakeholders.

 

The Strategy is conceived largely as a developmental framework, which provides a starting point for a range of actions and initiatives. It is grounded on child welfare principles, deriving in particular from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Objectives in the Strategy are premised on the need to maximise opportunities to promote positive behavioural change, and it includes a wide range of issues relevant to children and young people at risk of coming into contact with the criminal justice system, including:


Pursuing this broad agenda will be based on cooperative working as reflected in the Vision Statement for the Strategy:

“Collaborating across all sectors of government and society in the development and delivery of opportunities for children and young people, to harness support in their families and communities in order to strengthen their capacities to live free from crime and harm.”


The Strategy emphasises evidence-informed development of programmes and interventions. Implementation of the Strategy will prioritise enhancement of existing services such as Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDPs) and developing a range of more specialised interventions with a particular focus on harder-to-reach children and young people.


Documents

Strategy

Link to Youth Justice Strategy 2021 - 2027

 

Research Documents

 Link to Young People at Risk YPAR Case Study         Link to International Standards Relating to Youth Justice Report       Link to Looking Back at Tackling Youth Crime Report