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Irish Youth Justice Service. (2008) National Youth Justice Strategy 2008 – 2010. Dublin: Stationery Office.

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The issue of the involvement of some young people in crime is one that concerns everyone. It is a key aim of Government to implement appropriate policies and strategies in this area to reduce youth offending. In consultation with key stakeholders, the IYJS has now developed the National Youth Justice Strategy to assist in the delivery of its responsibilities and those of other relevant bodies in the youth justice system.

This strategy will, in a coordinated and focused way, develop existing structures, policies and programmes for young people who are in trouble with the law. This response will hopefully meet the needs of these young people and of society. The emphasis of the strategy is on providing relevant services that meet needs and on delivering these services to high standards, while also having a positive impact on the community by reducing offending behaviour. This is refl ected in the IYJS’s mission statement and in the focus of this strategy – ‘To create a safer society by working in partnership to reduce youth offending through appropriate interventions and linkages into services.’


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