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Irish Youth Justice Service. (2011) Irish Youth Justice Service: annual report 2010. Dublin: Department of Justice and Law Reform.

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The Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS) is an executive office of the Department of Justice and Law Reform working with the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (OMCYA).

The IYJS is responsible for leading and driving reform in the youth justice area and is committed to the principles of dealing with young offenders through rehabilitation as enshrined in the Children Act 2001, as amended, using detention only as a last resort, when all other options have been explored. The IYJS funds organisations and projects providing services, including Garda and Probation Projects, to young people aged under 18 years who find themselves in conflict with the law. These children may be involved with An Garda Síochána, the Probation Service and the Courts Service.

We are also responsible for the development and management of an integrated children detention school service. Tackling youth crime, including anti-social behaviour, is a key priority for the Government. The approach adopted by the Government involves an incremental process of diversion from the formal criminal justice system, community sanctions as alternatives to custody and detention as a last resort. In the case of anti-social behaviour the diversion process includes the use of warnings, good behaviour contracts and anti-social behaviour orders, where appropriate.

Our remit is to improve the delivery of youth justice services and reduce youth offending. This challenge is met by focusing on diversion and rehabilitation involving greater use of community-based interventions and the promotion of initiatives to deal with young people who offend. Providing a safe and secure environment for detained children and supporting their early re-integration back into the community is also a key function.

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Harm reduction, Crime prevention
44 p.
Department of Justice and Law Reform
Corporate Creators
Irish Youth Justice Service
Place of Publication
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HRB (Electronic Only)
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