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Committee appointed to monitor the effectiveness of the diversion programme. (2017) Annual report of the Committee appointed to monitor the effectiveness of the diversion programme 2015. Dublin: An Garda Siochana.

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  • The total number of individual children referred to the Programme in 2015 was 9,807 compared to9,991 in 2014.
  • In 2015, there was a reduction of 2% in the number of referrals to the Juvenile Diversion Programme.
  • 4,860 (50%) children had their cases dealt with by way of an informal caution compared to 4,925 (49%) in 2014.
  • 2,422 (25%) children had their cases dealt with by way of a formal caution which is unchanged from the 2014 percentage (2,526 children).
  • The total number of incidents referred to the Diversion Programme during 2015 was 19,513 compared to 19,854 in 2014.
  • 7,282 (74%) of the children referred were admitted to the Diversion Programme compared to 7,451 (74%) in 2014.
  • 1,479 (15%) children were considered not suitable for inclusion in the Programme compared to 1,582 (16%) in 2014.
  • 25% of children who were referred to the Programme were female while 75% were male, the same as 2014 figures.
  • The Garda Programme of Restorative Justice continued to develop, promoting restorative practice in youth diversion intervention. Juvenile Liaison Officers used Restorative Justice in 891 referrals.
  • Theft and related offences (28.6%), Public Order (22.7%), and damage to property and to the environment
  • (11.3) continue to be the main categories of offences for which children were referred.
  • The current number of Garda staff working in the Diversion Programme is 127, 112 of which are attached to Garda districts across the country.
Item Type
Report
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Crime prevention
Date
January 2017
Pages
26 p.
Publisher
An Garda Siochana
Corporate Creators
Committee appointed to monitor the effectiveness of the diversion programme
Place of Publication
Dublin
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