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Egan, Annabel (2021) Report of proceedings: Garda youth diversion projects virtual conference 2021. Dublin: Department of Justice.

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The Garda Youth Diversion Projects Annual Conference 2021 was hosted via Zoom by the Department of Justice.

The event, which ran over two half-days in April, was very well attended with 394 delegates on day one and 392 delegates on day two including youth justice workers, members of An Garda Síochána, six conference speakers, members of the event planning team and other relevant members of staff at the Department of Justice (see Annex 1 for further detail on attendance).
First and foremost, the conference offered delegates an opportunity to reflect collectively on their own practice and experience during what has been a uniquely challenging period for youth justice workers and young people taking part in GYDPs nationwide due to the isolation imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Crucially, the conference also provided delegates with an opportunity to consider the new Youth Justice Strategy 2021-2027, launched just prior to the conference on 15 April 2021.

The conference was hosted online by Deaglán Ó Briain, Criminal Justice Policy (Community Safety) and was opened by James Browne T.D., Minister of State for Law Reform. The Minister’s address was followed by a presentation from Brendan Sheehy, Department of Justice on the Youth Justice Strategy Other invited guest speakers on day one included Dr. Sean Redmond, Research Evidence into Policy, Programmes and Practice and Chief Superintendent Colette Quinn, of the Youth Diversion Bureau. Assistant Commissioner Paula Hilman gave a short welcoming address to attendees on day two and the conference was also addressed by invited guest speakers Dr. Ian Marder, Maynooth University and Dr. Sharon Lambert, University College Cork.

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