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ICJA 2017 - Youth Justice Policy in Ireland - Where to Next?

"Youth Justice Policy in Ireland  -  Where to next?"

This one day conference was a collaboration of the Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS), the Department of Justice and Equality, An Garda Síochána, The Probation Service, the Irish Prison Service and the Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development (ACJRD). The lead partner for 2017 was the Irish Youth Justice Service.

Opportunities were provided throughout the day for delegates to share information, exchange views and network with colleagues who engage in similar or complementary areas of expertise. The Chatham House Rule applied for this conference.

The report includes the following plenary papers:

Conference Welcome and setting the scene
Michelle Shannon, Director, Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS)

Conference Opening
David Stanton TD, Minister of State for Justice, with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration

What Works and What Could Work Better in Irish Youth Justice Policy
Judge John O’Connor, Children Court

Reflections on the Irish Legislation
Professor Geoffrey Shannon, Special Rapporteur on Child Protection

The Juveniles in the Romanian Criminal Justice System
Roxana Ungureanu, West University Timisoara, Romania

Children’s Voices
Julie Ahern, Membership and Public Affairs Officer, Children’s Rights Alliance

Detention or Not?
Professor Ursula Kilkelly, Professor and Dean of Law, University College Cork

Conference Closing
Dr. Fergal Lynch, Secretary General, Department of Children and Youth Affairs

The report includes the following workshop summaries:

Prevention – How can it act effectively as a Gatekeeper to the Criminal Justice System?
Patrick Gates, Coordinator, Young People at Risk, (YPAR) North Inner City & Frank Mulville, Meitheal Services and Support Coordinator, YPAR

New Challenges in Diversion and the Way Forward
Superintendent Colette Quinn, Director of the Diversion Programme, An Garda Síochána with Joan Cherry, Director, The Northside Inter-Agency Project (NIAP)

Family Conferencing – The experience under the Children Act 2001
Dr. Etáin Quigley, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Applied Research for Connected Health (ARCH), UCD

Victims of Young Offenders
Inspector Lorraine Stack, An Garda Síochána Victim Liaison Office, and Dr Johnny Connolly, Irish Research Council Scholar in the Centre for Crime, Justice and Victim Studies, School of Law, University of Limerick

The Non-Adversarial Challenges for a Juvenile Justice Lawyer
Aoife McNickle BL

Mainstreaming Youth Crime Prevention in Youth and Other Services
Miriam Ryan, Area Manager Blanchardstown Youth Service, Foróige

Offenders aged 18-24 years – The Justifications and Challenges for extending Juvenile Justice approaches to them
Eoin Carroll, Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and Brian Santry, Regional Manager, Young Person’s Probation

Dealing with Prolific Offending – Research and Future Practice
Eoin O’Meara Daly and Dr Catherine Naughton, University of Limerick (Greentown Project) and Rose Sweeney, Assistant Principal Officer, An Garda Síochána (Youth Joint Agency Response to Crime YJARC)

Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing in Detention and into the Community - The Oberstown Experience.
Eimear Ryan, Senior Speech and Language Therapist, and Sanna Cramnell, Social Worker, Assessment Consultation & Therapy Service (ACTS)

Children at Risk and in Trouble with the Law - the role of Children and Young People’s Services Committees
Margaret Mastriani, Co-Ordinator, Limerick Children and Young People’s Service Committee and John Cole, Policy Innovation Unit, Department of Children and Youth Affairs

To view the Conference Report, please click here.

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