National Youth Justice Strategy
The National Youth Justice Strategy 2008-2010 reflected the remit of the IYJS to provide a coordinated, strategic approach to service delivery for young people in trouble with the law. It provided for the implementation of the criminal justice provisions of the Children Act 2001 relating to sanctions in the community, restorative justice, diversion and the operation and development of the children detention schools. It set out a number of goals and how these would be achieved, having regard to the role of the IYJS, the various agencies and civil society in delivering these objectives.
The Strategy was mindful of a child-centred approach to service delivery and outcomes, with the best interests of the child being paramount. Its implementation was with reference to the rights of the child, addressing their needs and holding them accountable for their actions, while developing their futures in society.
The successor to this Strategy will be published in 2013.
The National Youth Justice Strategy 2008-2010 was monitored and progressed by the National Youth Justice Oversight Group, which was established in March 2008 in order to facilitate the cross-agency collaboration needed. The group include senior representatives of key stakeholders involved in the Strategy’s implementation.
Full membership of the Oversight Group is as follows:
- Ms. Mary Doyle, Director General, Department of the Children and Youth Affairs (Chair)
- Ms. Michelle Shannon, National Director, Irish Youth Justice Service
- Mr. Aidan Waterstone, Health Service Executive
- Ms. Ruth Carmody, Assistant Secretary, Department of Education and Skills
- Mr. Alan Savage, Department of Children and Youth Affairs
- Mr. John Twomey, Assistant Commissioner, An Garda Síochána
- Mr. Tony O'Donovan, Child Welfare Advisor, Irish Youth Justice Service
- Secretary to the Group - Mr. John Cole, Irish Youth Justice Service
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The IYJS Annual Reports set out the progress acheived on the goals and objectives outlined in the National Youth Justice Strategy 2008-2010.