Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDPs)

Garda Youth Diversion Projects are local community based activities which work with children. These projects aim to help children move away from behaving in a way that might get them or their friends into trouble with the law. They can help children develop their sense of community and their social skills through different activities.

The projects offer opportunities for education, employment training, sport, art, music and other activities. Most projects operate outside of school hours. However, in areas with a high proportion of early school-leavers, activities may also be planned during the daytime.

The projects seek to encourage a better quality of life for everyone in the community and to support good relations between the Gardaí and the community.


Click here  for Progress Report on Garda Youth Diversion Project developments 2009 - 2011.  This report summarises developments within the GYDPs between 2009 and 2011 arising from the National Youth Justice Strategy 2008-2010. The Report also provides 2011 statistical information on the work of projects.


 Click here for a map of the Garda Youth Diversion Projects in Ireland

 Click here to access Garda Youth Diversion Project reporting templates