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Concern changes to youth programme will lead to crime surge in 'at risk' areas

Lunes, 12 de Marzo de 2018 | Europa, Irlanda
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Community groups fear proposed changes to the structure of a programme aimed at moving young people away from crime will make it difficult for children and teens to engage with it.

The Garda Diversion Programme, which has been running since 1963, allows for children who get into trouble with the law to be cautioned rather than prosecuted. As part of this system, they may be asked to write an apology to a victim, take part in a sporting activity, or engage with a youth diversion project.

These projects are locally run, often by voluntary boards, and they offer education and employment training as well as sport, art and music activities. The Department of Justice is now proposing to centralise the programme and have projects run on a garda divisional basis, rather than at a more local level.

Fianna Fáil representative Mary Fitzpatrick, who is on the voluntary board for the Step Up project in Cabra, north Dublin, said replacing community-led, locally run projects with those run on a divisional basis will undo years of positive work in many areas.

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