Brú Garda Youth Diversion Project is a specialist programme that supports young people aged 12-17years to make improved decisions around their behaviour and divert them from criminal activity. We work with young people who have been referred by a Juvenile Liaison Officer/ Community Gardai or by other local agencies. Young people are engaged by the Youth Justice Workers and provided with alternatives to being processed through the Irish Court system. We use a range of methods to work with young people including 1-1 support, educational support, recreational activities, skills based learning and any other interventions that will be beneficial.
These projects are run in co-ordination with An Garda Siochana and the Irish Youth Justice Service. The Diversion projects of Ireland are funded by the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
The Project Aims To:
Facilitate programmes that support participant’s personal development. Engage in positive activities providing a fun and crime free environment for young people to grow. Encourage participants personal, community and social responsibility. Improve long term employment prospects. Where offending behaviour has occurred provide intervention programmes. Support and facilitate a positive relationship between participants and the wider community including An Garda Siochana.