Children and young offenders
The Children Act 2001 regulates the treatment of children found in breach of the criminal law.
The treatment of children in Garda custody is covered by the Children Act 2001.
The Criminal Justice Act 2006 introduced provisions for dealing with anti-social behaviour by children. These provisions allow the Gardaí to deal with anti-social behaviour in a number of ways.
During the court proceedings of a child charged with an offence, the court may order that a family conference be held.
There are diversion and other programmes which aim to help children understand the consequences of crime and keep them out of the criminal justice system
The aim of the Garda Youth Diversion Programme is to prevent young offenders in Ireland from entering into the full criminal justice system by offering them a second chance.
As an alternative to detention of children, the Children Act 2001 provides for a range of community sanctions that can be imposed by the courts.
Overview of institutions where children are detained by the Courts. Factors taken into account regarding their detention by the Courts.
The Children Court deals with criminal charges involving children under 18. It came into operation under the Children Act 2001, which sets out the rules for the Children Court.