Children and young offenders

Children and the criminal justice system
The Children Act 2001 regulates the treatment of children found in breach of the criminal law.

Treatment of child suspects in Garda custody
The treatment of children in Garda custody is covered by the Children Act 2001.

Anti-social behaviour by children
The Criminal Justice Act 2006 introduced provisions for dealing with anti-social behaviour by children. These provisions allow the GardaĆ­ to deal with anti-social behaviour in a number of ways.

Family conferences
During the court proceedings of a child charged with an offence, the court may order that a family conference be held.

Diversion activities and programmes for young offenders
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

Garda Youth Diversion Programme
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.

Community sanctions for young offenders
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.

Detention of children
Overview of institutions where children are detained by the Courts. Factors taken into account regarding their detention by the Courts.

Children Court
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.
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