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Garda Youth Diversion Projects

Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDPs) reflect An Garda Síochána’s corporate commitment to a multi-agency partnership approach in tackling youth crime and anti-social behaviour at a community level.

GYDPs are funded by the Department of Justice and Equality through the Community Programmes Unit of Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS) and co-funded under the European Social Fund 2014-2020 Human Capital Investment Programme.  

They are managed by IYJS in partnership with An Garda Síochána Garda Youth Diversion Office (GYDO), Garda Community Relations Bureau.

There are 100 GYDPs located in communities across the country.  These projects deliver community based, multi-agency youth crime prevention initiatives primarily seeking to divert young people who have been involved in anti-social and /or criminal behaviour.

GYDPs provide young people with suitable activities to facilitate personal development promote civic responsibility and improve long-term employability prospects. 

Projects may also work with young people aged between 12 and 18 years of age who are significantly at risk of becoming involved in anti-social and /or criminal behaviour.  GYDPs contribute to improving the quality of life within communities and build a positive relationship between the An Garda Síochána and the communities we serve.

The project works with the young person and sets an individual plan of intervention for him/her to assist the individual in an examination of  their decision making process, focusing on the actions that may have led them to offend and on the need for change.