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IYJS Conference 2008

Best Practice for Youth Justice, Best Practice for All



6-7 March 2008

Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan

This conference was aimed at policy-makers and decision-makers who develop and provide interventions for children who are in conflict with the law, or are at risk of offending or re-offending.

The conference focused on recent developments in theory and best practice in relation to interventions for these children and at reducing youth offending.

To see a copy of the Conference brochure, please click here.


To view presentations from the Conference, please click on the relevant link below:

Day 1: Thursday, 6 March 2008

Opening Address: Mr Brendan Smith - Minister for Children

Recent Youth Justice Reforms: Ms Michelle Shannon - National Director, Irish Youth Justice Service

Regeneration - The Pain and the Gain: Mr John Fitzgerald - Limerick Regeneration Agency

Capturing, Assessing, transferring and applying knowledge of good practice in crime prevention - the 5Is framework: Professor Paul Ekblom - Associate Director, Design Against Crime Research Centre (UK)

Integration of Children's Policies: Ms Sylda Langford - Director General, Office of the Minister for Children


Day 2: Friday, 7 March 2008

Prevention and Intervention: Mr Bob Ashford - Head of Youth Justice Strategy, Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

Balancing due process values with welfare objectives in juvenile justice - Some strengths and weaknesses in Irish procedure: Professor Dermot Walsh - Professor of Law, University of Limerick

Best Practice for Children in Detention: Ms Mary Geaney - National Manager of Detention School Services

Victims and Restorative Justice - Fulfilling Expectations?: Mr David O'Mahony - Reader, Durham University


To view workshops from the Conference, please click on the relevant link below: 

Day 1: Thursday, 6 March 2008

A Education Programmes in the Youth Justice Continuum: Dr Dermot Stokes - Youthreach National Co-ordiantor

B Restorative Justice in Ireland: North and South Perspectives: Ms Alice Chapman - Director of Youth Conference Service, Youth Justice Agency, NI and Sergeant Andy Tuite - Garda Community Relations

C Implementing Children's Policy - the "Whole Child" Challenge: Ms Liz Canavan - Office of the Minister for Children

D Interagency: The Challenge of Working Together: Mr Finbarr O'Leary - Deputy Chief Executive, Children Acts Advisory Board


Day 2: Friday, 7 March 2008

E Models of Detention for Children: Dr Ursula Kilkelly - Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, UCC and Ms Mary Geaney - National Manager of Detention School Services, Irish Youth Justice Service

F Strengthening Families: Interagency Effective Practice Approach: Ms Rosemary Fox - Probation Service

G How do you get there from here? Gaining a momentum for improvement in youth justice practive: Mr Sean Redmond - Irish Youth Justice Service and Mr Tim Chapman - CTC Associates

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