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Joe Gavin Community Programmes Unit Irish Youth Justice Service European Social Fund – Garda Youth Diversion Projects.

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1 www.iyjs.ie Community.iyjs@justice.ie Joe Gavin Community Programmes Unit Irish Youth Justice Service European Social Fund – Garda Youth Diversion Projects “Investing in your Future”

2 Executive Office of JELR – 2005 Guided by Principles of Children Act Coordinated strategic approach Young people (12-17) in trouble with the law Work closely with OMCYA Irish Youth Justice Service

3 IYJS continued Community Programmes Division –Diversion -Programme – statutory under Children Act - Garda Youth Diversion Projects Young Persons Probation – community sanctions Detention – last resort “Investing in your Future”

4 Garda Youth Diversion Projects Community based, multi-agency crime prevention initiative Provide suitable activities in order to divert young people from criminal/anti – social behaviour 100 Projects in operation 31 – BMW 69 – S&E Voluntary basis of attendance “Investing in your Future”

5 Management Model “Investing in your Future” Irish Youth Justice Service and An Garda Síochána Youth Organisation employer Garda Youth Diversion Project committee Local An Garda Síochána Management

6 Locations of Garda Youth Diversion Projects Investment Example Garda projects €13million 2009 Multiple projects Dublin29 Cork11 Limerick 6 “Investing in your Future”

7 Numbers of young people engaged “Investing in your Future” 0 - 910 - 1920 - 2930 - 3940 - 4950 - 5960 - 6970 - 7980 - 89130 - 139170 - 179290 - 299 Number of Young People Participating Number of Projects

8 Ongoing Developments in Projects Training -Pro-social modelling Motivational Interviewing ambivalent parents Risk assessment Fitting interventions to problems identified Financial Governance - transfer “Investing in your Future”

9 Proposal for ESF Submission drawn up by An Garda Síochána in July 2006 submitted through the Dept of Justice, Equality and Law Reform to DET&E in August 2006 Formal Approval given by Finance in February 2007 Priority under HCI-OP – Increasing participation and reducing inequality in the Labour Force To the value €25,106,000 - Sub Measure 1 €946,000 - Sub Measure 2 €24,160,000 “Investing in your Future”

10 Target Participants Long term goal of employability Social Inclusion 12 – 17 year olds - Primary target group - Secondary target group Referrals from Garda and other sources “Investing in your Future”

11 Sub Measure 1 Personal Development / IT for participants 24 pilot projects in 2007 Funding made available to 80 projects in 2008 Year 3 not used yet “Investing in your Future”

12 Sub Measure 2 Additional Worker in each project Funding made available to projects in 2008 to a maximum of €38,500 for employment Improve capacity of project Pathways to employment “Investing in your Future”

13 Differences between IYJS and other Divisions in receipt of ESF Participants in 12 – 17 age bracket Selection process of participants Projects pre – selected Employment issues managed at a local level “Investing in your Future”

14 Treo Nua Garda Youth Diversion Project Mairéad Ní Laoi Project Coordinator

15 “Investing in your Future” Overview of Presentation Project Context; National to Local Referral Pathways Common needs of the young people we work with Symptoms of these needs How do we meet these needs Development of Project Impact of ESF Personal Development Programme Case Study

16 “Investing in your Future” Context - Nationally

17 “Investing in your Future” Referral Pathways

18 “Investing in your Future” The most common needs of the young people in the project Parents and family (informal social supports) –One parent families, lack of supervision, cramped living spaces Education, Training and Employment –Intergenerational unemployment, literacy/numeracy, lack of employment opportunities Environment and deviant peer influence: –Subculture, anti social behaviour, income available through criminal activities, distain for authority, discrimination (accents/address)

19 “Investing in your Future” “Acting out regardless of its form or mode, is caused” Sgt Brian Downey (2010) Treating crime will not reduce youth offending, as it is a symptom of a greater need

20 “Investing in your Future” What are the symptoms of these needs? Family –Lack of boundaries, need for attention, hyper vigilant (disorganized attachment), sad, depressed, poor coping strategies (drinking, aggressive behaviour), poverty (hungry, scruffy clothes), cannot take correction/lack of understanding of rules Education –Early school leaving, low literacy/numeracy levels, truancy, low self confidence, education not a priority, school is seen as a negative, teachers seen as authority figures (not necessarily trusted or liked) Environment –Easy access and acceptable use of alcohol and drugs, antisocial behaviour, offending, intergenerational unemployment, gang subculture, alcohol related crimes, criminal damage, promiscuous behaviour, distain of authority figures, etc.

21 “Investing in your Future” How do we aim to meet these needs? To understand and identify each young persons needs and situation; To ensure the young person understands why they are in the project and the benefits of being in the project; To work with the young person on how to meet those needs in a positive and pro active way; and To encourage and facilitate education/training achievements and to enhance the employability of the young people in the Garda Youth Diversion Project. Work with Gardai, local agencies and community groups in an effort to address youth offending in the area

22 “Investing in your Future” Apply a structured approach to working with the Young People, their families, education and their environment (friends and influences)

23 “Investing in your Future” Development of Project Project opened in May 2007 with one worker employed In September 2008, second worker employed through the European Social Fund To date 66 primary clients have availed of services offered by Treo Nua and approximately 200 secondary clients Huge implications for the Tuam GYDP Increase in the range and quality for services available for the young people of Tuam

24 “Investing in your Future” ESF - Impact on Treo Nua Before.... One worker, under resourced and over stretched Waiting lists in project Limited service provision Intensive care plans limited Home visits limited Development of project curtailed Largely reactive work, limited preventative work

25 “Investing in your Future” ESF – Impact on Treo Nua After… Additional staff member Increased number of clients Varied service delivery – prevention programmes Expansion of project; greater emphasis on education and employment opportunities of clients Increased networking capabilities Allowed for a more intensive and holistic approach Personal Development funding; new innovative programme

26 “Investing in your Future” Case Study - ESF Programme Back to Education Initiative and Jobs Club 1.Staff in project observed a number of young males who were not engaged in any form of mainstream education and/or training 2.Efforts were made to support these young people back into school but they were unsuccessful 3.Staff identified that an ‘in between’ service was necessary that would meet the needs of the clients

27 “Investing in your Future” What were the needs of the young people? Low literacy and numeracy skills Poor record of attendance Perception of education as a hindrance Lack of support and encouragement Low self belief and self worth No access to education or training*

28 “Investing in your Future” BTEI/Jobs Club The overall aim of the BTEI is for the young people to re-enter mainstream education or training and eventually enter the workforce. A predominant theme throughout the course will be the importance and value of employability and gaining employment. The project worker employed under ESF, will run a ‘Jobs Club’ with the intention of the young people working towards a FETAC Level 3 Work Orientation Qualification.

29 “Investing in your Future” Preparation Meetings were arranged with local schools and training centres to identify potential clients and sharing of resources Staff designed programme which focused on training and employability Contact was made with the County Galway Educational Committee – agreed to provide 9 tuition hours a week 62 local businesses were written to and invited to be partners in the programme

30 “Investing in your Future” Case Study - ESF Programme Sub Measure 1 Back to Education Initiative and Jobs Club Partnership programme with Treo Nua and County Galway Vocational Educational Committee Targeted young males who were not participating in any form of education, training or employment in Tuam town Course acted as a ‘stop gap’ to assist clients to identify goals and support re- entry to mainstream education/training Education Welfare Officer, Department of Education - Gatekeeper

31 “Investing in your Future” Back To Education Initiative

32 “Investing in your Future” Progress to date Started with 7 participants - ESF Personal Development –All clients within four months were placed in a mainstream education setting –Each participant exceeded their own expectations 2 nd Programme – 5 participants – Core Funding/ESF Worker –Equally successful; 4 young men in local training centre –1 young man in full time employment

33 “Investing in your Future” Course 1 & 2 ParticipantCurrent Situation 1Student in Tuam Community Training Centre 2 3Co Galway VEC – Leaving Certificate Programme 4 5Completed Junior Certificate; starting in Probation Training Centre in June 2010 6Student in Youthreach Tuam 7Student in mainstream post primary school 8Employed full time 9Student in Youthreach 10Student in Tuam Community Training Centre 11Student in Youthreach 12Student in Youthreach

34 “Investing in your Future” My Story as T41 and/or No.3 Two years ago I was kicked out of school. I was getting in alot of trouble for fighting and being cheeky with the teachers. I was getting in trouble with the Gardaí in town for drinking and messing and that’s how I got into the project.

35 “Investing in your Future” I get wound up really easily and loose my temper, I’m getting better but it’s hard and people annoy me really easily.

36 “Investing in your Future” I was at home and really bored. I had alot of time to think about getting kicked out of school, and I regretted it but I didn’t want go back. I didn’t know what I wanted but I was getting more bored and pissed off with everyone and everything.

37 “Investing in your Future” I joined the BTEI. The BTEI was ok. It was hard to come in and get up in the mornings, Laura and Mairéad used to collect me most days.

38 “Investing in your Future” Did some good stuff, but the best part was my work placement. I didn’t care what I did – I just wanted to get a job and money because I’m too young for the dole. I did my placement in a shoe shop. Mairéad helped me get ready for it and came in with me on my first day and met me a few times during the week to see how it was going.

39 “Investing in your Future” It was really boring – I did stock taking, serving customers and cleaning. After a few days and I was realising that I would have the worst jobs for the rest of my life if I didn’t go back to school or do some training or something.

40 “Investing in your Future” Then this course came up, it was a Leaving Cert course for early school leavers but for adults. Me and Kev went for it. The woman was strict and was making a big deal that we were allowed to do it. Anyway after it all, we got a place and here we are. Still have to meet Mairéad every week and we still do trips if we’re good.

41 “Investing in your Future” Its good now – get on way better with my mam because she doesn’t give out as much. I feel better now, because I know with my leaving cert I have choices – before this I didn’t. I think I want to be a sports journalist, so I applied for a few courses. Applied for sports ones too because I’m good at that stuff.

42 “Investing in your Future” The course helped me catch up. I’m where I should be which is good. It’s a good chance and others should do it.


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