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Our mission is to create a safer society by working in partnership to reduce youth offending through appropriate interventions and linkages into services.


About the Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS)

The Irish Youth Justice Service operates as an executive office located in the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). It has responsibility for leading and driving reform in the area of youth justice and its objective is to improve delivery of youth justice services and reduce youth offending. This challenge is met by focusing on diversion, rehabilitation, and the greater use of community-based interventions and the promotion of initiatives to deal with young people who offend. Providing a safe and secure environment for detained children and supporting their early re-integration back into the community is also a key function. It is staffed by officials from DCYA and the Department of Justice and Equality. Responsibility for the Children Act, 2001  is shared between the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and the Minister for Justice and Equality.

•    The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs is responsible for the Oberstown Children Detention Campus Located in Lusk, Co. Dublin which provides detention places to the Courts for girls and boys up to the age of 18 years ordered to be remanded or committed on criminal charges. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs is also responsible for the child care aspects of the Children Act 2001.

•    The Minister for Justice and Equality is responsible for youth crime policy and law, including crime prevention/reduction/detection, criminal proceedings and diversion and community sanctions (including community projects).  The Minister also retains responsibility for dealings with An Garda Síochána and the Probation Service as well as responsibility via the Irish Prison Service for the small number of remaining children in adult prison facilities.

•    The IYJS is focussed on implementing the ‘Tackling Youth Crime’; Youth Justice Action Plan 2014-2018’. The Mission Statement of the Youth Justice Action Plan 2014 - 2018 is to create a safer society by working in partnership to reduce youth offending through appropriate interventions and linkages to services. The emphasis of this Action Plan is on changing behaviour.  This can be brought about through the implementation of evidence-informed targeted interventions to achieve better outcomes for young people who get into trouble with the law, or who are at risk of getting into trouble with the law.

The Plan sits within the National Policy Framework, Better Outcomes Brighter Futures, for children and young people.  Implementation of the Action Plan is overseen by a multi-agency steering group, chaired by IYJS.

Contact IYJS

Irish Youth Justice Service
Department of Children and Youth Affairs
4th Floor
43 - 49 Mespil Rd
Dublin 4, D04 YP52
Phone: 01 6473000

Contact Oberstown Children Detention Campus

Oberstown Children Detention Campus
Oberstown, Lusk
Co. Dublin, K45 AY66

For more information visit:

The Irish Youth Justice Service website at:
The Oberstown Children Detention Campus website at:





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