Module Overview

Youth Justice

This module aims to develop a critical understanding of ‘Youth Justice’ in an Irish and international context. Various approaches to youth justice will be compared and appraised against international best practice standards. The module will examine the historical background to current structures/policies/legislation relating to youth justice in Ireland. Students will evaluate inter agency practices in youth justice relating to diversion, community sanctions and custody.Students will research the profile of young people that experience the juvenile justice system, tracking developmental stages and environmental influences. The various methods of engaging young people and their families in a community development setting will be research facilitating an application of theory to practice.

Module Code

SACD H4025

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

The Young Person

Historical data relating to delinquency.Profile of young people engaging in criminal behaviour in western society, considering development and environment. The role of the family and teh community. Exploration of the concept of crime.

Legislation and Policy

Development of youth justice system to where it is today. Analysis of key legislation and policy documents including UNCRC, Children Act 2001, Childcare Act 1991, Education and Welfare Act 2000, 'Tackling Youth Crime': Youth Justice Action Plan 2014-2018, Better Outcomes Brighter Futures.

Youth Justice in a Community Development Setting

Case study examples of front line service and methodologies engaging young people; youth work projects, probation projects, family support services, education and training centers. Explore examples of successful initiatives and interventions.

Structures surrounding Youth Justice

Establish understanding and knowledge of current structures including IYJS, An Garda Siochana, The Probation Service, DCYA, Tusla, The Prison Service,Youth Work organisations, homeless services,etc. Explore the systems that are in place to engage young people. Identify the opportunities and challenges of collaborative and inter-agency working.

Approaches to Youth Justice

Historical development of approaches to youth justice; punitive and welfare. Explore international case examples citing limitations and strengths of each. Examine how each approach can inform the student's practice working with young people.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)30
Formal Examination70