Young People and Crime: Research, Policy and Practice in Ireland

DIT's Centre for Social and Educational Research (CSER) organised a highly successful conference on "Young People and Crime: Research, Policy and Practice in Ireland" in Croke Park in September. The conference programme included speakers from academia, from the formal criminal justice system and from the statutory and voluntary sector, all of whom have substantial expertise in all aspects of youth criminology. The proceedings from the conference have been published and the publication was launched last week at an event in DIT Mountjoy Square. Director of the Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS), Ms Michelle Shannon, launched the publication, bringing the perspective of her role to the issues addressed.

Dr. Brian O'Neill, Head of Research in the Faculty of Applied Arts, and Dr. Kevin Lalor, Head of the Department of Social Sciences, present a copy of the proceedings of the 'Young People and Crime' conference to Director of the Irish Youth Justice Service, Ms Michelle Shannon

The conference considered much of the current very significant research into young people and crime, such as youth justice, particularly youth custody; the delayed implementation of the Children's Act; the lowering of the age of criminal responsibility; and Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs). Policy development and implementation, in Ireland and elsewhere, was also debated. The published proceedings include the contributions of eminent speakers such as the Honourable Mrs. Justice Catherine McGuinness, a Judge of the Supreme Court and President of the Law Reform Commission, who delivered the opening address, and the keynote speaker Dr. Barry Goldson, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Liverpool and editor of Youth Justice , the leading peer reviewed journal in the UK specialising in youth crime and youth justice.

The publication of the proceedings will be of interest not only to the many participants who included academics, policy makers, representatives from the community, voluntary and statutory sector as well as representatives from the legal field and the media, but also to those unable to attend.

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