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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


4. Social Inclusion

4.7 Youth work to foster social inclusion

UBU - Your Place, Your Space

In December 2019, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs launched UBU - Your Place, Your Space. It is informed by the high-level national outcome areas set out in The National Policy Framework for Children and the corresponding objectives in the National Youth Strategy. 10- to 24-year-olds who are described in the National Youth Strategy as marginalised, disadvantaged, or vulnerable are the primary target group. UBU Your Place Your Space’s goals are to provide young person-centred, community-based and out-of-school youth services to young people in need of support and to ensure that each layer of the governance structure (including the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth; Education and Training Boards; and funded organisations) adds value to the direct work with young people.


UBU brings together The Special Projects for Youth (SPY), Young People’s Facilities and Services Fund (YPFSF) and the Local Drugs Task Force (LDTF) fund 1 and 2 with a value of over €38.5 million. All were programmes targeted 10- to 21-year-olds in areas where drug problem exists and ran by Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth’s Youth Affairs Unit. Collapsing these programmes into one targeted programme for youth was a recommendation in Value for Money and Policy Review of Youth Programmes, conducted in 2013 and published in 2014.


Garda (Police) Youth Diversion Programme

The Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS) funds youth organisations and projects to provide services to young people aged under 18-years who find themselves in conflict with the law.


The Garda (Police) Youth Diversion Programme supports a network of Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDPs). GYDPs are community-based multi-agency crime prevention initiatives which seek to divert young people who have become involved in crime/anti-social behaviour and to support wider preventative work within the community and with families at risk. There are currently 106 GYDPs state-wide, and a further 10 projects with a special focus (e.g. more challenging children, family support, etc.).  


GYDPs aim to bring about the conditions whereby the behavioural patterns of young people towards law and order can develop and mature through positive interventions and interaction with the project. 


They primarily targeted “at risk” 12- to 17-year-old youths in communities where a specific need has been identified and where there is a risk of them remaining within the justice system. 


In 2018, approximately €14m was allocated by the Irish Youth Justice Service to GYDPs. Until 2020 Garda Youth Diversion Projects were co-funding by the Irish Government and European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.


Le Chéile

Together (Le Chéile) is a mentoring service for children and young people aged 1218 years engaged in Young Persons Probation. It was set up to meet the needs of the Mentor (Family support) Order under the requirements of the Children Act 2001. Le Chéile runs a Restorative Justice project in Limerick, funded by the Limerick Regeneration Project, now under Limerick and City Council and Young Person’s Probation. Le Chéile is funded by Irish Youth Justice Services through the Probation Service, until 2020 as part of Ireland’s European Structural and Investment Funds Programmes 2014-2020, which is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union.