Press Release

Minister opens Irish Association for the Study of Delinquency Conference in the Standhouse Hotel, The Curragh, Co Kildare

Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Children, Ms. Mary Hanafin TD, today opened the conference of the Irish Association for the Study of Delinquency.

In her address, the Minister referred to the importance of the Children Bill in providing alternative and appropriate ways of dealing with children who come before the courts and, in particular, preventing children becoming involved in crime in the first instance through the operation of the Family Welfare Conferences.

The Minister also referred to recent amendments to the Children Bill relating to the training of the judges who will preside over children’s courts and to the role of the Special Residential Services Board.

The Board will operate in two ways; firstly, it will assist the courts, on request, in identifying suitable places for children found guilty of committing offences and secondly, it will give an expert view on proposals by health boards to apply for special care orders for children. This enhanced role of the Board will provide better co-ordination in the services available for children appearing before the courts.