13th January 2016
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly TD, has announced the commencement of a tender process for the procurement of intervention services for children in the criminal justice system under a new Bail Supervision Scheme. According to the Minister, the Bail Supervision Scheme is to be launched by Q2 of 2016. The Scheme is intended to provide more therapeutic supports in the community for children who are subject to bail conditions. The Minister has stated that “The aim of the scheme is to reduce the need for a court to place young people in custody where they're alleged to have been involved in criminal behaviour, while being remanded on bail pending criminal proceedings.” The Minister has expressed the view that he would like to see a reduction in the use of remand in the case of children.