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304. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of juveniles and the age of each that have been assigned to Garda juvenile liaison officers in each of the years 2012 to 2018 and to date in 2019. [21898/19]

Answer

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): As the Deputy may be aware, an analysis of activity under the Garda Diversion Programme is published annually in the report of the Monitoring Committee appointed under Section 44 of the Children Act 2001 (as amended). 
The Committee's reports are laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas, as required under the Act.
For ease of reference, relevant data for 2012 to 2017 from these reports is compiled in the following table. Please note that the figures for 2018 and to date in 2019 are not yet available. The 2018 report will be laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas later this year after it is received from the Garda authorities.
The Deputy might note that the figures given in the following table show the number of young people who are referred for consideration under the Diversion Programme. The outcome of each referral, including the degree of supervision by a Juvenile Liaison Officer considered appropriate, is based on assessment of each individual case in accordance with the provisions of Part 4 of the Children Act. I might add that some 4,000 young people participate in Garda Youth Diversion projects in any one year.
Referrals to the Garda Diversion Programme 2012 – 2017

Year Age Percent Number
2012 12 4% 490
13 8% 980
14 12% 1470
15 19% 2327
16 21% 2572
17 35% 4286
Total 99%* 12246
2013 12 4% 417
13 8% 834
14 13% 1355
15 19% 1980
16 23% 2397
17 33% 3439
Total 100% 10420
2014 12 4% 400
13 8% 799
14 13% 1299
15 19% 1898
16 22% 2198
17 33% 3297
Total 99%* 9991
2015 12 4% 392
13 8% 785
14 14% 1373
15 19% 1863
16 22% 2158
17 33% 3236
Total 100% 9807
2016 12 4% 378
13 9% 851
14 14% 1323
15 20% 1890
16 23% 2174
17 30% 2835
Total 100% 9451
2017 12 4% 424
13 10% 1061
14 16% 1697
15 20% 2121
16 21% 2227
17 29% 3076
Total 100% 10607
*Figures taken from the Section 44 Monitoring committee reports, discrepancies are due to percentage rounding.