The Department of Justice has launched a public consultation on the issue of custodial arrangements for children in Northern Ireland and would like to hear your views on the issues involved. A child-friendly version of the consultation, developed by Include Youth, is also attached. Further copies of the documents can be downloaded from our website at: http://www.dojni.gov.uk/index/public-consultations/current-consultations/consultation-on-revised-custodial-arrangements-for-children.htm or from Include Youth at: http://includeyouth.org/policy/youngvoices.
The Department will also be holding a series of public meetings to discuss the issues and gather views to inform the consultation outcome. You are invited to attend one of the following events where you will have an opportunity to share your views on the range of issues as set out in the consultation document:
Thursday 24 October 2013 at 2pm in YJA Foyle Area Office, Embassy Building, Strand Rd, Londonderry;
Wednesday 30 October 2013 at 2pm in Block B Conference Room, Castle Buildings, Stormont, Belfast;
Tuesday 5 November 2013 at 7pm in YJA Belfast North Area Office, Duncairn Gardens, Belfast; and
Tuesday 12 November 2013 at 2pm in NIACRO Headquarters, Amelia Street, Belfast;
If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please confirm your name(s) and preferred date via email to DoJ Youth Justice Unit firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department is particularly keen to hear from organisations representing Section 75 groups, and would encourage attendance and written responses from these groups in particular. The Department is welcoming opportunities to arrange a separate meeting with Section 75 groups and/or their representatives if any organisation or group if it was felt that this was appropriate.
Finally, please note that the consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 10 January 2014.