LOCATION: Dublin


The Bail Supervision Scheme (BSS) offers courts an alternative option to detaining a young person who comes before them by offering them the possibility of granting bail with intensive supervision. This reduces the need for costly remand places and provides intensive support for the young person and their family in the community.

By reducing the need for remand places, this also provides an opportunity to focus on developing successful community resources designed to prevent young people being detained in a youth justice facility and preventing them from entering further down the path of criminality.

Central to the delivery of the BSS is the use of the Multisystemic Therapy (MST) model. First implemented by Extern in 2001, this evidence-based model of intervention is family-based, and seeks to change how young people function in their natural ecology (home, school and community), in ways that promote positive social behaviour, while at the same time reducing levels of anti-social behaviour.

The delivery of MST is typically home-based, and therapists have small caseloads of four to six families which enable them to work intensively with each family, typically over a three to five month period. The therapists’ working hours are flexible, ensuring they are available to families when they need them, and families are able to access support 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the ‘on-call’ system.

The MST therapist consults with and coaches parents and carers on strategies that enable them to set and enforce appropriate rules and expectations, decrease the young person’s involvement with negative peers, promote association with positive peers and involvement with pro-social activities.

BSS staff liaise with agencies including An Garda Síochána, Oberstown Campus Detention Centre (OCDC), and Young Persons Probation (YPP), as well as through meetings with the judge and staff in the Dublin District Children’s Court in Smithfield (Court 55), as well as those involved in both defence and prosecution legal teams.

They also liaise with a wide number of agencies within the ecology of the young people on the programme, including educational establishments, youth groups, community groups or local sports groups.

In 2017, the programme worked with 24 young people and their families, and enjoyed success and positive feedback from service users, agencies, teachers, families and, importantly, the young people themselves.

SUPPORTING: Young People & Families

HOW DO I ACCESS THIS SERVICE? Referrals can be made through the Courts Service of Ireland

CONTACT:

Fiona Murphy,
Unit B, Block B, Kreston House,
Arran Court, Arran Quay,
Dublin 7
D07 K271
Tel: +353 (0)1 563 9402