Foróige’s Laois Youth Diversion Project

Service Details

Target Age

  • 12 - 16 years
  • 12 - 18 years
  • 16 - 18 years


  • Child & Family Support
  • Youth Work
  • Schools & Education Support
  • Employment & Welfare

Support Type

  • In-person - Group
  • In-person - One-to-one
  • Online - Group
  • Online - One-to-one
  • Telephone


  • Laois

Contact Details

Contact Person(s)

Fiona Maher - Senior Youth Officer of the Laois Youth Diversion Project


Foróige, 17 Main Street, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. R32YX2N and also Foróige Youth Hub, Unit 6, 23 Portlaoise Road, Mountrath, Co. Laois. R32 CH68, Portlaoise, Laois R32 YX2N


Fiona - 0861761403

Contact Hours

Monday - Friday

There's a second location in Ballycullenbeg, Mountmellick, Co. Laois.
Lillian Ashe: 086 231 003 or is the person of contact for the Mountmellick location


Emergency Assistance

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If someone is hurt or in danger call the emergency services straight away. Emergency services can be contacted at any time by dialling 999 or 112 in Republic of Ireland or 112 in Europe.

Additional Service Information

Referral Process

  • Self-referral
  • Other healthcare/socialcare provider
  • Referral with parental consent for under 18's

Service Description

YDPs are community-based multi-agency crime prevention initiatives, which seek to divert young people who have become involved in crime/anti-social behaviour and to support wider preventative work within the community and with families at risk.
YDPs aim to bring about the conditions whereby the behavioural patterns of young people towards law and order can develop and mature through positive interventions and interaction with the project. They are primarily targeted at 12-17 year old “at risk” youths in communities where a specific need has been identified and where there is a risk of them remaining within the justice system. The objectives of the GYDP are to:
Promote focussed and effective interventions to challenge and divert young people from offending behaviour;
Utilise YDP resources in areas of greatest need and to establish effective crime prevention supports in co-operation with other youth service providers nationwide;
Actively promote crime prevention policy through focussed educational interventions influencing positive development of young people towards becoming responsible citizens.
Funding for these interventions is based on evidence that diverting young offenders from the criminal justice system, and preventative work with young people at risk, is to their long-term benefit and that of society as a whole.

List of Services Available

-Evidence based, outcomes focused and needs-led interventions
-Individual and group work (in-person, online, telephone support) to develop skills, work on strengths, promote behavioural change and overall support positive changes for young people and families
-Family Support Work is available to families of young people engaged with the project
-Referral/ signposting to other services as required

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