Gerry Kelly meets young people in the Juvenile Justice system
Junior Minister Kelly today visited Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre to speak to both young people and the staff to hear their views about the management and care of the children at the centre.
The Minister, who along with Jeffrey Donaldson, has special responsibility for children and young people, also visited Hydebank Wood Young Offender Centre last week.
Following the visit Minister Kelly said:
"I was motivated to visit both Hydebank Wood and Woodlands after meeting with Kit Chivers, the former Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice to discuss his report into Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre. I have been very pleased today to see the huge improvements that have been made in the custody of young people in custody here at Woodlands and I hope that practices at Hydebank will follow suit.
"The Assembly recently hosted a debate for around 140 teenagers in the Assembly Chamber on 23 October. The topic for debate was around the reasons why young people get drawn into anti-social behaviour, underage drinking and drug taking. I was delighted that two young people from Woodlands were encouraged to take part and brought their personal knowledge to the discussion." CRÍOCH