Teenspace – National Recreation Policy for Young People:
Recorded in July 2016
Author: Olivia McEvoy
Publisher: The Stationery Office
Geographic Coverage: Ireland
Type of Resource: Policy (International, Regional and/or Domestic)
Sector/setting: Mental Health
Vulnerable groups: Children General
Developed with children and young people? Yes
Type of participation: Consultation with children (e.g. surveys, consultative events or workshops)
Availability: Open Access
Keywords: OMCYA, Consultations, Department of Health and Children, Mental Health, National Office for Suicide Prevention, Office for Disability and Mental Health, Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
There is widespread recognition that mental health is an issue of major importance for young people in Ireland. The Government is committed to developing policies and services that meet the needs of young people through engaging directly with them.
The National Children’s Strategy states that ‘children and young people will have a voice on issues that affect their lives’. My Office, the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (OMCYA), has the lead role in driving implementation of this objective and has established structures to ensure that children and young people can contribute to the development of policies and services that affect them.