Comhairle na nÓg Toolkit (Second Edition)

The Comhairle na nÓg Toolkit has been developed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) Citizen Participation Unit to support the work of those who organise and run the 31 Comhairlí na nÓg throughout the country. Comhairlí na nÓg are part-funded by the DCYA Comhairle Development Fund, which is managed by Pobal in … Continued

Convention on the Rights of the Child (Child Friendly Version)

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is an important agreement by countries who have promised to protect children’s rights. The Convention on the Rights of the Child explains who children are, all their rights, and the responsibilities of governments. All the rights are connected, they are all equally important and they … Continued

“This is my life, and I don’t want to waste a year of it”- The Experiences and Wellbeing of Children Fleeing Ukraine

Since the escalation of conflict in Ukraine in February 2022, more than 7.7 million refugees have fled the country to seek safety in other European countries. An estimated 40% are children. Save the Children research with more than 1,000 children and caregivers in eight European countries, shows that children who have left Ukraine face significant … Continued

Child and Youth Participation in Policy, Practice and Research [eBook]

This book showcases rights based participatory approaches to policy-making, practice and research with children and youth. Throughout its three parts, the book conceptualises a rights-based participatory approach; showcases constructive and innovative rights based participatory approaches across the domains of research, policy and practice; and interrogates the challenges and complexities in the implementation of such an … Continued

Children’s Participation in Practice: Comparing the Views of Managers and Practitioners in an Early Intervention and Prevention Programme

Purpose Participation is the active involvement of children and young people in decision-making regarding issues that affect their lives. It is crucial in the context of child protection and welfare systems and how they respond to the needs of children and young people. The purpose of this paper is to report on the evaluation of … Continued

Guide to Child-friendly Communication at Events

The aim should be to create an atmosphere in which children feel comfortable, respected and valued, and that they belong. An atmosphere that is too formal may be limiting and the children may feel unsure of how they fit, what their role and obligations are and may feel like a token child. It might be … Continued