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A comprehensive collection of national and international good practice, policy, legal and academic publications, reports and resources on children and young people’s participation in decision-making.

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Date: 2024 - Type: Publication - Topic: Disabilities, Participation

A Literature Review on the Inclusion of Disabled Children and Young People in Participation in Decision-Making

This literature review examines the available evidence concerning the participation of disabled children and young people in decision-making. This evidence is needed in order to inform the development of a toolkit on how to meaningfully and effectively involve disabled children and young people in the decision-making process and approach participative consultations and initiatives in the most accessible and inclusive way possible.

Date: 2024 - Type: Report - Topic: Research

Responsible Innovation in Technology for Children: Digital Technology, Play and Child Well-being (Phase 2 Report)

This is the second report produced as part of the RITEC project. The first report, produced in 2022, explored the question: what does well-being mean to children in a digital age? This first-phase report is also available for download.

Date: 2024 - Type: Academic Journal - Topic: Policy-making, Service Delivery

Evidence-based Approaches to Policy-making and Service Delivery for Children and Young People in Ireland

This chapter discusses current practice and opportunities to strengthen evidence-based approaches to policymaking and service delivery for children and young people in Ireland. It analyses capacity among government departments and agencies to collect, utilise and share evidence that is disaggregated by age and other identity factors and coordinate research within the framework of the Children and Young People (CYP) Indicator Set, with a focus on mapping the needs of vulnerable groups of children and young people. It also discusses the collection of evidence through involving children, young people, and civil society in policymaking, as well as the development of regulatory impact assessments to anticipate child and youth outcomes ex ante.

Date: 2024 - Type: Report - Topic: Government Policy, Child Rights

Report on the Public Consultation on the Next Government Policy Framework for the Participation of Children and Young People in Decision-making

Resources / Resources / The Library Report on the Public Consultation on the Next Government Policy Framework for the Participation of Children and Young People in Decision-making Published January 2024 View Report Contributors Author: Deirdre Fullerton (Insights Health and Social Research) Publisher: Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth Date: 2024 Geographic Coverage: Ireland Type [...]
Date: 2024 - Type: Report- Topic: Early Years, Participation

A Literature Review on Methodologies for Consulting with Children Aged Birth to 5 Years

This report considers the participation of our youngest citizens from birth to 5 years and how this can be embedded in early childhood education and care in Ireland. Limitations of existing research have been highlighted by Correia et al. (2019) who state that there was no systematic review mapping international empirical research on young children’s right to participate in ECEC settings. Even that systematic review focuses on 3–6-year-olds and does not include very young children, nor did it include children with special needs. This literature review explores issues relating to what Cassidy et al (2022) describe as a complex, challenging and under researched area. It is understood that there is no such thing as children’s ‘voice’, rather children have a multiplicity of voices and these can be accessed in a variety of ways (O’Toole and Hayes, 2020). Given this understanding, practices need to be developed to support children’s participation from the earliest age. The aim of this literature review, then, is to provide policymakers and early years educators with a synthesis of the existing research in the field, allowing for a deeper understanding of current thinking with a comprehensive evidence-base on participation-related ideas, practices and outcomes in early years, highlighting state of the art and informing possible pathways to move the field forward.

Date: 2024 - Type: Report - Topic: Children's Rights

Pieces of Us – What’s Next?

In the years since the last Children’s Report, children’s lives in Ireland have undoubtedly changed significantly. As with the rest of the world, the Covid 19 pandemic hit children in Ireland hard.

Date: 2024 - Type: Academic Journal - Topic: Children's Rights, Participation, Education

Young Children’s Right to be Heard on the Quality of Their Education: Addressing Potential Misunderstandings in the Context of Early Childhood Education

The paper questions whether existing understanding of children’s participation in early childhood education may extend beyond what is required by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Date: 2024 - Type: Publication- Topic: Children's Rights, UNCRC

Taking a Children’s Human Rights Approach: Guidance

The purpose of this guidance is to provide information and resources to support public authorities and other organisations to implement a children’s human rights approach.

Date: 2023 - Type: Report- Topic: Children's Rights, Law, Family Law

The Voice of the Child in Private Family Law Proceedings: A Comparative Review

This comparative review reports on the outcomes of a phase 1 of a research project being undertaken by the Child Law Clinic at University College Cork that will examine the effectiveness of arrangements for ascertaining the views of children in private family law proceedings in Ireland.

Date: 2022 - Type: Report - Topic: Report

Youth Homelessness Strategy 2023-2025

In the years since the last Children’s Report, children’s lives in Ireland have undoubtedly changed significantly. As with the rest of the world, the Covid 19 pandemic hit children in Ireland hard.