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‘Speak Up’: Participation of Children and Young People in Decisions About their Lives in Tusla Services

Recorded in July 2016

Tusla Services


Author: Ms Edel Tierney, Dr Danielle Kennan, Dr Cormac Forkan, Dr Bernadine Brady and Ms Rebecca Jackson

Publisher: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway

Date: 2018

Geographic Coverage: Ireland

Type of Resource: Report

Sector/setting: Academic

Vulnerable groups: Children general

Developed with children and young people? Yes

Type of participation: Consultation With Children

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Child & Family Research Centre, Child and Youth Participation, Decision-making. Young People, NUI Galway, Tusla, UNESCO



The UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre at NUI Galway carried out a study to find out to what extent the voice of children and young people are being heard in decisions made about their lives by Tusla. This study forms part of the larger study. It aims to explore the experiences of children and young people involved with Tusla of participating in decisions made about their lives.

Decisions taken affecting the lives of children and young people who are involved in Tusla can be for example decisions about school and decisions made in care planning and review meetings.

The study used the Lundy Model of Participation to understand what is required if children and young people are to meaningfully participate in decisions made about their lives.