Teenspace – National Recreation Policy for Young People
Recorded in July 2016
Author: Office of the Minister for Children
Publisher: The Stationery Office
Geographic Coverage: Ireland
Type of Resource: Policy (International, Regional and/or Domestic)
Vulnerable groups: Children
Developed with children and young people? Yes
Type of participation: Consultation with children (e.g. surveys, consultative events or workshops)
Availability: Open Access
Keywords: Activities, Community, Framework, National Children’s Strategy, Office of the Minister for Children, Opportunities, Play, Policy, Recreation, Teenspace
The process of developing the National Recreation Policy was informed through research commissioned by the Office of the Minister for Children (OMC). The aims of the research were to determine what young Irish people do in their free time and what are the barriers and supports they experience and their aspirations with regard to recreation and leisure. Research was undertaken in 2004 with over 2,260 young people, aged 12-18, across a random sample of 51 schools throughout the country.
A public consultation was then conducted, the purpose of which was to gather views, comments and suggestions for the development of the policy based on the consultation document.
The findings of the research and the key issues emerging from the public consultation were considered in the context of the development of the National Recreation Policy.