Useful Publications and Resources
Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020
April 16th 2014
Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, was joined by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and An Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD to launch ‘Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014 -2020’. The launch event took place in Dublin Castle.
‘Better Outcomes: Brighter Futures’ is the first overarching national policy framework for children and young people aged from birth to 24 years and will be implemented by the Department of Children and Young Affairs in collaboration with all Government departments and key State agencies. ‘Brighter Futures, Better Outcomes’ establishes a shared set of outcomes for children and young people to which all government departments, agencies, statutory services and the voluntary and community sectors work, to ensure a coherent response for children and young people. To read more click here: http://www.dcya.gov.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=3146&ad=1
To read the full policy click here: BetterOutcomesBetterFutureReport
The Comhairle na nÓg Annual Report 2013 was compiled by Pobal. It makes for very interesting reading and confirms the excellent progress being made by Comhairle organisers and the young members of Comhairle na nÓg throughout the country.
We are delighted to launch the Dáil na nÓg Delegate Guide 2013. It includes a rundown of all the action from the day in November 2013 in Croke Park, including Minister Fitzgerald’s opening address, the group discussions & methodologies, the results of the voting, i.e. the final recommendation, and the Questions and Answers session. You will also find information on the work of the National Executive 2012-13 and details of the fantastic legacy they’ve left behind. We hope you enjoy reading it and that it brings back some great memories of a fun day!
In October 2013 the Department of Education and Skills hosted a one-day consultation event with 5th and 6th year students on ‘transition reform’, examining the transition of students from second-level into higher education and how that may be improved.
Fifty six 5th and 6th year students, predominantly nominated through Comhairle na nÓg, participated in the consultation event. The participants strongly welcomed the opportunity to contribute to a discussion on an issue about which they feel so passionately and which has such an impact on their lives. The consultation employed participative practices to enable the young people to self-select the themes for discussion in the morning session and to ensure their views were at the fore.
Young Voices: Guidelines on How to Involve Children and Young People in Your Work was prepared jointly by the National Children’s Office, the Children’s Rights Alliance and the National Youth Council of Ireland. In preparing Young Voices, materials were used that were developed by a wide range of national and international organisations with experience of involving children and young people. The case histories highlight the excellent participation work being done and provide evidence that the involvement of children and young people in policy development and service delivery is both possible and achievable.
The Report of the Comhairle na nÓg Development Fund (2007-2008) presents the findings of an independent evaluation of the first year of the Development Fund. The result show significant improvements in the operation of many Comhairlí na nÓg. Some CDBs have established regular sessions of Comhairle na nÓg, which link with the adult county council and interact with policy-makers to ensure that the views of young people are included in shaping policies and services. It is evident from the report that the additional funding has enabled many Comhairlí na nÓg to meet on a regular and sustained basis, possibly the single biggest achievement of the scheme.
Review of Comhairle na nÓg and Dáil na nÓg (October 2005) – Murphy Report – As a result of issues raised by Community and Enterprise Development Officers in CDBs, feedback from young Comhairle representatives and its own observations, the National Children’s Office (now the OMCYA) commissioned an independent review of Comhairle na nÓg in November 2004. The report was published in 2005 and noted that many of the 34 Comhairle na nÓg were not effectively engaging with children and young people and were in need of significant improvement.
Report from the Comhairle na nÓg Implementation Group This Report contains recommendations for supporting Comhairle na nÓg to ensure that children and young people are involved at local level in developing policies and services that are relevant to them. The report was approved by the Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan TD, on 27 April 2007. (Published in May 2007).
Publications by Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
Below is a list of publications by the Office of the Minster for Children and Youth Affairs (OMCYA), relevant to the work of Comhairle na n Óg.
Consultation Published in April 2008
. (Related press release on consultations). Report on the views of teenagers on alcohol misuse from consultations organised by the Office of the Minister for Children (OMC) in five locations around the country during October 2007
National Recreation Policy for Young People (September 2007)
National Recreation Policy for Young People – Launch leaflet (September 2007)
National Recreation Policy for Young People – A1 Poster (September 2007)
National Recreation Policy for Young People – Summary (September 2007)
Final Evaluation of Children and Young Peoples Forum 2005-2006 This evaluation report covers the period 2005 and 2006, the first two years of operation of the Children and Young People’s Forum (CYPF).
Report from the Comhairle na nÓg Implementation Group This Report contains recommendations for supporting Comhairle na nÓg to ensure that children and young people are involved at local level in developing policies and services that are relevant to them. The report was approved by the Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan TD, on 27 April 2007.