Useful Publications and Resources
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.
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.
Teenagers Views on Solutions to Alcohol Misuse: Report on a National 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)