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Children and Young People's Participation Support Team

In March 2009, the DCYA enhanced its capacity by creating the Children and Young People’s Participation Support Team. The Team is made up of the staff in the DCYA Citizen Participation Unit and three regional Children and Young People’s Participation Officers, from two national youth organisations (Foróige and Youth Work Ireland). The regional Participation Officers:

The reports of the independent evaluation of the Comhairle na nÓg Development Fund (2008-2009) and (2009-2010) highlight the value of the support, information and training provided by the three regional Participation Officers. They note the marked improvement in the operation of many child and youth councils resulting from the involvement of the Participation Officers. They also note the important role played by these officers in creating a strong link between child and youth councils at local level and the DCYA at national level, including the provision of excellent information on expenditure under the Development Fund.

In addition to working directly with organisers of the 34 child and youth councils, the DCYA Participation Officers were involved in the planning and management of a wide range of children’s participation initiatives as part of the DCYA Children and Young People’s Participation Support Team during 2011 and 2012, including:


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