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Other Participation Initiatives

Teenagers and Children Talking in Care – TACTIC

Inclusion Programme

DCYA Children and Young People’s Forum (CYPF)

Children and Young People’s Participation Partnership Committee

 

Teenagers and Children Talking in Care – TACTIC

The Group was established in early 2012 to make recommendations on improving the practice of listening to children in care and to improve opportunities for children and young people living in care to have a voice in decisions about their lives. 


In June 2013, the children and young people took the decision to re-name the Group TACTIC - Teenagers and Children Talking in Care. 13 children and young people have subsequently become involved in the Group, which has met on a regular basis with Citizen Participation Unit officials in my department. All of the young people are in or have been in care and all of them were at the ‘Listen to Our Voices’ consultations.
The Group is working on the following initiatives:

These resources will be launched shortly after establishment of the new Agency and given to every child and young person going into care.


In addition, the children and young people from TACTIC have recommended that the new Child and Family Agency should establish a permanent advisory group of children in care, to ensure that children in care have a voice of in the work of the Agency.

 

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Inclusion Programme

During 2007, the DCYA established the Inclusion Programme to develop best practice in participation, by providing new opportunities for seldom-heard young people to become involved in decision-making structures. This decision was taken in recognition of the difficulties often faced by seldom-heard young people in effectively taking part in Comhairle na nÓg or other decision-making forums for young people.

The aim of the programme was:

Seven organisations, which work with seldom-heard young people, were funded over a two-year period to support the involvement of a number of young people in the DCYA Children and Young People's Forum (CYPF), Comhairle na nÓg and other programmes or projects that involve children/young people in decision-making. 

The funded organisations were:

The DCYA has captured the learning from this programme (2007 – 2009) through an independent evaluation, which highlights the benefits accrued from the programme, but identifies considerable challenges in providing relevant participation opportunities to seldom heard children.

In order to address the findings of the evaluation and build on the work of this programme, the DCYA commissioned research in January 2011 comprising of a literature review and identification of good practice in the field of participation of seldom heard children and young people relevant to the Irish context. This research will include participation of key groups such as Travellers, children and young people with disabilities and children and young people from disadvantaged/vulnerable backgrounds/communities.

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DCYA Children and Young People’s Forum (CYPF)

 The DCYA Children and Young People’s Forum (CYPF) was established in 2004 as a reference panel:
• to advise the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and the DCYA on issues of concern to children and young people;and
• to undertake projects or activity at the behest of the Minister or the DCYA in pursuing issues or initiatives that require an input from young people

There are 35 young people on the Forum aged 12 – 18 years, from all parts of the country. They are nominated to the CYPF through Comhairle na nÓg and organisations representing seldom-heard children/young people. Approximately 30% of the members of the Forum are nominated through organisations that represent children and young people living in the care of the State, young Travellers, children and young people from disadvantaged communities, children and young people with disabilities, gay and lesbian young people and other seldom-heard young people.

The CYPF has been an invaluable resource to the DCYA. The members have been consulted on, or been involved in many initiatives including:

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Children and Young People’s Participation Partnership Committee

 The DCYA Children and Young People’s Participation Partnership Committee oversaw implementation of the Comhairle na nÓg two-year development plan (2009-2011). The committee was comprised of representatives of the DCYA, the Department of Environment and Local Government, the Department of Education and Skills, the Department of Arts Sports and Tourism, the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, the student council support service, the HSE, the youth sector (National Youth Council of Ireland, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland and other youth organisations), City and County Development Boards, young people and other key stakeholders.

The committee successfully completed the work in March 2011. New structures to oversee implementation of effective participation in decision-making for children and young people will be established in 2012, under the new National Children and Young People’s Policy Framework (2012-2017).

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