Children and Young People’s Participation Hub
The National Strategy on Children and Young People's Participation in Decision-making (2015-2020), commits to the establishment of a Children and Young People's Participation Hub by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
The Hub will become the national centre for excellence on children and young people's participation in decision-making and will be fully functioning by the end of 2017.
The Hub will support implementation of the strategy through the provision of information, training and advice for Government departments and agencies and the non-statutory sector.
The following has been achieved to date:
• The completion of a scoping exercise to explore the needs of stakeholders and inform the establishment of the DCYA Children and Young People’s Participation Hub.
• The completion of an online children’s participation database of publications on the theory and practice of children and young people’s participation in decision-making, which is available here.
• An audit of education and training on children’s rights and children and young people’s participation in decision-making in all third level, further education and continuing professional development programmes in Ireland has been commissioned.
• The first training programme on creative methods of seeking the views of children and young people was developed and delivered to adults working in the government, statutory and NGO sectors.