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Publications 2005

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2005 na hOifige Náisiúnta LeanaíAdobe PDF format document

National Children's Office Annual Report 2005 (Irish)

Published on 23 December 2005

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National Children's Office Annual Report 2005Adobe PDF format document

National Children's Office Annual Report 2005

Published on 23 December 2005

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Ireland's Second Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the ChildAdobe PDF format document

Ireland's Second Report to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is available now. The NCO undertook responsibility for the coordination and transmission of Ireland's second periodic report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Published on 25 November 2005

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Review of Comhairle na nÓg and Dáil na nÓgMicrosoft Word  document

The Office of the Minister for Children is working to ensure that Comhairle na nÓg will become a permanent and effective structure in local communities, ensuring meaningful participation by children/young people in matters that affect their lives. As a means of more effectively supporting and improving the Comhairle structure, this independent review and evaluation of child and youth participation structures within County Development Boards (CDB). The review will assist the OMC in devising a strategic plan for the development of Comhairle na nÓg and Dáil na nÓg.

Published on 10 October 2005

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Office of the Minister for Children - Child Protection Policy and Code of Behaviour for working with children and young peopleAdobe PDF format document

The Office of the Minister for Children (OMC) is fully committed to safeguarding the well-being of all the children and young people with whom we work. Our policy on child protection is in accordance with Children First: The National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children, published by the Department of Health and Children in 1999. The OMC is committed to promoting the rights of the child including the participation of children and young people in matters that affect them.

Published on 2 September 2005

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Dáil na nÓg Delegates' Report 2005Adobe PDF format document

A Report on Dáil na nÓg 2005. Subjects discussed - Drug and Alcohol Misuse and Recreational Facilities for Young People. Dáil na nÓg means 'young people's parliament'. Dáil na nÓg gives the children and young people of Ireland the opportunity to represent the views of those under the age of 18 at a national level.

Published on 15 August 2005

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Measuring Child Well-Being: An Inventory of Key Indicators, Domains and IndicatorAdobe PDF format document

The main objectives for compiling this inventory were as follows:
1. To identify indicators currently in use, and routinely published across different countries;
2. To identify indicators that are well-recognised and accepted across different countries;
3. To identify indicators that have been recognised by experts and tested for scientific soundness;
4. To identify the key domains and/or frameworks used to conceptualise child well-being across different countries;
5. To identify the key criteria used to guide the selection of child well-being indicators across different countries; and
6. To provide a resource for others who may be embarking on a similar type project.
This research contributed to the development of a National Set of Child Well-Being Indicators for Irish Children.

Published on 30 June 2005

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The Development of a National Set of Child Well-Being IndicatorsAdobe PDF format document

A national set of child well-being indicators was developed by the National Children's Office (NCO) in consultation with policy-makers, service providers, academics, parents and children themselves. The rationale for developing these indicators is linked to evidence-based policy-making and reflects national and international trends. This report is a ground-breaking piece of research, which will prove useful in assessing how well Irish children are doing across all aspects of their lives. The indicator set is based on the 'whole child perspective' as defined in the National Children's Strategy, which allows for a broad and holistic understanding of children's lives. In addition to this report, two other supporting documents will be of interest: Children's Understandings of Well-Being (Nic Gabhainn and Sixsmith, 2005) and The Delphi Technique: A Methodology to support the development of a National Set of Child Well-Being Indicators (Hanafin and Brooks, 2005). You can download The

Published on 27 June 2005

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The Development of a National Set of Child Well-Being Indicators in Ireland: Executive SummaryAdobe PDF format document

This document provides a summary of the development of a national set of child well-being indicators in the Republic of Ireland.

Published on 25 June 2005

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Young Voices - How to Involve Children and Young People in Your WorkAdobe PDF format document

This report was developed by the National Children's Office, the Children's Rights Alliance and the National Youth Council of Ireland. Its aim is to encourage statutory and non-statutory agencies and organisations to explore ways in which they can involve children and young people in decisions that affect their lives. Young Voices promotes the importance of developing an organisational culture of participation by children and young people. The guidelines show how participation can become an integral part of an organisation's policy-making, planning and activities, and provide practical guidance on initiating and developing different forms of involvement.

Published on 14 June 2005

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School Age Childcare in IrelandAdobe PDF format document

The Executive Summary and the full Guidelines for the Development of Quality School-Age Childcare in Ireland.

Published on 11 June 2005

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Children's Understandings of Well-BeingAdobe PDF format document

This study was commissioned to inform the development of the National Set of Child Well-Being Indicators and explicitly designed to reflect Goal One of the National Children's Strategy (2000), that of giving children a voice in matters that affect them. The design of this Study, which used photography as a core method, incorporated individual level data collection and group level data analysis and feedback with 266 children aged 12-18 years. The findings of this study demonstrated the breadth of perspective that children have on well-being; the centrality of inter-personal relationships with family and friends (including school friends); the importance of pets and animals in their lives and the value of activities or things to do.

Published on 8 June 2005

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The Delphi Technique: A Methodology to Support the Development of a National Set of Child Well-Being IndicatorsAdobe PDF format document

The aim of this report is to provide an overview of the Delphi Technique and its application in developing indicators of child well-being. This research contributed to the development of a National Set of Child Well-Being Indicators for Irish Children.

Published on 4 June 2005

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Developing School Age Childcare - Report of a Working Group of the National Childcare Co-ordinating CommiteeAdobe PDF format document

Findings from a study specially commissioned by the National Childcare Coordinating Committee are presented in this well-researched and practical report, which will stimulate not just thought but also action as the stock of quality school-age childcare places is built in a variety of settings in the future.

Published on 1 June 2005

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Public Consultation on the National Recreation Policy - IrishAdobe PDF format document

Public Consultation on the National Recreation Policy for Teenagers
The public consulation on the National Recreation Policy gives all interested parties, including young people, a chance to have a say in how the Recreation Policy is developed.

Published on 4 May 2005

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Public Consultation on the National Recreation PolicyAdobe PDF format document

The purpose of the public consultation held on the National Recreation Policy for Young People was to gather views, comments and suggestions from all interested parties, including young people themselves, for the development of the policy. Overall, 940 people responded to the public consultation. Of these, 457 respondents (50%) were aged 15-17, while 222 (25%) were aged 18 or over; 43% of respondents were male and 57% were female. There was a good geographical spread of respondents, with at least one person from each of the 26 counties.

Published on 4 May 2005

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Questionnaire and Summary of Public Consultation on the National Recreation PolicyAdobe PDF format document

Questionnaire and Summary of Public Consultation on the National Recreation Policy for Teenagers. The public consulation on the National Recreation Policy gives all interested parties, including young people, a chance to have a say in how the Recreation Policy is developed.

Published on 4 May 2005

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Second Level Student Councils in Ireland: A Study of Enablers, Barriers and Supports - IrishAdobe PDF format document

This study was conducted to gain a better understanding of student councils and the needs of students, teachers, principals and schools. The findings are based on research conducted with 14 schools. Focus group interviews and individual interviews were conducted with students, teachers, Principals and the Boards of Management, including parents. There were a total number of 382 participants in the study. The research identified two essential factors for a student council, a shared understanding of the role of the council and the need for councils to be at the heart of school activity and be fully supported by principals. The study concludes that student councils provide enormous benefits to students and to schools, and afford students the opportunity to develop responsibility and leadership skills and to better understand the value of citizenship.

Published on 25 April 2005

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CEDO Ezine March 2005Adobe PDF format document

Ezine containing information from NCO for CEDOs and people running Comhairle na nÓg

Published on 3 March 2005

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CEDO Ezine January 2005Adobe PDF format document

Ezine containing information from NCO for CEDOs and people running Comhairle na nÓg

Published on 10 January 2005

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2005 Border Mid-Western Region - Developing School Age ChildcareAdobe PDF format document

Report of a Working Group of the National Childcare Co-ordinating Committee

Published in 2005

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2005 Southern & Eastern Region - Developing Childcare in IrelandAdobe PDF format document

A Review of Progress on the Implementation of the Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme 2000 - 2006

Published in 2005

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