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Policies & Initiatives


Children First

The Children First Act 2015 was signed into law by the President on the 19th November 2015 and is being commenced on a phased basis. It provides a legal basis for elements of the Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children introduced in 2011. The Act provides a number of key child protections.

Children First Legislation.



A National Quality Standards Framework for youth work (NQSF) was introduced in January 2011.  This is used as a support tool to assess standard of youth work and evaluate development and improvement. The NQSF is currently under review in the hopes to further better its support.
NQSF applies to all staff-led youth work organisations, services, projects and programmes which are funded under the following DCYA schemes:
•    Youth Service Grant Scheme;
•    Special Projects for Youth;
•    Young People’s Facilities and Services Funds 1 and 2;
•    Youth Information Centres.

Support and guidance for local youth work services is being provided by the local ETB (Youth/Liaison) Officer.

The support services for the NQSF with National Youth Organisations are now delivered directly by DCYA.


Quality Standards and Task Groups.

Guidance Notes For Officers

National Quality Standards Framework For Youth Work

National Quality Standards Framework Information Notes For Services  (Gaeilge)

Part 3 Self Assessment By Youth Work Organisations    (Gaeilge)

Part 4 External Assessment By Quality Standards Officer  (Gaeilge)

Part 5 Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP)  (Gaeilge)

Part 6 Progress Report – Self-Assessment (6.1) and External Assessment (6.2)  (Gaeilge)


NQSF Volunteer Led Youth Groups

This supports over 1,600 volunteer-led youth groups, of which over 70% are connected to a National Youth Organisation. The Department is committed to supporting these groups an enabling them to provide the best possible opportunities for young people allowing them to develop and progress.

The Department has finalised a set of national standards for local volunteer-led youth groups and clubs. These are an opportunity for youth groups to demonstrate their commitment to good practice and to the delivery of quality programmes and activities which meet the needs and expectations of its young members.

In 2017 DCYA incorporated the NQSVLYG into the LYCGS.

This revised format has been developed in consultation with all relevant stakeholders. It will reduce the administrative burden, while still requiring clubs to display their commitment to best practice, to ongoing development of quality programmes and the provision of activities for young people.



The LGBTI+ Strategy is being developed following the 5 National outcomes and aims of BOBF to strive for full inclusion of LGBTI+ people in Ireland.

A number of youth consultations took place across the country in May 2017 and the information received has been compiled to aide in the development of the strategy.

The strategy is due for publication by the end of the year.

We are inviting young people from all over Ireland to come together on Saturday 9th December to celebrate Pride, Pals and Perspectives. The event will also be an opportunity to launch the Youth Consultation Report, which will form the cornerstone of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy and represents the voices, aspirations, ideas and input from 4,000 young people nationwide.

The event will be held in Dogpatch Labs, The CHQ Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1 on the 9th December 2017.

There is a bursary available for travel expenses and also an opportunity for interested groups to apply for an additional bursary to support the development of an exhibition piece to be shared/performed at the event.

Travel Bursary Application

Exhibition Bursary Application


National Drug Strategy

Published on the 17th July 2017 the new “Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery – a health led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025” strategy is an update on the National Drugs Strategy (2009-2016).

Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery lays out the direction of government policy on drug and alcohol use until 2025. The new strategy aims to provide an integrated public health approach to drug and alcohol use, focused on promoting healthier lifestyles within society.

Key actions of Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery include:
•    Introduction of a pilot supervised injecting facility in Dublin’s city centre;
•    Establishment of a Working Group to examine alternative approaches to the possession for personal use of small quantities of illegal drugs;
•    Funding for a programme to promote community awareness of alcohol-related harm;
•    A new targeted youth services scheme for young people at risk of substance misuse in socially and economically disadvantaged communities;
•    Expansion of drug and alcohol addiction services, including residential services;
•    Recruitment of 4 Clinical Nurse Specialists and 2 Young Persons Counsellors to complement HSE multi-disciplinary teams for under 18s;
•    Recruitment of 7 additional drug-liaison midwives to support pregnant women with alcohol dependency;
•    Establishment of a Working Group to explore ways of improving progression options for people exiting treatment, prison or community employment schemes, with a view to developing a new programme of supported care and employment.
•    The early Work Programme of the Standing Sub-Committee will focus on Drug-related Intimidation, pending the outcome of the respective evaluations of the Drug-related Intimidation Reporting Frameworks by An Garda Síochána and the National Family Support Network.

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