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Youth Affairs

The aim of the Youth Affairs Unit (YAU) is to support and promote non-formal education and developmental opportunities for young people so that they can enhance and improve their personal and social skills. 

Youth Work in particular prioritises the needs of at risk young people between the ages of 10 and 21 and those of socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.


Specifically the YAU work:

•    To develop youth policies and strategies that enable and enhance young people’s personal and social development
•    To support the youth sector in providing effective youth work and associated  opportunities for young people and to consolidate and enhance existing provision of youth services and initiatives
•    To monitor and assess the youth work structures, supports and services so as to ensure both quality of service and value for money
•    To support the alignment of youth policies and services with other Departmental policies and services and the broader policy and services field to help ensure an integrated and coordinated approach to the needs of young people
•    To liaise with EU/Council of Europe on youth policy and the implementation of EU programmes for youth.
These aims seek to define and direct the youth work and youth services. The funding of Youth Services provision aims to work alongside formal education in order to target services at young people from 10-24 years of age who participate in voluntary services.

This enables youth work to act as a support to young people, within and outside of the formal education system, and also as a point of contact or referral for other youth related services.


National Youth Strategy 2015 - 2020

The National Youth Strategy has its basis in Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures, The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014 – 2020 launched on the 16 April 2014.

Its purpose is to coordinate policy and services for youth across Government and other National Organisations to enable young people (10-24yrs) to realise their full potential and achieve better outcomes.



The Department will provide leadership nationally to ensure that all national policy is followed at a local level.

The National Youth Strategy is one of three whole-of-Government strategies developed under Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures. The other two are:
•    A National Strategy on Children and Young People's Participation in Decision-Making (2015)
•    A National Early Years Strategy (forthcoming).


Contacts & Links

Youth Affairs Unit,
Department of Children and Youth Affairs,
43-49 Mespil Road,
Dublin 4,
D04 YP52

Tel: 01 647 3228/3207/3020/3255



•    ETB Ireland
•    Pobal
•    NYCI
•    Gaisce
•    Erasmus
•    European Youth

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