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Children's Database

What is was created to provide access to research and information on children for policy-makers, Government departments, academics, voluntary organisations and the general public. This website is maintained by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA).

What is available on

  • Irish Government policy documents
  • Annotated websites

Annotated websites

A collection of databases, specialist libraries, Irish, European and international resources, organised as follows:

  • Agencies and organisations
  • Databases
  • Data sources
  • E-journals
  • Key documents
  • Libraries and Information Gateways
  • DCYA Policy and Research Publications
  • Policy Documents Database
  • National, European and International Children?s Observatories, Documentation Centres and Research Dissemination Units
    Links organised according to the National Children?s Strategy Schedule of Objectives outlined below:

a) Early Education and Development ? including Childcare Services, Family-friendly Employment Measures
b) Education
c) Physical, Emotional and Mental Well-being
d) Play, Sport, Recreational and Cultural
e) Information and Communication Technologies
f) Abuse and Exploitation
g) Financial Supports
h) Accommodation
i) Legislation/Legal Issues/Children?s Rights
j) Disability
k) Social and Cultural Diversity
l) Family Life
m) Local Communities
n) Environment (built and natural)

Irish Government Policy Documents

A collection of full-text policy documents, produced by Irish Government departments and approximately 70 State agencies (1996 to the present), on issues that directly affect children. The database is fully indexed and contains abstracts and full publication details for each item, including the availability of Irish language and disabled access versions.

How were resources selected for inclusion in

A sample group of stakeholders was surveyed about their information needs and the information sources they commonly use.
Additional websites were reviewed and selected on the basis of relevance to the overall aim of the DCYA and to personnel working in the area of children?s policy.

Is free of charge?

Everything on is free of charge, with the exception of clearly identified resources. Resources that are not free are licensed for the use of DCYA staff and are clearly marked as ?access for DCYA only?.

Your views on

We welcome comments and suggestions for improvement to
Please send to:
Department of Children and Youth Affairs
Research Unit
2nd Floor
43-49 Mespil Road
Dublin 4
01 647 3000


While every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of information included in, the DCYA is not responsible for any omissions, inaccuracies or changes in content made by any organisation included in the resource. Inclusion of material in any section of this database should not be interpreted as an endorsement of either the authors or of their work