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Links organised by National Children’s Strategy Schedule of Objectives categories Section 5.3


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)

A. Early Education and Development including Childcare Services, Family-Friendly Employment Measures

Ireland
Databases
Early Childhood Care and Education Research Database
Contains the content of the Centre for Early Childhood Development & Education Audit of Research on Early Childhood Care and Education in Ireland 1990-2003 and updated continually. Search by keyword. Citation only database. No full-text links or abstracts.
Irish Work Life Balance Research
The research section of the website contains an inventory of publications selected from the original 15 EU member states, including Ireland, along with the US, Australia and New Zealand. The focus is on English language publications produced from 1990 to 2005 and preference has been given to publications that are comparatively easy to obtain and are of most relevance to the Irish situation. Categories are: Family Friendly/Work life balance arrangements; Flexibility and working time; Care Responsibilities and; Other relevant aspects

Specialist Libraries
Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education Library (CECDE)

Links
Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education (CECDE)
Develops and co-ordinates early childhood education in pursuance of the objectives of the White Paper 'Ready to Learn' and advises the Department of Education and Science on policy issues in this area. Site includes resources, research, databases and library.
Childcare Online
Dublin City Childcare Committee's website. Provides publications, news, information on childcare policies and services
Childminding Ireland – the National Association of Childminders
Provides standards, training, publications and information about childminding in Ireland.
City and County Childcare Committees contact details
List of 33 county and City Childcare Committees.
Equality Authority
Research and publications includes matters pertaining to families and the equality agenda such as education, poverty, health, flexible working patterns, housing and childcare. Library service available.
Irish Work Life Balance website
Information on policies, legislation and research on achieving work life balance from employer, employee and trade union perspectives.
IPPA the Early Childhood Organisation
National representative organisation promotes quality, play based early childhood education and care. List of research reports available.
National Children’s Nurseries Association (NCNA)
National membership organization aims to promote high standards of quality childcare. Includes guidelines on a range of issues from quality care in the nursery, staff/child ratios, and insurance to legal requirements, hygiene and record keeping.
National Play Policy Vision Statement from National Children’s Advisory Council
Nine-page advice from the Council on play in Ireland.
Siolta: The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education
Contains the introductory handbook, four manuals, and a complementary Resources section. Framework is designed to allow early education settings to evaluate their level of quality provision and to determine the quality of the service they are providing.
Sugradh (Play Ireland)
Promotes the right of children to play in Ireland. Provides advice on play for the school-aged child and on developing playgrounds and play services. Undertakes research on play provision and run workshops and seminars on aspects of play.

Europe & International
Links
Australian Institute of Family Studies
Australian government statutory authority. Undertakes high-quality research that informs the Australian Government and the community and influences policy, services and support for families. Site includes links to project websites including Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault; Communities and Families Clearinghouse Australia; Growing Up in Australia: the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children; National Child Protection Clearinghouse.
Canada - Childcare Research and Resource Unit
University of Toronto, Canada. A policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and care. Online documents and publications.
UK Every Child Matters
Cross-Government working with local partners to achieve better outcomes for children and young people. Includes sections on early years and childcare, education, training and employment, health, parents, carers and families, social care, welfare and protection, and youth justice.
UK Sure Start
Government programme which aims to achieve better outcomes for children, parents and communities. Research section links to key research in issues in early childhood development including international best evidence research.
US Childcare Bureau
Administers federal funds to assist low-income families in accessing quality child care for children when the parents work or participate in education or training. Includes research, statistics and policy information.
US National Association for the Education of Young Children
Dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age eight. Focus on using evidence-based research. Site contains research reports and policy documents plus information resources.
US National Center for Early Development and Learning
Research project supported by the US Department of Education's Institute for Educational Sciences (IES). Focuses on enhancing the cognitive, social and emotional development of children from birth through age eight. Based at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center. Research reports available.
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B. Education

Ireland
Databases

Educational Disadvantage Database
Provides an inventory of all the initiatives taking place to address educational disadvantage in the various primary schools throughout Ireland.

Links
Anti-Bullying Centre at Trinity College Dublin
Research and resource centre for school-based bullying
Dept. of Education & Science
Educational Disadvantage Centre
Based at St. Patrick’s College promotes equality in education. Includes current research section.
Educational Research Centre
Based at St. Patrick’s College conducts research on a range of educational issues, including analysis of exam results, new initiatives, assessments, services in schools. Research reports available for download.
Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO)
Publication section contains policy and research documents from the INTO. Links section has a comprehensive list of Irish education related websites and resources.
National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE)
An agency of the Irish Department of Education and Science. Its main roles are to support and develop guidance practice in all areas of education and to inform the policy of the Department in the field of guidance. Site includes full-text access to many reports and publications.
National Council for Curriculum & Assessment
Advises the Minister for Education and Science on curriculum and assessment for early childhood education and for primary and post-primary schools. Reports, consultative documents, draft syllabuses and guidelines.
National Educational Welfare Board
National agency with responsibility for encouraging and supporting regular school attendance. Policy and Research documents include school attendance data.
National Parents Council
Represents the views of parents on curriculum, class size, school transport, health and safety and other issues.
Scoilnet
Portal for Irish education.
Special Education Support Services (SESS)
Portal for accessing information on a range of topics relating to special education, both in Ireland and internationally.
Youthreach
Training and education for early school leavers. The library section has a number of reports.

Europe & International
Databases
ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
Index to education literature 1966 onwards. Full-text links to many documents. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.
OECD Education Statistics Database

Links
Eurydice Information Network on Education in Europe
Includes an information database on educational systems in Europe, key data and information by indicators, country and topic.
UK Department for Education and Skills
UK Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
Inspectorate for children and learners in the UK. Site includes inspection reports, publications and research.
UK Standards Site
Department of Education and Skills standards in education site.

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C. Physical, Mental & Emotional Well-being

Ireland
Specialist Libraries
HSE Libraries Online
Includes a full-text archive of Irish health publications
National Drug Documentation Centre Library
Contains bibliographic records and full text of Irish research and policy documents and bibliographic records of the NDC library’s book collection

Links
Crisis Pregnancy Ireland
Research section contains several reports on sexual health promotion among adolescents, teenage pregnancy, and teenage sexuality.
Dental Health Foundation of Ireland
Information on dental health for children and dental services in Ireland. Includes research reports.
Department of Health & Children
Heath Promotion Unit
Research section includes the HBSC (Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children) survey plus reports on sexual knowledge and effects of alcohol advertising.
Health Research Board Child Health Epidemiology Research
Contains studies on spina bifida, neural tube defects and cleft lip and palate.
Health Service Executive
Recent Publications section includes National Service Plan, corporate and financial plans, plus publications relevant to child health such as Children’s Health First.
Health Boards Executive Programme of Action for Children (Archive site)
Archive but includes project publications and resources section which includes the Child Health Research Database and other resources.
Irish Association of Young People in Care
Aims to give a voice to what young people in care are saying, to promote the rights of children in care, to provide information, advice and support to young people and to promote the participation of young people. Includes publications and young people’s opinions.
Mental Health Commission
Includes mental health research database and network and an extensive set of links to mental health websites.
National Advisory Committee on Drugs
Advises the Government on problem drug use in Ireland in relation to prevalence, prevention consequences and treatment based on analysis and interpretation of research findings. Extensive links to other drug related organisations.
National Drugs Treatment Reporting System
Epidemiological database on treated drug and alcohol misuse in Ireland.
National Youth Health Programme
Resources and policy documents on issues such as alcoholism, drugs, mental health, nutrition, sexual health and suicide.
Special Residential Services Board
Reports and research on high support care units and special care units.
Spunout
SpunOut.ie is a youth-led media initiative covering all aspects of youth info, health, lifestyle and activism.
Youth Participation Project
A recently established cross-border project, whose aim is develop a framework for the participation of young people in the planning of services, which affect their lives.

Europe & International
Databases
Cochrane Library
The major evidence-based resource for healthcare decision making. Contains the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness; Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, plus databases of methodology reviews and studies, health technology assessment and economic evaluations.
PubMed
Premier international biomedical database from the US National Library of Medicine. Links to PubMed Central for free access to some articles.

Specialist Libraries
Child Health and Paediatrics Specialist Library (NHS)
Primarily aimed at healthcare professionals and some sections are by restricted to authenticated users. Publications section contains full text of government policy and research documents and some journals that are free to all.
World Health Organisation Library
Complete catalogue of all WHO publications from 1948. Some full text links to documents.

Links
EU Health Portal
Major source on health information in EU. Includes information by life stage with links to data and resources at EU and international level. Also includes environmental health information and resources.
UK Department of Health
Policies, publications and statistics
UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
National UK agency responsible for providing national guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health. Produces practice guidelines in the fields of public health, health technologies and clinical practice.
US National Guidelines Clearinghouse
Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines from the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Browse guidelines by disease/condition or by treatment/intervention.
US National Library of Medicine
Major health information site for health care consumers and providers. Includes research databases and specialised information services on AIDS, health services research and more.
World Health Organisation Europe
Statistical datasets and links to databases, country profiles and publications for European countries.
World Health Organisation Department of Child & Adolescent Health Development
Works towards promoting the survival, health, growth and development of children and adolescents from birth to age 19 years. Includes data and statistics, information resources and links.

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D. Play, Sport, Recreation & Cultural

Ireland
Specialist Libraries

Arts Council of Ireland Library
Includes annual reports and several documents relating to children and arts in schools.

Links
Arts Council of Ireland
Includes information on protection and welfare of young people in the arts.
Foroige
Irish Sports Council
ISC Publications section includes research publications.
National Association of Youth Drama
Research section contains reports on youth participation of 10-14 year olds in youth theatres and research on the relevance of the NAYD.
National Play Policy Vision Statement from National Children’s Advisory Council
National Play Resource Centre
Provides information, support, and advice on a range of issues effecting the development of children’s play in Ireland.
National Youth Council of Ireland
Portal site focusing on all things youth in Ireland. Includes information on issues pertinent to young people.
Sugradh (Play Ireland)
Promotes the right of children to play in Ireland
Youth Information Ireland
Youth Work Ireland
Previously the National Youth Federation.
Irish Youth Work Centre Library

Europe & International
Links
European Commission Youth Site
Portal site to youth initiatives and programmes including EuroDesk youth information.
US International Children’s Digital Library
Provides free access to children’s books from around the world to provide access to books from many cultures and in diverse languages, in order to foster a love of reading, a readiness to learn, and a response to the challenges of world illiteracy Section for researchers includes downloadable policy and research papers.
US Project Zero
A project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education Project Zero's mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and scientific disciplines, at the individual and institutional levels. Summaries of research projects and findings are available.

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E. Information and Communication Technologies

Ireland
Links

Broadcasting Commission of Ireland
Research policy reports section includes Children’s Advertising Code.
Internet Advisory Board
Researches harmful effects of the Internet and monitors self-regulation activities of Internet Service Providers. Publications section includes reports issued.
Internet Child Pornography Hotline
Established to combat illegal child pornography on the Internet. Site includes advices, software solutions, and publications.
National Centre for Technology in Education
Provides advice, support and information on the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in education.
Webwise
Irish Internet safety awareness node managed by the NCTE. Webwise provides parents, teachers, and children with educational resources, advice and information about potential dangers on the Internet and empowers users to minimise or avoid these risks. Webwise shares best practice, information and resources with European partners through the European Commission’s Insafe network.

Europe & International
Links

Childnet International
Educational and policy site aiming to make the Internet a safe place for children. Publications include downloadable policy documents.
Safer Internet Programme
EU Information Society programme aims to promote safer use of the Internet and new online technologies, particularly for children, and to fight against illegal content and content unwanted by the end-user. Links to surveys and projects.

F. Abuse & Exploitation

Ireland
Links

Cari
Provides therapy and counselling service to children, families, and groups who have been affected by child sexual abuse.
Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse
Investigates child abuse in institutions. Includes vaccine trials and institutional redress board information as well as transcripts and rulings.
COPINE (Combating Paedophile Information Networks in Europe) Project
Primary research focus is child pornography and the Internet. Based Department of Applied Psychology, University College Cork site contains details of current and completed research projects. Some publications from the project available online.
Internet Child Pornography Hotline
Anonymous reporting service to members of the public who accidentally uncover illegal child pornography on the Internet. Funded by the Internet Service Provider Association of Ireland.
ISPCC
Information on services.
Ruhama
Works with women engaged in prostitution. Work includes raising awareness of trafficking of women and children.
Women’s Aid
Includes a study of young people's experience and response to violence and abuse.

Europe & International
Databases

Child Abuse, Child Welfare & Adoption
Free on registering. International database made available via the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse & Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse. US focus.

Links
EU Action against trafficking in human beings and the sexual exploitation of children
EU policy and legislation on trafficking in human beings.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Children Index)
Committee on the Rights of the Child; Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography; UN Study on Violence against Children.
US Child Welfare Information Gateway
A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, and online databases covering a wide range of topics from prevention, to child welfare, child abuse and neglect, adoption, search and reunion.
US Children’s Bureau
US government agency works with State and local agencies to develop programs that focus on preventing the abuse of children in troubled families, protecting children from abuse, and finding permanent placements for those who cannot safely return to their homes. Includes research, statistics and policy information.
US Children’s Research Center of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Established to help federal, state and local child welfare agencies reduce child abuse and neglect by developing case management systems and conducting research which improves service delivery to children and families. Publications all full-text. Also information on Structured Decision Making (SMD) in child protection services.
World Health Organisation Child & Adolescent Rights
The Documents section contains reports on child abuse and exploitation.

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G. Financial Supports (Poverty)

Ireland
Databases

Interagency Voluntary and Community Sector Resource Database
Database lists publications from Pobal, the Combat Poverty Agency and the Citizens Information Board.  Search by various means including topic.

Specialist Libraries
Combat Poverty Agency Library

Links
Combat Poverty Agency
Major source of information on all aspects of poverty in Ireland including child poverty. Extensive publications and research documents, many available online.
Citizens Information Board Social Policy and Research Section
Research reports and publications on the effectiveness of current social policy and services.
Citizens Information.ie
Irish eGovernment website developed by the Citizens Information Board providing information on social and civil rights.
Department of Social & Family Affairs
Publications section contains research reports on various social welfare topics.
End Child Poverty Coalition
A partnership of seven national non-governmental organisations working to end child poverty in Ireland supported by the Irish Youth Foundation. Research and analysis on child poverty.
European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland
Irish national network of the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN), a network of groups and individuals working for the eradication of poverty across the European Union. Includes policy guides on a wide range of poverty related issues including national anti poverty strategies (NAPS), publications and an extensive listing of related poverty links.
Money Advice and Budgeting Services (MABS)
Library includes reports on the cost of school survey.
National Economic and Social Forum
Provides advice to the Government on policies to achieve greater equality and social inclusion by analysing, monitoring and evaluating relevant programmes and policies identified in the context of social partnership arrangements. More recent reports are available online.
Office for Social Inclusion
Government office, located in the Department of Social and Family Affairs, with overall responsibility for developing, co-ordinating and driving the National Action Plan Against Poverty and Social Exclusion (NAP/inclusion).

Europe & International
Links

European Anti-Poverty Network
Representative network of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and groups involved in the fight against poverty and social exclusion in the Member States of the European Union. Reference portal for information on poverty in EU, extensive publications list.
EU Social Protection and Social Inclusion
Policy documents on inclusion including national action plans against poverty and social exclusion. Extensive publications
UK Child Poverty Action Group
Leading UK charity campaigns for end to child poverty in the UK
UK Child Support Agency
Exists to ensure that, where an application for child maintenance has been made, parents who live apart contribute financially to the upkeep of their children. Publications (under About Us) includes performance evaluations. Links to related web sites.
UK Social Exclusion Unit Children and Young People
Archived site but includes information and links on specific project to combat social exclusion experienced by child and young people.
US Annie E Casey Foundation
Works to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of vulnerable children and families. Site includes KIDSCOUNT statistical data, information on programmes and initiatives. Policy publications available online.
US Head Start Bureau
US government child development programs serving children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. Has the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families. Includes research, statistics and publications.
US National Center for Children in Poverty
From the Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University US. Leading public policy centre dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children. Site includes fact sheets, briefings, data tools and the Research Forum which includes a research database.

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H. Accommodation

Ireland
Specialist Libraries

Homeless Agency Library

Links
Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Housing Section
Housing policy issues, housing bodies, social housing issues and statistics.
Homeless Agency
Responsible for the management and coordination of services to people who are homeless in the Dublin area. Publications section includes among others, research reports on children and families. Extensive list of homeless related links for Ireland, UK and Europe and elsewhere.
Focus Ireland
Research reports on housing, homelessness, poverty and inclusion.
Irish Association of Young People in Care
Promotes the rights of children in care, provides information, advice and support to young people and promotes the participation of young people.
Irish Social Services Inspectorate
Develops standards for children's residential centres, foster care services and special care units and conducts inspections of children's residential centres. Inspection reports and standards documents available on website.
Special Residential Services Board
Includes reports on the inspection of residential childcare facilities and foster care.

Europe & International
Databases

Feantsa - European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless
One-stop resource for information on homelessness in Europe.
US National Resource and Training Center on Homelessness and Mental Illness database
US site under contract with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services. Research database contains abstracts of research and has categories for children and families.

I. Legislation/Legal Issues/Children’s Rights

Ireland
Databases

Irish Legal Information Initiative
University College of Cork, Faculty of Law. Searchable index of decisions of the Irish High Court and Supreme Court, spanning 1997 to date; comprehensive listing of academic articles published in 15 Irish journals from 1997 to date; Irish Statutes from 2002 and 2003; complete index of Statutory Instruments from 2002 and 2003.
Irish Statute Book
From the Office of the Attorney General. Comprises the Acts of the Oireachtas, Statutory Instruments and Chronological Tables of the Statutes from 1922-2004/5

Links
Children’s Rights Alliance
Aims to secure the changes in legislation, policies and services required to ensure the implementation in Ireland of the principles and provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Courts Service of Ireland
Publications, statistics and judgements database plus information on the court system.
An Garda Siochana
Community relations include juvenile and schools liaison programmesPublications section includes annual reports and reports on trafficking in human beings.  Research unit has list of research reports only.  Extensive list of links to related agencies.
Irish Human Rights Commission
Promotes and protect human rights in Ireland. Site includes publications and legal documents.
Irish Law Reform Commission
Keeps the law under review and makes recommendations for its reform. Publications in the areas of family law, minors and criminal law as it relates to sexual abuse of a child. All reports are available full-text online.
Irish Prison Service
Statistics include those under age 18. Site includes reports and publications.
Irish Penal Reform Trust
Campaign for the rights of people in prison and the progressive reform of Irish penal policy, with a particular interest in Youth Justice and information on the Irish Youth Justice Alliance.
National Crime Council
Independent body focussing on crime prevention and policy. Site includes documents and extensive crime related links.
Ombudsman for Children
Promotes children’s rights, investigates complaints and produces research and policy documents.
The Oireachtas
For acts, bills, debates
Special Residential Services Board
Includes reports on the inspection of residential childcare facilities and foster care.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights - Ireland
Ratifications and reservations from Ireland of UN conventions.
UCC Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights  
Concerned with the study of crime, justice and human rights, with a particular interest in researching children's rights.

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Europe & International
Databases

EUR-Lex
European law including the Official Journal, treaties, international agreements, legislation in force, preparatory acts, case law and parliamentary questions.

Specialist Libraries
Human Rights Library University of Minnesota
Extensive resources on human rights issues topic guides include children and youth and link to relevant international treatises.

Links
Convention on the Rights of the Child
Full-text and background documents on the Convention.
Children’s Rights Information Network (international)
A global network that disseminates information about the Convention on the Rights of the Child and child rights amongst non-governmental organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, inter-governmental organisation (IGOs), educational institutions, and other child rights experts.
Council of Europe
Seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals, including material on youth affairs and education.
Childwatch International Research Network
Based in Oslo, Norway, a non-profit, nongovernmental network of institutions engaged in research for children. The Network seeks to strengthen child-centred research to contribute towards real improvement in children's well-being.
International Juvenile Justice Observatory
Inter-disciplinary system of information, communication, debates, analysis and proposals concerning issues relating to minors and young people in conflict with the law
EuroNet European Children’s Network
Coalition of networks and organisations campaigning for the interests and rights of children.
Hague Convention
Global inter-governmental organisation that develops and services multilateral legal instruments, including international child abduction, intercountry adoption, conflicts of laws relating to the form of testamentary dispositions, maintenance obligations and recognition of divorces.
UK Home Office
Includes information on anti-social behaviour, drugs, communities and equality and diversity plus science, research and statistics.
UK NACRO Crime Reduction Organisation
Voluntary organisation trying to make society safer by providing practical solutions to reduce crime. Site includes publications section.
UK Youth Justice Board
Non-executive public body. Works to prevent offending and reoffending by children and young people under the age of 18, and to ensure that custody for them is safe, secure, and addresses the causes of their offending behaviour. Site includes publications section with downloadable reports, plus information for professional and the public including information on the youth justice system. 
UK The Children's Legal Centre
An independent national charity concerned with law and policy affecting children and young people.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Children Index)
Includes Committee on the Rights of the Child; Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography; UN Study on Violence against Children.
UNICEF


J. Disability

Ireland
Databases

National Disability Authority Disability Research Database
Irish disability related research conducted since 1996. Includes research articles and reports, books with research component, theses and conference proceedings. Abstracts and some links to full-text.
National Intellectual Disability Database (NIDD)
Health Research Board database informs the regional and national planning of services needs of people with intellectual disabilities by providing information on trends in demographics, current service use and future service need. Full-text of annual reports and other publications available.
National Physical and Sensory Disability Database
Health Research database informs the regional and national planning of services to people with physical and sensory disabilities by providing information on trends in demographics, current service use and future service need. Full-text of annual reports and other publications available.

Specialist Libraries

National Disability Authority Library 
A unique collection of material on disability and related subjects.The library houses 40,000+ books, journal articles, videos, CD-ROMs and newsletters and is open to the public. 
NCBI National Council for the Blind of Ireland Library
NCBI offers a wide range of braille, audio and large print books, newspapers and magazines to members throughout the country, free of charge through the postal system. The library holds the largest collection of large print novels for children in Ireland as well as audio recording of textbooks from the primary and second level curriculum.

Links
National Disability Authority
The leading state agency on disability issues, providing independent expert advice to Government on policy and practice.
Inclusion Ireland
Formerly NAHMI national voluntary organisation working to promote the rights of people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland.
National Federation of Voluntary Bodies
National umbrella organisation for voluntary/non-statutory agencies that provide direct services to people with intellectual disability. Research section includes database of research done by member organisations.
Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency
Supports the work of local Community Development Projects (CDPs), Family Resource Centres (FRCs) and Regional and Specialist Support Agencies in understanding disability issues, devising strategies for including people with disabilities, implementing actions and generally striving to ensure equality for disabled people.
NCBI National Council for the Blind of Ireland
A not for profit charitable organisation which offers support and services nationwide to people experiencing difficulties with their eyesight. Services are available to people from all age groups with sight loss,  including children.

Europe and International
European Commission website for the Integration of People with Disabilities
Provides an overview of the EU disability strategy with related documents and links.
US National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Provides evidence-based research information on effective practices for children with disabilities, primary focus is on education but has research resources on specific disabilities.

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K. Social & Cultural Diversity

Ireland
Specialist Libraries

Reception and Integration Agency Library
Provides lists of documents held in the library for reference purposes only. Library is not open to the public.

Links
BeLonG To Youth Project
Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth
Dept. of Justice Immigration, Asylum and Citizenship Division
Legislation, statistics and publications relating to immigration and asylum.
Exchange House Travellers Service
Travellers and settled people working together to provide social work, family support, youth services and education programmes to Travellers in the greater Dublin Area. Information on services, programmes and publications.
Immigrant Council of Ireland
NGO promoting rights of immigrants in Ireland. Site includes reports on family issues and reunification, fact sheets and statistics.
Irish Refugee Council
NGO working at national level on policy, research, legal, networking and information issues. Publications section includes reports on social inclusion of children and separated children.
Irish Traveller Movement
National network of traveller organisations. Key Issues section contains detailed data on education and Traveller children at pre-school, primary and post-primary level. Publications section contains some reports and policy documents on education and Traveller children.
National Action Plan Against Racism
NPAR was launched by the Government in January 2005 and reaffirms the Government’s commitment that racism has no place in Irish society. It provides the strategic direction to develop a more inclusive, intercultural society in Ireland through reasonable and common sense strategies that have the potential to receive broad support across Irish society.
National Consultative Committee on Racism & Interculturalism (NCCRI)
A partnership independent expert body focusing on racism and interculturalism seeks to inform policy. Publications section includes a number of reports and submissions.
Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC)
Independent office established to investigate asylum and family reunification applications. Site includes information on the asylum/family reunification processes, unaccompanied minors, publications, annual and monthly statistics.
Pavee Point
Irish Travellers Centre. Publication section contains reports on Children & Education. Information Section contains a bibliography of resources organised by topic.
Reception and Integration Agency
Under the aegis of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. Responsible for coordinating the provision of services to both asylum seekers and refugees, coordinating the implementation of integration policy for all refugees and persons granted leave to remain in the State and responding to crisis situations. Site contains information on the asylum process, publications and statistics.
Refugee Appeals Tribunal
United Nations High Commission on Refugees - Ireland
UN information on Ireland and refugees including statistical and legislative information plus analysis of legislation and policy.

Europe and International
European Commission’s Roma website
Provides information on the EU’s activities in support of the Roma, Gypsy and Traveller community across Europe.
EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
Provides the Community and its Member States with objective, reliable and comparable information and data on racism, xenophobia, islamophobia and anti-Semitism at the European level in order to help the EU and its Member States to establish measures or formulate courses actions against racism and xenophobia. Includes country reports on racist violence, database and publications.
US Bridging Refugee and Children’s Services
US national assistance programme addressing challenges which refugee youth and children face in adjusting to life in the United States. Includes clearinghouse containing selected resources related to refugee youth and child well-being and a section for researchers and policy makers.

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L. Family Life

Ireland
Databases

Irish Work Life Balance Research
The research section of the website contains an inventory of publications selected from the original 15 EU member states, including Ireland, along with the US, Australia and New Zealand. The focus is on English language publications produced from 1990 to 2005 and preference has been given to publications that are comparatively easy to obtain and are of most relevance to the Irish situation.

Links
Adoption Authority
Central adoption authority in Ireland. Information on domestic and intercountry adoptions, legislation and more.
Equality Authority
Remit includes matters pertaining to families and the equality agenda such as education, poverty, health, flexible working patterns, housing and childcare.
Family Diversity Initiative
Coalition of organisations working with and representing the interests of diverse families in Ireland.
Family Support Agency
Responsibility to promote and disseminate information about family-related issues.
Irish Social Services Inspectorate
Reports and standards documents for foster care and residential care.
Irish Work Life Balance Website
The research section of the website contains an inventory of publications selected from the original 15 EU member states, including Ireland, along with the US, Australia and New Zealand. The focus is on English language publications produced from 1990 to 2005 and preference has been given to publications that are comparatively easy to obtain and are of most relevance to the Irish situation.
One Parent Exchange Network OPEN
National network of lone parent self-help groups. Policy, publications and facts & figures on aspects of lone parenting including childcare.
Parental Equality
Works in support of shared parenting issues and equal treatment and access for fathers after family breakdown and separation. Downloads section contains various reports.
Treoir: National Federation of Services for Unmarried Parents and Their Children
Provides information and services to unmarried parents.

Europe & International
Links

Australia Communities and Family Clearinghouse Australia (CAFCA)
Access to current information and resources to assist those working in the field of early childhood and community development. Links to the Stronger Families Learning Exchange archive site.
European Foundation for the Improvement in Working and Living Conditions
Policy and research reports include living conditions and the work-life balance. Publications include research reports and conference proceedings.
UK Working Families
UK work/life balance charity. Information for families, policy makers and employers.
US Administration for Children and Families
Administers the major Federal programmes that support: social services that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities; protective services and shelter for children and youth in at-risk situations; child care for working families and families on public assistance; and adoption for children with special needs.
US Centre for Youth Development
Promotes collaborations in research and evaluation between University of California (UC) Cooperative Extension professionals and UC campus-based scientists that deepen understanding of youth development in the contexts of family and community. Publications online and a section listing “research you may have missed.
US Clearinghouse on International Developments in Child, Youth and Family Policies (University of Columbia)
Provides cross-national, comparative information about the policies, programs, benefits and services available in the advanced industrialized countries to address child, youth, and family needs. Coverage focuses on 23 advanced industrialized countries.

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M. Local Communities

Ireland
Links

National Development Plan
Includes projects database and publications, provides information on the development of childcare services by county.
Planet
Representative body of the 38 Partnership companies in Ireland. Includes publications and position papers on childcare issues.
Pobal
Mission is to “promote social inclusion, reconciliation and equality through integrated social and economic development within communities.” Pobal manages programmes on behalf of the Irish Government and The EU. Includes childcare development programme and supporting publications.
Programmes for Government

Europe and International
EU URBACT
“efforts of URBACT concern mainly the cities and those areas, which are characterised by a raised level of unemployment, of delinquency and poverty and by the insufficient presence of public services.”
UK Department of Communities and Local Government
Role is to build the capacity of communities to shape and protect their own future.  Includes research and statistics section plus extensive links to reports and websites on topics such as cities and regions, housing, and planning, building and the environment.
UK Neighbourhood Renewal Unit
Responsible for overseeing the UK Government’s neighbourhood renewal strategy. Includes publications and research library and a link to Renewal.net a toolkit and online guide to what works in neighbourhood renews.
US Centre for youth development
Promotes collaborations in research and evaluation between University of California (UC) Cooperative Extension professionals and UC campus-based scientists that deepen understanding of youth development in the contexts of family and community. Publications online and a section listing “research you may have missed.
US Office of Community Planning and Development
Seeks to develop viable communities by promoting integrated approaches that provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons

N. Environment (Built and Natural)

Ireland
Specialist Libraries

ENFO Environmental Information Library

Links
Comhar National Sustainable Development Partnership
Forum for consultation and dialogue on issues related to sustainable development.
Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government http://www.environ.ie/
Policy documents, planning documents, statistics located under the pertinent categories in “what we do”.
ENFO Environmental Information
Public information service on environmental issues including sustainable development.
Road Safety Authority
Includes information on child car seat safety, seat belts and other issues.

Europe & International
Links

EU Environmental Activities
Latest developments by EU institutions, legal aspects and key documentation.
Society for Risk Analysis
Open forum for anyone interested in risk analysis. Interests include risks to human health and the environment, both built and natural; threats from physical, chemical, and biological agents and from a variety of human activities as well as natural events; analyze risks of concern to individuals, to public and private sector organizations, and to society at various geographic scales.
UN Environment Programme
Includes publications database and information for children and youth.
US Children Youth and Environments
International, refereed journal with a focus on the physical environment. Website also includes a database with links to some full-text, directory of resources and articles of interest.
US Environmental Health and Toxicology
From the US National Library of Medicine. A major resource for toxicology information. Information for researchers, the public, health professionals and educators. Includes Toxtown interactive guide to potentially toxic substances and environmental health issues in everyday places Household Products Database which houses information on the potential health effects of chemicals for over 6,000 common household products.
US National Center for Environmental Health
Part of the US Centres for Disease Control. Works to prevent illness, disability, and death from interactions between people and the environment. Especially committed to safeguarding the health of populations vulnerable to certain environmental hazards-children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

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