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DCYA/IRCHSS co-funded research


Young People as Social Actors: An examination of young people’s perspectives on the impact of participation in DCYA initiatives



The project will investigate the experiences and outcomes of participation for children and young people who have been involved in OMCYA initiatives over the last ten years. The project will use participatory research methods to develop a research and evaluation model that will take account of children’s and young people’s voices, will be informed by consultation with the DCYA and is grounded in national and international literature. This will include the voices of ‘seldom heard young people’ who have participated in OMCYA initiatives, in recognition of the unique perspective which they can offer. This investigation encompasses a holistic conception of participation that is underpinned by four realms of impact - personal, familial, communal and institutional (Hart, Newman, Ackermann and Feeny, 2004).

Commissioning Unit in DCYA Participation Unit
Research contact:   Dr Shirley Martin, UCC


A review of the international literature on child protection and children in State care


This literature review will be based on a systematic search of the published international peer-reviewed literature and published national and international reports on children in need of protection and those in State care.   The rationale, search strategy and findings will be documented in the appendix to the review and will include a list of all sources included in the review.
 The review itself will provide a critical analysis of the documentary evidence and will include critical commentary on the weight that can be ascribed to the evidence and the reasons why that may be the case.  The review will summarise the international literature alongside the Irish evidence available on each aspect of the review.  In that way, the Irish evidence can be viewed in the context of the wider literature and similarities and differences discussed. Where there are gaps in the literature, this will also become apparent.  The final section of the review will be dedicated to summarising the research messages and their implications for policymakers, service deliverers and practitioners. 

Commissioning Unit in DCYA Child Welfare and Protection Policy Unit
Research Contact:   Prof Colette McAuley, UCD


Experiences/initiatives in the field of seldom-heard young people


The purpose of the project is to review national and international literature on the participation experiences of seldom heard young people and to identify good practice in the field of participation that is relevant and applicable to the Irish context. The project aims to integrate the experiences of young people who come into contact with the health, education, social care and/or the justice system in Ireland including those with physical and mental health issues; those at risk of exclusion from the educational system; those in need of care and protection; those with physical and intellectual disabilities; and those in the criminal justice system. In recognition that all seldom heard young people do not exist within formalized systems, the project will also include the participation experiences of young carers; young parents; those living in marginalized communities or vulnerable contexts; young people from ethnic groups (including Irish Travellers); and gay, lesbian and transgendered young people.

Commissioning Unit in DCYA: Participation Unit
Research Contact :   Dr Mairéad Seymour, DIT


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