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National Youth Council of Ireland Programmes



An initiative of the National Youth Council of Ireland, the Youth Arts Programme is dedicated to the development and advancement of youth arts in Ireland. It aims specifically to realise the potential of young people through good quality arts practice in the youth service and to develop appropriate policies and activities at local, regional and national level.


The Youth Health Programme is a partnership between the National Youth Council, the Health Service Executive and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. The programme to provide a broad based, flexible health promotion, support and training service to youth organisations and works to ensure that young persons’ health is on the policy agenda.


The Child Protection Programme is based in the National Youth Council of Ireland and is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

It was established in 2005 as part of the implementation of the National Youth Work Development Plan (link). The CPU aims to develop and implement a comprehensive awareness and training programme for the youth work sector.

NYCI’s  approach to this work includes:

•    Building the capacity of youth organisations to safeguard and protect their children and young people.

•    Developing and delivering child protection trainings to staff and volunteers at all levels of responsibility in a youth work organisation.

•    Providing access for small youth work organisations to the Garda Vetting Unit through membership of the Youth Work Garda Vetting Consortium.

•    Advocating on behalf of the youth work sector for measures which safeguard and protect children and young people.



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