Foróige in partnership with Youth Work Ireland

Foróige in partnership with Youth Work Ireland

Contract awarded to youth organisations to give children and young people a stronger voice in decision-making

Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today
announced that Foróige, in partnership with Youth Work Ireland, has been
awarded a three-year contract to provide children and young people’s
participation support services to the Department of Children and Youth
Affairs.

Announcing the awarding of the contract Minister Zappone said: “Foróige and
Youth Work Ireland will support the Citizen Participation Unit in my
Department in ensuring that children and young people have a voice in
decision-making that affects their lives, in line with government policy.
This includes conducting consultations with children and young people on
key policy issues being developed by Government, providing support to
Comhairle na nÓg in every Local Authority in the country, hosting the2
biennial Dáil na nÓg and Comhairle na nÓg National Showcase events, and
planning and supporting other participation initiatives.

A new National Children and Young People’s Participation Hub will be set up
under the contract as a national centre for excellence. The Hub will
support Government departments and other organisations in implementing the
National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in
Decision-making, 2015-2020 through training, documenting best practice and
developing education on children’s right to a voice in decision-making for
professionals.

Among the activities the Hub will undertake:
• Create practice standards, toolkits, and training materials to
mainstream good practice across the civil and public service and
non-government sector
• Conduct training of facilitators in creative and age-appropriate
consultation and participative methodologies
• Conduct training in children’s rights and children’s participation in
decision-making
• Build and maintain a strong network of key stakeholders from
government departments and agencies and from the non-government sector
• Establish a network of experts, who will engage with the Hub in
promoting children and young people’s participation
• Form partnerships with third-level and adult education institutions
to oversee development of third level education and professional
development on children’s participation in decision-making
• Develop a repository of information on participation initiatives,
projects and research
• Develop a public presence through a website to inform and educate the
public, particularly children and young people themselves, about their
participation rights
• Maintain and enhance the existing children’s participation online
database
• Showcase, promote and share good practice through seminars,
conferences and other events, and forge links and networks with
international partners
• Ensure that all Hub initiatives and actions are underpinned by a
strong evidence base