Below we present a range of data that provides "snap shots" of how children and young people in Ireland are doing in relation to National Outcome 5: Connected, respected and contributing to their world.
Diversity in our child and youth population
- Between 5% and 10% of the total Irish population are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender. Between 8% and 11% of the 12-25 Irish population are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (Dooley and Fitzgerald, My World Survey, 2013).
- In 2011, there were 93,005 foreign national children (0-17 years of age) in Ireland. This accounted for 8.3% of the total child population of Ireland and is an increase of 49.5%, from 62,211 in 2006. The number of foreign national boys is 47,214 and girls is 45,791 (Department of Children and Youth Affairs, State of the Nation’s Children, 2012).
- According to the 2011 Census, 1.2% of the total child (0-17 years of age) population are Travellers. 42% of Travellers are under 15 years of age and almost one-third (32.9%) of Traveller children were less than 5 years old (Department of Children and Youth Affairs, 2012).
- In 2011, there were 14,245 Traveller children in Ireland. This accounted for 1.2% of the total child population (0-17 years-old) and 48.2% of the total Traveller population. Almost one-third (32.9%) of Traveller children were less than 5 years old (State of the Nation’s Children, 2012).
Social and political activity
- Most 9-year-olds (over 90%) were described by their parents as having ‘at least two or three close friends’ (Growing Up in Ireland, 2009).
- Growing Up in Ireland (2009) study showed that 75% of 9-year-olds were involved in some form of organised sports club or organisation. Participation was higher amongst boys (84%) than girls (67%). Structured sports club participation increased with family income – this is already mentioned in Active and Health section.
- Over 380,000, or 43% of children and young people aged between 10 and 24 participate in youth work (Indecon, Economic Value of Youth Work, 2012).
- At 13 years of age, boys had higher overall scores compared to girls on ‘overall self-concept’ and also on ‘physical appearance’, ‘freedom from anxiety’ and ‘happiness’ (Growing Up in Ireland, 2012).
- Girls, in contrast, were more likely than boys to have higher scores on ‘general behaviour’, indicating fewer 13-year-old girls displaying problematic behaviour (Growing Up in Ireland, 2012).
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