The priorities for  Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Children and Young People's Committee (DLR CYPSC) will be informed by a rigorous and inclusive research process in the area with service providers and service users, inlcluding children, young people and their parents. To facilitate this participatory process, the research consists of the following four phases:

(1) Stakeholder Consultation with Senior Managers, Service Leaders and Young Leaders: In April 2017 over sixty senior managers, service leaders and young leaders from stakeholder organisations in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown were facilitated by Lorna Kerin to discuss data sources, the needs of children and young people and service gaps in light of the five national outcomes. In depth discussions were supported by UCD Community Engagement volunteers at thematic roundtables relevant to stakeholders' services, including ‘Early Years Services’, ‘Educational Services’, ‘Community Services’,‘Youth Services’, ‘Mental Health Services’, ‘In/After Care Services’, and ‘Area Leadership’. The consultation data collected through individual service questionnaires and through roundtable discussion has been analysed to inform the commissioning of a socio-demographic mapping, service mapping and needs analysis of the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown area. 

(2) Socio-Demographic Mapping of Child and Youth Population: Seed funding was successfully secured by DLR CYPSC from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to conduct a socio-demographic mapping of the child and youth population in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown. This population level data is vital to inform service planning across sectors such as education, health, welfare, housing and development, community, transports and enterprise.

The All Island Research Observatory (AIRO) have been commissioned to conduct this socio-demographic mapping under the supervision of Lorna Kerin (DLR CYPSC Coordinator) and Joanne Cullen (Tusla Area Manager and DLR CYPSC Co-Chair). Data indicators will include 2012 and 2016 Census data in order to chart demographic changes over time, as well as non-census data from population data sets of value to integrated service planning. The timeline for this research is April 2017 – November 2017 to facilitate inclusion of latest data from the 2016 census sweep.

(3) Service Mapping: Funding has been secured from Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to conduct a comprehensive mapping of all services across sectors for children, young people and their families. This mapping will be conducted in collaboration with stakeholder services to ensure inclusion of all services across all sectors. The service directory will be updated on a regular basis to ensure accuracy of service information. The timeline for the service mapping is July 2017 – October 2017 and the service directory will be available for download on . The service directory may also be available in due course on an online website freely accessible to service providers and service users, pending additional website development funding from partner stakeholders. Please direct any queries or expressions of funding interest to

(4) Needs Analysis: Seed funding was successfully secured from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to conduct a participatory needs analysis of children, young people, parents and the services that support them in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown. The timeline for this needs analysis is August 2017- November 2017. There will be three key stages to the research

(4.1) Documentary analysis to collate and analyse existing validated data sources from services to ensure any previously collected reliable data informs the CYPSC planning process.

(4.2) Qualitative interviews and focus groups to ensure that a wide range of children, young people and parents’ voices as service users are heard by service providers, service planners and policy makers. This may include children and young people at different developmental stages (e.g. prenatal, 0-4, 5-11, 12-18, 18-24), living in various locations within Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, groups with diverse identities (ethnic minorities, LGBT) and specific service needs (disability, mental health, care leavers).

(4.3) A population wide online survey to gather data directly from universal populations of children and young people (e.g. primary school pupils, secondary school pupils, further and higher education students, young adult employees, young people not in education or training  etc.) as well as their service providers.

An independent research consultant will be appointed to conducted the research, who will be supported by Lorna Kerin (Coordinator DLR CYPSC).

Development of the three year CYPSC plan for Dún Laoghaire Rathdown 2018-2021

All research findings from the socio-demographic mapping, service mapping and needs analysis will be reported to the DLR CYPSC Strategic Steering Committee in November 2017 for discussion so that a robust evidence base can be considered in the prioritisation of area outcomes for the 2018 DLR CYPSC three year plan. Key findings will also be reported to a larger area stakeholder gathering in December 2017 for further consultation and invitation of stakeholder participation in CYPSC working groups to address the identified needs, service gaps and target outcomes. The timeline for writing the plan including consultation is January – March 2018. The plan will then be submitted to the National CYPSC Coordinator and Steering Group for consideration and feedback as appropriate.


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