Since 2003, the DCYA Participation Unit has collaborated with Government Departments and State agencies by conducting consultations, surveys and dialogues with children and young people on a wide range of policy, practice and legislative initiatives.

Since July 2017, Hub na nÓg and the Participation Support Team is working with the DCYA in planning and conducting consulting with children and young people on:

  • the Oberstown Standards
  • the layout of the new Children’s Court
  • the voice of the child in Adoption proceedings

These consultations are ongoing.

Links to reports of national consultations, surveys and dialogues with children and young people since 2010 are listed below:

So, How Was School Today? Report of a survey on how young people are taught and how they learn
November 2017

Report of consultations with children on after-school care
March 2017

Report on a Consultation with Children and Young People on Education for Sustainable Development
This report presents findings from a consultation with pupils and students on the issue of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), in order to inform future Department of Education and Skills policy in this field. The consultation was aimed at finding out what children learn in School to make the world a fairer and better place for everyone.
November 2016

Healthy Lifestyles – Have your Say ‘A Consultation with Children and Young People
September 2016

Children Seen and Heard 1916-2016
Report of consultations with children and young people on their vision for Ireland and on remembering the children who died in 1916
June 2016

Children and Young People’s Views on Human Rights in Ireland
A report of a survey with children and young people about human rights in Ireland in advance of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process January 2016
May 2016

Comhairle na nÓg Showcase 2014: Making Our Voices Heard
October 2015

A report on the involvement of children and young people in the recruitment of the Ombudsman for Children, October 2015
Published in October 2015

Report on the National Youth Strategy Young People’s Consultation Event
September 2015

Life as a Child and Young Person in Ireland – Report of a National Consultation
This report, Life as a Child and Young Person in Ireland: Report of a National Consultation, documents the views of 66,705 children and young people. This national consultation was conducted to inform development of the Children and Young People’s Policy Framework by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, which will set out the key policy objectives for the next five years.
November 2012

How we see it: Report of a survey on young people’s body image
October 2012

Listen to Our Voices – Report of consultations with children and young people living in the care of the State
July 2011

Report of a consultation with young people on reform of the Junior Cycle
July 2011

Life skills matter – not just points
A survey of implementation of Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) and Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in second-level schools
May 2010

For more information, please email us at hubnanog@dcya.gov.ie