- Service Providers for children and young people
- Government Departments and Statutory Agencies
- Resource Sites
Resource Sites are sub divided into further into Resource Type : General, New Technology, Health and Well Being, Behaviour, Games and Activities, Youth Civic Engagement and where appropriate categorised by age band,5 to 8 yrs, 9 to 11 yrs, 12 to 15yrs and 15+
Please CONTACT LINKS to update information on your site and or to provide additional links which we should include on this site.
|Groups funded under The Atlantic Philanthropies Children and Young Peoples programme.|
|Barnardos||Implementation of New Services Portfolio|
|Children's Rights Alliance||The Children's Rights Alliance is a national umbrella body composed of a wide range of non-governmental organisations and individuals concerned with the rights and welfare of children.|
|Incredible Years Clondalkin Partnership||Development of the Incredible Years Programme|
|Centre for Effective Services||
The Centre for Effective Services (CES) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation funded jointly by philanthropy and government in Ireland. We are part of a new generation of intermediary organisations across the world working to apply learning from the emerging science of implementation to real world policy and practice concerns that affect children, families and communities.
|Galway University Foundation||The Child & Family Research and Policy Unit|
|NFTE||Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) in Ireland|
|Preparing for Life Northside Partnership||Preparing for Life Inter Agency Project|
|Warren House Group||Developmental support for demonstration sites and intermediary organisations|
|Tallaght CDI||Early Years Services|
|Young Ballymun||YoungBallymun resources and implements services in partnership with community,voluntary and service providers in Ballymun.|
Public Policy goal is to promote better economic, social and environmental policies.
We do this by carrying out independent research and communicating the results to make it as easy as possible for interested citizens to understand the choices involved in addressing public policy issues and their implications.
|SPUNOUT||Ireland's National Youth Website. SpunOut.ie is a youth-led media initiative covering all aspects of youth info, health, lifestyle and much more|
|Jargon Busters||A UK based site.Funders and support agencies use concepts and terms from the language of planning, project management and performance improvement in different ways. This lack of agreed definitions has led to widespread confusion about what particular terms mean and how to use them most appropriately.|
Service providers for children and young people
|City of Dublin Youth Service Board||The City of Dublin Youth Service Board (CDYSB) was established in 1942 by the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee (CDVEC) to support development of youth work in Dublin city.|
|Dublin & Dunlaoghaire Education and Training Board||Dublin & Dunlaoghaire Education and Training Board Youth Services Committee provides a wide range of supports that enable the delivery of educational, recreational and developmental programmes, projects and services to disadvantaged young people through partnerships with voluntary groups, voluntary youth organisations and other national service providers.|
|Foroige||The purpose of Foróige is to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their own development and in the development of society.|
|Youth Work Ireland||
YWI work with local communities all over Ireland to deliver quality supports and services with and for young people. We provide safe spaces where young people are listened to, make a difference and have fun.
|CROSSCARE||CROSSCARE's mission is to promote a youth work response that is caring, compassionate and Christian and enables young people to participate more fully in the life of society and church.|
|Youth Information Centres||Youth Information Centres, which are located around the country, provide a free, confidential information service to young people and those who work with them on a wide range of subjects. A link to a list of YICs currently in operation.|
|Ogras||Ógras provides youth work services through the medium of Irish, in a safe, informal, educational environment|
|NYCI||The National Youth Council of Ireland is the representative body for voluntary youth organisations in Ireland.|
|ETB||The ETB is recognised in statute as a "body consisting of vocational education committees and recognised by the Minister for the purposes of this Act". Role to promote the development of education and training and youth work in Ireland. :|
|National Youth Arts Programme||The National Youth Arts Programme is an initiative of the National Youth Council of Ireland and supported by the Arts Council and the Department of Education and Science (Youth Affairs Section).|
|National Association of Youth Drama||The National Association for Youth Drama (NAYD) is the development organisation for youth theatre/drama in Ireland.|
|Early Childhood Ireland||Early Childhood Ireland supports and represents the people who play a role in the development, delivery and oversight of early childhood care and education in Ireland, and prioritises the interests of children|
|Exchange House Traveller Services||Exchange House is an organisation of Travellers and settled people working together to provide services to Travellers in the Dublin area.|
|Create||CREATE is a leading arts support organisation, providing services for arts development and practice in Ireland.|
|Children in Hospital (CHI)||Children in Hospital Ireland, a National Charity established in 1970 by parents of sick children to ensure all children in hospital are cared for appropriately. CHI works collaboratively with parents, professionals and other organisations to champion sick children by promoting their welfare before, during and following hospitalisation.|
|Irish Association of Young People in Care||The Irish Association of Young People in Care (IAYPIC) has as its aims to give a voice to what young people in care are saying, to promote the rights of children in care, to provide information, advice and support to young people and to promote the participation of young people.|
|St Vincent's Trust||St Vincent's Trust is a community organisation of the Daughters of Charity providing education, training, childcare and personal support services for adults, youth and children from the local communities in the north inner city area of Dublin.|
QDOSS is a network of stakeholders, drawn from the Out-of-School sector, which aims to promote positive educational outcomes for children and young people, particularly those experiencing educational and social disadvantage.
|Girl Guides||Catholic Guides of Ireland is one of the leading Girl Guide Associations on the island of Ireland|
|Sugradh||Súgradh is a registered charity providing support and a national forum for the promotion of play opportunities for children in Ireland.|
The Border Counties Childcare Network (BCCN) is a network funded by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform's Equal and by the HSE - North Eastern and North Western Areas to support the delivery of high quality early childhood services in the counties of Monaghan, Meath, Louth, Cavan, Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim.
|Young Carers||Part of the services provided by The Carers Association the young Carers project works with young people up to age 25 who having caring responsibilities. This site has a wide range of resources for young carersd and services that support young carers.|
|Learning Hub||Learning Hub Limerick was formed with an overall aim of working in partnership with local education providers, families and young people to develop and implement practical and solution focused responses to the high levels of educational disadvantage and early school leaving experienced by local communities on the Northside of Limerick City|
|Comhairle na nÓg||Comhairle na nÓg are child and youth councils in the 34 local authorities of the country, which give children and young people the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies|
|Government Departments and Statutory Agencies|
|Tusla||TUSLA The Child and Family Agency is the dedicated State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children.The Child and Family agency brings into one agency the HSE Children & Family Services, Family Support Agency and the National Educational Welfare Board as well as incorporating some psychological services and a range of services responding to domestic, sexual and gender based violence.|
|The Department of Children and Youth Affairs||The Department of Children and Youth Affairs focuses on harmonising policy issues that affect children in areas such as early childhood care and education, youth justice, child welfare and protection, children and young people's participation, research on children and young people, youth work and cross-cutting initiatives for children. (DCYA)|
|Department of Education and Skills|
|NCSE||The National Council for Special Education|
|TheOmbudsman for Children's Office||The Ombudsman for Children's Office (OCO) is here to make sure that the government and other people who make decisions about young people really think about what is best for young people.|
|NCCA||National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, an excellent devoted to improving the quality of education at primary and secondary levels through curriculum reform with several sub sites with valuable OST resource material|
|SESS||The role of the Special Education Support Service (SESS) is to enhance the quality of learning and teaching in relation to special educational provision|
|Local Government Site UK||
LG Improvement and Development (formerly the IDeA) supports improvement and innovation in local government in the UK, focusing on the issues that are important to councils and using tried and tested ways of working.
|The National Behaviour Support Service (NBSS||The National Behaviour Support Service (NBSS) provides support and expertise to partner post-primary schools on issues related to behaviour. On this website you will find extensive information on how our three-tiered problem-solving model operates in schools; locate our research, publications and resources; and find a wide variety other useful materials both national and international.|
|Léargas||national agency for international exchange|
infed was established in 1995 and the aim is to provide a space for people to explore education, learning and social action – and in particular the theory and practice of informal education, community learning and development, social pedagogy and lifelong learning. An excellent resource
|Youth Policy||Youth Policy is an independent think tank and publishing house, working at the junction of youth policy, youth research, youth media and youth work. This is our global evidence-base for youth policy. An excellent resource|
|European Youth Portal||European Youth Portal Information and opportunities for young people across Europe.|
|European Youth DASHBOARD||
The dashboard of EU Youth indicators was developed in order to provide a quick and comprehensive cross-sectoral view of the economic and social situation of young people in the EU.
|EU & EC YOuth Partnership||The EU-CoE youth partnership stems from the close relations that the Council of Europe and the European Commission have developed in the youth field over the years since 1998. The overall goal is to foster synergies between the youth-oriented activities of the two institutions. The specific themes are participation/citizenship, social inclusion, recognition and quality of youth work. Excellent publications section.|
|SpunOut.ie is an independent, youth powered national charity working to empower young people to create personal and social change. Very useful cetegorised "Life"resources|
|Irish Stats||Irish Stats is a one stop internet resource for most comprehensive and useful data about social and public life in Ireland. The website providesusers with current and accurate statistics for such areas as Education, Healthcare, Public Transportation, Environment, Economy and more.|
|Educational Disadvantage Centre||Opened in November 2001, the Educational Disadvantage Centre's stated mission is to contribute to the shaping of primary teacher education so that the cycle of educational disadvantage is broken|
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
|Scoilnet||A portal for Irish educationincluding resources for most subject areas|
|UK Dept of Ed||
An excellent publication section with research, reports, practice guideline available for practitioners, managers across early childhood to youth
|Teaching Practice Resources||Teacher and Childrens resources maintained by the Teaching Practice Department of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Most of the resouces are adaptable to OST provision|
|Joseph Rowntree Foundation||The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an endowed charity that funds a large, UK-wide research and development programme. They seek to understand the root causes of social problems, to identify ways of overcoming them, and to show how social needs can be met in practice. Very useful access to a wide range of reseach from UK|
|Concept to classroom||
The site features a series of FREE, self-paced workshops covering a wide variety of hot topics in education. Some of the workshops are based in theory, some are based in methodology - but all of the workshops include plenty of tips and strategies for making classrooms work Very adaptable to OST provision
|Scottish Youth Parliament||
The Scottish Youth Parliament is the democratically elected voice of Scotland's young people. It is led and informed by young people and its role is to ensure that young people are heard by the decision makers of Scotland and to campaign on issues that matter most to Scotland's youth.
|Youth Link Scotland||
YouthLink Scotland is the national agency for youth work. YouthLink Scotland champions the role and value of the youth work sector, challenging government at national and local levels to invest in the development of the sector. Check out Resources.
This resource from NYCI’s Child Protection Programme has been written for small and large youth work organisations who often share similar concerns, risks and challenges in ensuring all young people, staff, volunteers and the organisation are safe online.
|Common Sense||Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.|
|TechSpace||TechSpace is an open consortium / movement, who deliver professional development training for educators (youth workers and teachers).. All the leading youth orgs. are partners (Foróige, YMCA, Crosscare) and CDYSB.|
|FÍS||Film Education for Primary Schools community and development, all based on the power of digital storytelling. Brought to you by Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT). Excellent resource|
A UK based Teacher resource site with links to wide range of videos grouped by age band, 5-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-18
|Film Education||A UK based site with excellent online resources to support film education doing, viewing and reviewing for all age groups.|
|Tate Movie Project||
The Tate Movie Project is the first of its kind – an animated film made by and for children across the UK. The Tate Movie Project is a uniquely ambitious project using great artworks to inspire 5-13 year olds nationwide to contribute their ideas to an animated movie, links to resources etc
|Glossary of Websites||
Link to BBC glossary of websites categorised by age groupings as usual excellent
|Mobile Active||. MobileActive.org connects people, organizations, and resources using mobile technology for social change. They work together to create the resources NGOs need to effectively use mobile phones in their work: locally relevant content and services, support and learning opportunities, and networks that help MobileActives connect to each other. With these things on hand, tens of thousands of NGOs will be in a better position to enrich and serve their communities|
|watchyourspace.ie||Watch Your Space is a website devoted to empowering and supporting young people as they take action to address bullying, in particular cyber bullying, in their local communities.|
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.
Animoto automatically turns your images, video clips and music into stunning videos. A static web site is easily forgotten: instead, engage your audience with video, on your site and elsewhere.
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.
|Tear Away||Tearaway magazine –New Zealands leading magazine for teenages with a readership of 233,000 - The re launched site will ensure the magazine and website continues to fulfill its role as a mouthpiece for youth expression and a vehicle for promoting youth issues and topics not limited to education and resources, music, entertainment, sports and sustainability within New Zealand.|
|E-Future||The eFuture project aims to develop new methods for the use of ICTs, Web 2.0 and Mobile Learning which mainstream education and training providers can adopt to support large numbers of Youth at Risk to improve their capacity to enter the labour market and/or to progress within further education.|
|Health Promotion||Wide ranging HSE site covering a variety of health related issues .|
|Drugs||Another HSE site with excellent reports, infomation and statistics|
Reach Out is a web-based service that inspires young people to help themselves through tough times and find ways to improve their own mental health and well-being.Our aim is to improve young people’s mental health and well-being by building skills and providing information, support and referrals in ways we know work for young people.
|Head Strong||Headstrong was set up to change the way Ireland thinks about youth mental health, so that young people young people are connected to their community and have the resilience to face challenges to their mental health.|
|Barnardos Teen Help||
Everyone has their ups and downs in life but sometimes you might find you are going through a difficult issue that you need some help with. Even if it's a problem that you are not sure about, it's better to get some support and advice than to struggle on alone. Hopefully this website will give you some of the information that you might be looking for.
|National Office for Suicide Prevention||National Office for Suicide Prevention;Oversee the implementation of 'Reach Out' the National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention,co-ordinate suicide prevention efforts around the country ,speak regularly with agencies and individuals interested and active in suicide prevention. Useful resource section dealing with suicide and self harm.|
|Kids HelpLine||Kids Help Line Australia is Australia's largest children's charity, and provides a 24 hour phone service, email counsellor, parentline, information, suicide prevention prorgramme and links to games and fun sites|
|Irish Advocacy Network||
The Irish Advocacy Network was born in November 1999 in Derry, Northern Ireland. A number of people came together under the umbrella of Mind Yourself, a peer led and run advocacy organisation in Derry. IAN now has peer advocates in place in most health board areas in Ireland, north and south, who regularly attend acute units and day centers. Sometimes they meet people in the community.
|Youth Action around the world||
"Youth Action Around the World" draws upon the experiences of other young environmentalists to find solutions and inspire action. It also publishes the good work of youth in areas related to environmental
|Alcohol /JRF resource page||The aim of the programme is to support research and other work in order to have an impact on negative drinking cultures and patterns among young people in the UK|
|The National Child Protection Training Centre (NCPTC)||
The National Child Protection Training Centre (NCPTC) was established to provide bespoke training & policy development, and to share knowledge & information in the fields of Child Protection; Child Safeguarding; Domestic Abuse; Children & Human Rights.
|Irish Youth Workers Forum||The Youth Work Forum was the first on line community for Youth Workers and others working with young people in Ireland. It started in January 2008 and is run by Youth Workers for Youth Workers. The Youth Work Forum has no affiliation to any youth organisation or funders. It was set up as an on-line meeting space for Youth Workers and others working with young people from Ireland and beyond.|
|Targeting Educational Disadvantage (TED)||The TED Project seeks to harness and develop the strengths and resources of Mary Immaculate College to enable those experiencing educational disadvantage to reach their full potential. This site has excellent resources for download on research and practice in formal and informal educational settings.|
Clinks supports, represents and campaigns for the voluntary sector working with offenders. Clinks aims to ensure the sector and all those with whom they work, are informed and engaged in order to transform the lives of offenders . A Resource rich site
|Kids Behaviour||Understanding Kids’ Behaviour|
|The middle years signal the onset of school days filled with new adventures in learning and peers. We've gathered the must-have information to help you navigate everything from homework to bullies.Education.com is a useful resource site from ther US. This links is tied into the Middle Years between 5 - 9, other links to pre 5s and 9to13, although the school data is not particulalry relevant however the developmental and emotional links are ..|
|The transition period before adolescence is filled with change and opportunity. To help you navigate these years, we've put together a list of the most sought after topics to get you and your tween through everything from chores to college financial planning.Education.com is a useful resource site from ther US. This links is tied into the Pre Teen Years between 10 - 9, other links to pre 5s and 9to13, although the school data is not particulalry relevant the links on developmental and emotional growth are .|
|Teenagers experience numerous changes physically, socially, and emotionally. Once thought to be a time of storm and stress, the teen years are an opportunity to help set your child on the right path before they transition to adulthood.This links is tied into the Teen Years between 10 - 9, other links to pre 5s and 9to13, although the school data is not particulalry relevant the links on developmental and emotional growth are.|
This website aims to help you make a difference to children and young people's lives. It gives practical information, tools and activities to respond helpfully to troubling behaviour and to help children and young people to flourish. The site consists of a wide-ranging tool kit for anybody working with children and young people covering topics including eating disorders, bereavement and self-harm. Each topic includes "What you can do" and "when to contact a mental health specialist."
|Queensland Student Services||Although school centric, this government of Queensland educational site has links to useful resources|
|The Children's Play Information Service (CPIS) UK||
The Children's Play Information Service (CPIS) is a national information service on children's play, part of NCB's Information Centre. Our extensive reference library covers most aspects of children's play, including theory, research, policy and practice
The BBC Dig In campaign encourages all people to grow their own grub, giving people help every step of the way from 'plot to plate'. The site is geared for all age groups although worded as a schools programme all of the activities could be completed as part of any OST programme. Excellent resources, worksheets, videos etc
|Kids don't stop learning when they come home from school. The after-school activities for kids on these pages are entertaining, educational ways to engage kids and keep their curious minds working when they're not in the classroom|
|Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland's resource packs for primary schools provide useful activities for young people to understand energy|
|The Irish Met Service also provide a range of resources for primary age children to explore the weather|
|After School Activites||The Afterschool Resources Organisation provides a valuable resource to service providers in OST with rel;evant rersearch, prasctice and programmes available on line.|
EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies
In 1996, the founders of EducationWorld recognized the need to create a home for educators on the Internet, a place where teachers could gather and share ideas. They wanted to create a complete online resource that educators could visit each day to find high-quality lesson plans and research materials. Check out site map
|Public Broadcasting Service||
PBS Teachers is the US Public Broadcasting Service' national web destination for high-quality preK-12 educational resources. Here you'll find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels. They provide thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations.
Admongo was created by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC)—the organization in our government that protects consumers—to teach kids ages 8-12 about advertising and provide them with the skills they need to make informed decisions about ads and the things they buy. Admongo shows kids:
|The Community Tool Box||
The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.
|Play England the freedom to play||Play England’s vision is for England to be a country where all children and young people can fully enjoy their right to play. Useful resources and ideas.|
|Resource Youth Civic Engagement|
|Comhairle na nÓg||Comhairle na nÓg are child and youth councils in the 34 local authorities of the country, which give children and young people the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies|
Social Entrepreneurs believe that Ireland needs new, big ideas to address the social and environmental challenges we face today. We believe that social entrepreneurs provide such high impact innovations. They ignite social change by challenging the status quo and using their entrepreneurial skills and talents not for financial gain but for public or social benefit. Social Entrepreneurs Ireland directly supports high potential social entrepreneurs to enable them to maximise their impact.
The Young Foundation brings together insights, innovation and entrepreneurship to meet social needs. They work across the UK and internationally – carrying out research, influencing policy, creating new organisations and supporting others to do the same, often with imaginative uses of new technology.
|Young Social InnovatorsIreland||Young Social Innovators' mission is to raise social awareness among 15-18 year olds in Ireland by providing social awareness education through action and platforms for young people and those guiding them, which will result in an enhancement of the personal sense of justice, responsibility and capacity innate to all|
The UK basedCitizenship Foundation offers a range of resources for schools and others working with children and young people, as well as school- and community-based projects, many of which are linked to the National Curriculum. Good resources available on line.
|Consulting Pupils||This UK website provides access to a number of research reports on consulting pupils about teaching and learning|
|Future Lab||The Futurelab website contains information on a number of innovative projects in relation to citizenship education and children’s and young people’s participation, including in relation to teaching and learning.|
|Participation Works||Participation Works is a consortium of six leading children and young people’s organisations that provides expert advice to anyone wanting to give a voice to children and young people. The Participation Works online gateway for youth participation is a hub for information, resources, news and networking on the involvement of young people in dialogue, decision making and influence across a wide range of settings|
|PowerCube||The Powercube is a resource for understanding power relations in efforts to bring about social change. Powercube.net contains practical and conceptual materials to help us think about how to respond to power relations within organisations and in wider social and political spaces.|