Policy Reports

Please click on the links below to access our reports (2005-Present)

2022 

Silke, C., and Brady, B. (2022). Youth mentoring as a supportive resource for young people involved with CAMHS: An exploratory study. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, University of Galway.

 

Devaney, C., Churchill, H., Abela, A., & Jackson, R. (2022).A framework for child and family support in Europe.‌ Building comprehensive support systems. [Policy brief]. EurofamNet.

 

Flynn, N., Murray, C., Keane, E. & Kealy, C. (2022). ‘Keeping what worked best’: Living and Learning Beyond COVID-19. Summary of Key Findings and Associated Actions from the Crisis Coping Project. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre and School of Education, University of Galway

 

Keane, E., Kealy, C., Dolan, Flynn, P., Flynn, N., Forkan, C., Furey,E., Mac Ruairc, G. and Murray, C. (2022). ‘The Impact of COVID19 on young people Crisis Coping-Marginalised young people’s living and learning experiences during COVID-19 in Ireland Project Brief Series

 

Devaney, C., Crosse, R., O’Connor, P. and Jackson, R. (2022) Tusla – Child and Family Agency Parenting Support and Parental Participation Research Findings. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

   

2021

O’Regan, C., Brady, B., Connolly, C. (2021). Bridging worlds: New learning spaces for new times: Evaluation Report. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

Dolan, P., and Brennan, M. (2021) A Scientific Underpinning for the Youth as Researchers Programme, UNESCO Paris.‌

 

Silke, C., Davitt, E., Flynn, N., Shaw, A., and Dolan, P. (2021). The Activating Social Empathy School Evaluation 2021. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

Silke, C., Mullen, P., Dolan, P., Brady, B. and Haslam, S. (2021). Activating Social Empathy: Community Pilot Evaluation. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

Jackson, R., Devaney, C., and Brady, B. (2021). Conceptualising Participation in Practice in YAP Ireland: A Case Study. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

Devaney, C., Kealy, C., Canavan, J. and McGregor, C. (2021) A review of international experiences in relation to the implementation of a statutory duty for interagency collaboration to ensure the protection and welfare of children. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway.

 

Devaney, C., Christiansen, Ø., Holzer, J., MacDonald, M., Matias, M., Piessens, A., Salamon, E. & Kealy, C. (2021). The conceptualisation and delivery of family support in Europe‌ ‌: A review of academic literature. EurofamNet. 

 

Kovačič, T., Forkan, C., Dolan, P. & Rodriguez, L. (2021). Enabling an Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education for All; Through the Implementation of a New Evidence-Based Model on Educational Progression and Transformation. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway.

2020

 

 

Devaney, C., Crosse, R., Rodriguez, L., and Silke, C. (2020). A study of Tusla - Child and Family Agency’s actions and decision-making process following An Garda Síochána’s application of Section 12 of the Child Care Act 1991. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

Cunningham, J.A., Dolan, B. and McGregor, C. (2020) Preparing scientists for the principal investigator role and impact in the medical device sector [White paper]. Galway: CÚRAM SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

Brady, B., Devaney, C., Crosse R., Rodriguez, L., and Silke, C. (2020). Strengths and Challenges of the YAP Community Based Advocate Model. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

2019

 

 

Rodríguez L., and Devaney C. (2019). An analysis of Significant Event Notifications to inform Tusla’s alternative care policy and practice developments. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

Final Report

 

Furey, E., and & Canavan, J. (2019). A review on the availability and comparability of statistics on child protection and welfare, including children in care, collated by Tusla: Child and Family Agency with statistics published in other jurisdictions. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway

 

 Rooney, C., and Canavan, J. (2019) Exploring ethnic data collection for the Child and Family Agency

 

 Malone, P., Canavan, J., Devaney, C., and Mc Gregor, C. (2018) Comparing areas of commonality and distinction between the national practice models of Meitheal and Signs of Safety

 

Kovacic, T.. Forkan, C., Dolan, P., Canavan, J., Furey, E., Shaw, A. & Dolan, B. (2019).  Identifying Innovative Models for Supporting Vulnerable Learners Achieve Educational Progression; Early findings from an Evaluation of Social Innovation Fund Ireland's Education Fund. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre.

 

 Silke, C., Brady, B., & Dolan, P. (2019) Relational dynamics in youth Mentoring: A mixed-methods study. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre.

 

 Silke, C., Boylan, C., Brady, B., & Dolan, P. (2019). ‘Empathy, Social Values and Civic Behaviour among Early Adolescents in Ireland: Composite Report.’ Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre.

 

  Silke, C., Brady, B., Boylan, C., & Dolan, P. (2019). Empathy, Social Values and Civic Behaviour among Early Adolescents in Ireland: Scientific Report ‌. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre.

 

 Boylan, C., Brady, B., Silke, C, Dolan, P. (2019). Empathy, Social Values and Civic Behaviour among Early Adolescents in Ireland:Policy and Curriculum Review and Key Informant Findings‌. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre.

 

 Devaney, C. and Rooney, C. (2018) The Feasibility Of Conducting A Longitudinal Study On Children In Care Or Children Leaving Care Within The Irish Context. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

2018

 

 

 O’Connor, P., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2018)Newspaper Content Analysis: Print Media Coverage of Ireland’s Child and Family Agency (Tusla) 2014-2017, Galway: The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

 McGregor, C. & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2018) Public Awareness of Parenting, Prevention and Family Support  Services: Population Survey Final Report. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

Ms Edel Tierney, Dr Danielle Kennan, Dr Cormac Forkan, Dr Bernadine Brady and Ms Rebecca Jackson (November2018) ‘Speak Up’: Participation of Children and Young People in Decisions About their Lives in Tusla Services. UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway.

 

Jackson, R., Brady, B., Forkan, C., Tierney, E. and Kennan, D., (2018) Collective participation for children in care: A formative evaluation of the Tusla / EPIC Foster Care Action Groups. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway.

 

Chaskin, R.J., McGregor, C., and Brady, B. (2018) Engaging Urban Youth: Community, Citizenship, and Democracy. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

Rodriguez, L., Cassidy, A. and Devaney, C. (2018)  Meitheal and Child and Family Support Networks Process and Outcomes Pilot Study: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

 Malone, P. and Canavan, J. (2018) Systems Change: Final Evaluation Report on Tusla’s Prevention, Partnership and Family Support Programme. UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

Rodriguez, L., Cassidy, A. and Devaney, C. (2018) Meitheal and Child and Family Support Networks Final Report: Tusla’s Programme for Prevention, Partnership and Family Support. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

Tierney, E., Kennan, D., Forkan, C., Brady, B. and Jackson, R. (2018) Children’s Participation Work Package Final Report: Tusla’s Programme for Prevention, Partnership and Family Support. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

 Crosse, R. and Devaney, C. (2018) Parenting Support and Parental Participation Work Package Final Report: Tusla’s Programme for Prevention, Partnership and Family Support. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

Shaw, A. and Canavan, J. (2018) Commissioning Work Package Final Report: Tusla’s Programme for Prevention, Partnership and Family Support. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

McGregor, C., Canavan J. and O’Connor, P. (2018) Public Awareness Work Package Final Report: Tusla’s Programme for Prevention, Partnership and Family Support. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

Rodriguez, L., Cassidy, A. and Devaney, C. (2018) Meitheal and Child and Family Support Networks Process and Outcomes Study. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

Cassidy, A., Rodriguez, L. and Devaney, C. (2018) A Retrospective Study of the Meitheal Model. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway.

 

Cassidy, A., Rodriguez, L., and Devaney, C. (2018) The Child and Family Support Networks Research Study. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

Crosse, R. and Devaney, C. (2018)Parental Participation: Overall Survey Findings. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

Crosse, R. and Devaney, C. (2018) Parenting Support and Parental Participation: Qualitative Interview Findings. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

Crosse, R. and Devaney, C. (2018) Report of Parental Participation Seed-Funded Projects: Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

Crosse, R. and Devaney, C. (2018) Second Report of the Parenting Support Champions Regional Learning Group. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

 Crosse, R. and Devaney, C. (2018) Tusla’s Parenting Support Champions Project: Process, Implementation and Outcome. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

Rodriguez L., Dolan, P. and Brady, B. (2018) Exploring the Impact of Mentoring Relationships in Adolescent Empathy: A Mixed Methods Approach. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

 

Chaskin, R.J., McGregor, C. and Brady, B. (2018) Supporting Youth Civic and Political Engagement: Supranational and National Policy Frameworks in Comparative Perspective. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

2017

 
 

 Parental Participation Survey Report

Crosse, R., Devaney, C. and Connolly, N. (2017) Parental Participation Survey Report. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway.

 

Parenting Support Champions Questionnaire Report

Crosse, R. and Devaney, C. (2017) Parenting Support Champions Questionnaire Report. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway.

 

Interim Report on the Meitheal Process and Outcomes Study

Rodriguez, L., Cassidy, A. and Devaney, C. (2017) Interim Report on the Meitheal Process and Outcomes Study. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway.

 

Outcomes for Permanence and Stability for Children in Long-term Care

Moran, L., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2017) The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, The National University of Ireland, Galway

 

The Evaluation of the Mol an Óige Common Sense Parenting Programme 2017

Reddy, J. and Canavan, J. (2017) The Evaluation of the Mol an Óige Common Sense Parenting Programme. UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI, Galway.

 

Shaw, A. and Canavan, J. (2017) Introducing Commissioning in Ireland: Establishing a Baseline. Galway: The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway.

Shaw. A, Canavan, J., (2016)  The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, the National University of Ireland, Galway.

 

McGreal, B. and Kennan, D.  (2017) The Perspectives of Educational Welfare Officers on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making, prior to the Implementation of the Programme for Prevention, Partnership and Family Support. Galway: The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway.

McGreal, B. Kennan, D,  (2016)  The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, the National University of Ireland, Galway.

 

Parenting Support and Parental Participation:  Mapping Parenting Support in the Irish Context

 Connolly, N., Devaney C., Crosse, R (2016) The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, the National University of Ireland, Galway.

2016

Commissioning in Ireland: Exploring the Landscape for Child and Family Services: A Literature Review

Shaw. A, Canavan, J., (2016)  The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, the National University of Ireland, Galway.

 

Meitheal and Child and Family Support Networks: Early Implementation of Meitheal and the Child and Family Support Networks: Lessons from the field

Cassidy, A., Devaney, C. and McGregor, C. (2016)  The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, the National University of Ireland, Galway

 

Exploring the Effectiveness of Structures and Procedures Intended to Support Children’s Participation in Child Welfare, Child Protection and Alternative Care Services: A Literature Review

Kennan, D., Brady. B., and Forkan, C. (2016) The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, the National University of Ireland, Galway

 

Public Awareness of Parenting, Prevention and Family Support Services: Population Survey Baseline Report 2016

McGregor, C., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2016). The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, the National University of Ireland, Galway

 

Parenting Support and Parental Participation:  Working with Families: A Review of the Literature on Parental Participation

Connolly, N., Devaney C., (2016) The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, the National University of Ireland, Galway 

 

Lone Parents and Activation, What Works and Why: A Review of the International Evidence in the Irish Context

Millar, M. and Crosse, R. (2016) . The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre , NUI Galway.

 

Scoping Review of International and Irish Literature on Outcomes for Permanence and Stability for Children in Care 

Moran, L., Devaney, C., McGregor, C. and Reddy, J. 2016

                           

‘Hoping for a Better Tomorrow’: A Process Study Evaluation of the Greater Tomorrow Crèche and Ballyhaunis Community Preschool Services, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. Galway

Moran, L., Garrity. S., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. 2016

 

Tusla Child and Family Agency: Research Needs Analysis

Dr Rosemary Crosse and Dr John Canavan, UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway 2016

 Policy Reports Archive