This report sets out the findings from a consultation with children and young people living in Direct Provision that was carried out by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in compliance with Ireland’s commitments to include children’s views in decisions that affect them, as set out in the new National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making (2015).
This report aimed to document and analyse the process and findings of the consultations with children and young people living in Direct Provision. The report comprises a short introduction outlining the background to the project and the role of DCYA and the RIA; a context for the consultation in terms of the literature on the Direct Provision system and on children and young people’s participation in decision-making; an account of the rationale for the involvement of children and young people, including an analysis of the methodologies used in recruitment and in the consultations; findings from the consultations, both individually and from the entire process; and a summary and key messages for policy makers. In collaboration with a group of participants, a child and youth friendly version of the report will be developed to be made available in a range of formats that are accessible to a wide audience.
Source: UCC Child Law Clinic