Child and Youth Participation
Tusla invests in projects that children and young people have an active role in creating. As part of our PPFS programme all seed funding projects engage children and young people and listen to their ideas, opinions and what they want from a project/group to further improve Tusla’s participatory culture that empowers children and protects their rights. Projects to date include: youth leadership programmes, domestic violence, peer education programmes, children in care focus groups, support groups for birth children of foster parents, and the creation of a child-friendly website.
Recently, a group of teenagers in Mayo had an opportunity to attend a high-level meeting with UNESCO officials in Paris to discuss the results of their seed funding project. You can read media coverage of the visit here.
Young people around the country have spoken of the benefits of participating in our local child and youth projects:
More details on our current child and youth participation seed funding projects can be found here.