Child and Youth Participation Strategy
The Child and Youth Participation Strategy is Tusla’s first participation strategy, spanning the period 2019-2023. It sets out how Tusla plans to support, nurture and celebrate a culture of participatory practice in both Tusla and Tusla-funded services.
Tusla engaged and consulted with a wide range of stakeholders, in order to better understand the challenges and requirements involved in further embedding participatory practices. A consultation process involving over 300 Tusla staff, funded agencies and young people nationally occurred. A number of key themes emerged and these have helped to shape the development of this strategy.
Tusla’s Child and Youth Participation Strategy is relevant to all Tusla staff, as well as the organisations and practitioners funded by Tusla to provide services to children, young people and their families. It is also relevant to other partners, both statutory and non-statutory, who are not directly funded by Tusla but have a central role in assisting the organisation to achieve positive outcomes for children, young people and their families. Most importantly, this strategy is relevant to children and young people who are engaged in Tusla services and their parents/carers. It demonstrates to them our commitment to include their views and opinions.