Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Seed Funding Initiatives

Seed Funding refers to a relatively small amount of money that is used to help bring young people’s ideas to life through participatory practice. Tusla has been assisting areas in exploring and developing children and young people’s participatory practice initiatives since 2016.

From 2016 - 2018, Tusla, with the support of Atlantic Philanthropies, made seed funding available to develop child and youth participation initiatives nationally. Applications were welcomed from young people working with Tusla staff, funded agencies, and community partners. The main criteria were, that the ideas came from young people, that the application was aligned to the National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making (DCYA, 2015) and that the initiative fit with the principles of Lundy’s Model of Participation.

Under the Prevention, Partnership and Family Support (PPFS) service, Tusla continues to provide seed funding for participation initiatives. Tusla’s Child and Youth Participation Strategy 2019-2023 and the Lundy Model of Participation (2007) are recommended for reference when completing the applications. Since seed funding was made available there have been many amazing initiatives carried out nationally that promote participation at all levels of service provision.

A huge well done to all young people and staff who continue to develop their participatory practice!

The documents below list all the initiatives that have utilised the funding.

Tusla Child and Youth Participation Initiatives 2023


If you wish to receive further information on any of these initiatives, please contact your local Participation Officer.


Participation Officers:
DML cathal.smyth@tusla.ie DNE davidj.obrien@tusla.ie
South claire.redmond1@tusla.ie  FORA estelle.duffy@tusla.ie
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