Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Seed Funding Initiatives

Tusla has been assisting areas in exploring and developing children and young people’s participatory practice initiatives since 2016. From 2016 to 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.

Tusla Child and Youth Participation Initiatives 2022

Parental Participation Initiatives 2022 

Under the Prevention, Partnership and Family Support (PPFS) service, Tusla has continued to provide seed funding for participation initiatives. Currently there is €13,000 available per area for child and youth participation initiatives, and €13,000 per area available for parental participation initiatives. Services can submit one or a number of proposals endorsed by the relevant area manager. 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. The documents below list all the initiatives that have utilised the funding.

We commend the staff and young people involved for their exceptional talent and perseverance.

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
WEBSITE BY CREATIVE INC & Kooba Web Design Dublin