The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD has launched the Centre for Youth Research and Development (CYRD) in NUI Maynooth, the first such Centre in an Irish university dedicated specifically to youth.
It will be concerned with the study of all aspects of youth in society - young people’s lives and lifestyles, behaviour and attitudes, creativity and expression, participation and engagement, issues and problems, diverse circumstances and identities - as well as the study of, and contribution to the development of, policies and services for young people (including youth work, youth justice, social care, education and health).
Minster Fitzgerald said it is the first research centre in an Irish university that is dedicated specifically to youth.
And she described it as “a very positive sign that attitudes towards young people are changing for the better and their voices are being heard”.
Located in the Department of Applied Social Studies and directed by Dr Maurice Devlin, the Centre for Youth Research and Development has already embarked on a number of projects including: an evaluation of the Football Association of Ireland’s FUTSAL project, aimed at promoting social inclusion in local communities through football and education hubs; an action research project in partnership with Kildare Youth Services exploring young people’s and youth workers’ experiences of involvement in youth work projects and services and the development of a Masters in European Youth Studies with funding from the EU Lifelong Learning Programme.
Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan noted that “throughout my term of Office I have learnt that while we cannot ever presume to represent children, there is a duty on all of us to support them in expressing their views. There are thousands of committed people working with children in Ireland and we need to ensure that their voices are also heard.”
The announcement was attended by Anastasia Crickley, Head of the Department of Applied Social Studies and Prof Philip Nolan, President, NUI Maynooth.
- Henry Bauress.