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EACEA National Policies Platform


1. Youth Policy Governance

Last update: 4 October 2023

Youth policy governance takes place at a national level in Ireland. The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) is the main government department responsible for youth policy in Ireland. The DCEDIY's Statement of Strategy (2021-2023) states that the department ‘will develop, implement and influence evidence informed policies and legislation that improve the outcomes for those we serve.’ 


The main youth policy in Ireland is the National Youth Strategy. The latest strategy ran from 2015-2020 and targeted children and young people aged 10-24 years. The aim of the National Youth Strategy is to enable all young people to realise their maximum potential, by respecting their rights and hearing their voices, while protecting and supporting them as they transition from childhood to adulthood. The National Youth Strategy has its basis in Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020, which is Ireland’s first National Policy Framework for children and young people aged 0-24 years.

A new national policy framework is in development. The framework will cover the period 2023-2028, and focus on how Government works to realise the rights of children and young people in Ireland. A Blueprint of the Policy Framework for Children and Young People sets out the approach the Department will take with the full policy framework.