1.5 Cross-sectoral approach with other ministries
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Youth policy is developed and implemented according to a cross-sectoral approach. Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The national policy framework for children and young people and the National Youth Strategy take a cross-government, cross-sectoral, whole-of-society approach to youth policy.
As part of a cross-sectoral approach to Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures- a high-level Children and Young People’s Policy Consortium was established in 2014.
This Consortium reports directly to the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy, which includes senior officials from government departments, agencies alongside representatives from advisory and local operational fora. The Policy Consortium is chaired by the Secretary General of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) with a deputy chair from the Department of the Prime Minister (Taoiseach).
The development of the National Youth Strategy was overseen by a cross-sectoral National Youth Strategy Task Group brought together by the DCEDIY. This Task Groups work was supported by Advisory Group convened by the National Youth Council of Ireland and comprising some 18 youth voluntary organizations.
€66.8 million in funding was available, from the Irish Exchequer, to support the provision of youth services nationwide in 2021. This was an increase from the €61.471 million in funding available in 2020.