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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


1. Youth Policy Governance

1.5 Cross-sectoral approach with other ministries

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  1. Mechanisms and actors

Mechanisms and actors

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 and agencies and 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 Group’s work is supported by an Advisory Group convened by the National Youth Council of Ireland and comprising some 18 voluntary youth organisations.


€61.791 million in funding was available from the Irish exchequer to support the provision of youth services nationwide in 2020. Of this, €2.1 million was available for the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme in 2020. This scheme has been consistently increased in recent years, with €2 million in 2019 (a 12% increase from 2018) and €1.79 million in 2018 (13% increase from 2017).


In 2017 DCEDIY announced the local youth club equipment scheme, under which €6.35 million was made available to volunteer-led clubs and groups that worked with young people in communities throughout the country. The scheme was designed to support youth work activities at a local level, with priority given to clubs/groups catering for young people aged 10- to 21-years. The scheme enabled these volunteer-led clubs to purchase equipment for sports, arts, adventure and other much needed items. The fund is advertised and administered by the Education and Training Boards.