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The Inbetweeners: Identifying And Quantifying The Unmet Mental Health Needs Of Children And Adolescents In Tallaght

December 1, 2019

Youth mental health is significant issue nationally as well as within South County Dublin. There is aperception amongst both service providers and parents that many children and young people are beingexposed to increasingly complex stressors and that the range of influences on their wellbeing are agrowing challenge. Whether this is the case or not, we do know that services are under pressure to respondeffectively, quickly and appropriately.This Report is the result of strong inter-agency working, bringing together statutory services with the community and voluntary sector, engaging with hospitals and community based providers, andoffering an opportunity for a number of disciplines and services to share their collective wisdom andinsights to better understand local dynamics. 

Prisoners Returning Home: Prisoners and Family Reintegration

August 1, 2019

The document specifically recognises the "stigma and life disruption experienced by many children and young people on the imprisonment of a parent." This report also presents compelling evidence that imprisonment can have pernicious effects on the ability of individuals to parent confidently.

A Quality Framework For Achieving Outcomes

January 1, 2019

Quality Services, Better Outcomes provides a practical resource for front-line staff, service managers and organisationsthat are currently implementing or intend to implement evidence-informed programmes and services for children,families and communities. It offers a practical and user-friendly support to those committed to drawing on research,best practice and Irish experience to maximise their potential for supporting better outcomes.This second edition of Quality Services, Better Outcomes includes additional chapters that have been developed basedon our experiences in Tallaght West, Limerick, Dublin's inner city and many other communities. Everything in thisWorkbook has been informed by our work with schools, communities and a range of organisations that have a singlecommon denominator: all wanting to help children and families do better. Contexts change and new issues emerge,and so we need to be responsive, agile and flexible. We hope that you will use, adapt, learn from and add to thisdocument. It remains a work in progress!

Toolkit for Parental Engagement in Early Learning and Care Services

November 1, 2018

CDI's Toolkit for Parental Engagement in Early Learning and Care Services provides a practical resourcefor early learning and care practitioners, managers and organisations seeking to improve parentalengagement with a view to improving outcomes for children and families.

Doodle Families Manual

January 1, 2018

This Manual has been designed to support the delivery of the Doodle Families Programme. As well asproviding all the programme content, it details the "how and why" of the sessions, links the practice withtheory, outlines the steps necessary to complete each session and offers background information, tips andsupport to Facilitators in the delivery of the programme. Doodle Families is a Family Literacy Programme, designed to be delivered in two components – one forparents/guardians and the other is for children. Parents' sessions can be delivered during the school day andthe children's sessions are delivered after school.

Family Links Evaluation

February 21, 2017

This report represents an important move in direction for the Irish Prison Service, in line with its stated strategic objective of 'supporting the families of offenders in maintaining stable relationships by offering prisoners and their partners an opportunity to invest in the family unit.'

Restorative Connections: "From Parlour to Parliament," 25th & 26th May 2016 Conference Report

January 5, 2017

A lot has happened over the last decade in relation to restorative approaches in Ireland. A variety of settings, organisations and sectors are now familiar with this work, which is used both as a preventative measure and to tackle high-end offences. There is a growing body of research demonstrating its impact and an evolving group of champions. This report, and the conference which preceded it, is just one of the tangible outcomes of the continuing growth in this field and is one of the outputs of collaboration between two aligned structures.

Sharing Social Research Data in Ireland: A Practical Tool

September 19, 2016

Your data is valuable and has an importance outside your own original project. Allowing other researchers to reuse your data maximises the impact of your work, and benefits both the scholarly community and society in general. Sharing your data allows other researchers to use your material in ways you may not have thought of, or may not have been able to do within your research project. It allows other researchers to replicate your findings, to verify your results, test your instruments and compare with other studies. It also allows them to use your work to expand knowledge in important areas. It provides value for money by reducing duplication and advancing knowledge and also has a significant value in education, as it allows both graduate and under-graduate students to develop their skills in qualitative and quantitative research by using high-quality data in their studies, without having to conduct their own surveys.Archiving your data also guarantees its long-term preservation and accessibility. As many research teams are assembled only for individual projects, long-term preservation and access to research data collections can only be guaranteed if they are deposited in an archive which will manage them, ensure access and provide user-support. In addition, the archives will ensure that the datasets do not become obsolescent or corrupted.Finally, increasingly funders require that you make your research data available as a condition of their funding your research, so that other researchers can test your findings, and use your data to extend research in your area. Equally, publishers are also specifying access to research data as a condition for publication.

Evaluation of Effectiveness of the Childhood Development Initiative's Healthy Schools Programme

August 2, 2016

The Childhood Development Initiative's Healthy Schools Programme seeks to improve children's health and well-being, and to increase their access to primary care services. The Healthy Schools Programme is a manualised initiative based on the World Health Organization's model for a health-promoting school. In the short and medium term, the focus of the Healthy Schools Programme is on addressing processes (policy, procedures and practice) that will facilitate change, leading a more health-promoting school environment.The aim of this study was to evaluate the implementation of, and outcomes from, the Healthy Schools Programme. The objective was to present the impact findings of the evaluation at the end of Year 2 of implementation and to compare these findings with those observed at baseline. In addition, the evaluation examined the programme's implementation process over its duration to examine if and how it was rolled out in line with its aims and objectives.The process evaluation found that the Healthy Schools Programme was very ambitious. The timeframe for change to occur to the degree that was aspired to at the outset of the 3-year evaluation phase was short. The findings highlight some of the key challenges that occurred during the earlier stages of implementation and some of the key processes that were found to work well, i.e. processes that involved the schools and the Healthy Schools Programme interacting in ways that fostered health-promoting practices and health-promoting school environments. Together, these findings inform a pathway forward in the development of health-promoting schools and the role and function of a Healthy Schools Programme.

Chit Chat Implementation Guide: An Early Intervention Speech and Language Therapy Model

January 1, 2016

This Implementation Guide will give an introduction to implementation and the science or theory behind it, and will specifically describe the implementation of Chit Chat: CDI's Early Intervention Speech and Language Therapy Model. It will explain the steps necessary to set up and implement the model and what is required in terms of on-going support to ensure effective service delivery. There are of course various models of Speech and Language (S&L) service delivery, however, this document is based on CDI's approach and experience. CDI's Quality Services, Better Outcomes Workbook acts as a companion to this Guide, informing all stages in the process of ensuring quality service provision.The Guide is presented in six sections, with accompanying appendices, as follows:This Introduction provides an overview of the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) and Chit Chat and then goes on to discuss implementation, how to use this Guide and logic modeling.Section 1 provides an overview of Chit Chat. It goes on to outline the steps to be taken in exploring and preparing for the introduction of the service by discussing community readiness, he identification of key stakeholders, the development of promotional materials, and the partnership approach..Section 2 looks at what is involved in planning and resourcing Chit Chat, including the structures to support delivery; budget; identifying appropriate staff and completing the recruitment process; and putting in place the necessary resources.Section 3 is about implementing and operationalising the service. It discusses the delivery of the service along with monitoring and quality supports.Section 4 concerns 'business as usual' and discusses consolidation and what it ill take to ensure that the service is sustainable.Section 5 concludes the Guide with a list of things to consider to keep your model of S&L delivery running smoothly, and to maximise its' sustainability.

Listen up: Reflections on the CDI and HSE Speech and Language Services in Tallaght West

January 1, 2016

The primary aim of this study was to build on the previous evaluation of the Childhood Development's Initiatives (CDI) speech and language approach and carry out a comparative evaluation of speech and language therapy services for young children across the CDI and Health Services Executive (HSE) programmes. The main research questions are organised according to (i) implementation of the programme; (ii) uptake and accessibility; (iii) and outcomes.

Antenatal to Three Initiative (ATTI) Interim Evaluation Report

January 1, 2016

This document comprises the interim report of the evaluation of the Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative's (CDI) Antenatal To Three Initiative (ATTI). ATTI involves a collaborative process, engaging a variety of statutory and non-statutory partners in the Tallaght West area, all of whom are committed to strengthening interagency coordination with a view to improving outcomes for children and families in the antenatal to three age cohort.