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2. teenspace NationalRecreation Policyfor Young People Summary Office of the Minister for Children September 2007
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4. iiiForewordIt is a great pleasure for me to launch the National Recreation Policy for Young People,aged between 12 and 18 years. The National Children’s Strategy, Our Children — TheirLives, published in 2000, identified the need for more opportunities for community-based play, leisure and cultural activities. This was high on the list of issues raised bychildren themselves in the consultation process for the strategy.The first part of the Government’s response to this need was the creation of the NationalPlay Policy, Ready, Steady, Play!, published in March 2004. Aimed primarily at childrenunder the age of 12, its purpose was to create better play opportunities for youngchildren. It also greatly improved our understanding of the importance and relevance ofplay for children. The work done by local authorities on the development of playgrounds,together with the promotion of play by the National Play Resource Centre, have both hada visible impact on the opportunities for play for younger children.The National Recreation Policy represents the second stage in the fulfillment of the call,identified in the National Children’s Strategy, for more play and recreational opportunitiesfor young people. Called Teenspace, this policy is aimed at young people between theages of 12 and 18, and provides a strategic framework for the promotion of betterrecreational opportunities for that age group. Extensive consultation has shown thatthe lack of recreational opportunities continues to be a major concern for young peoplethroughout the country, while the research undertaken for the development of the policyhas helped us to understand a lot more about what constitutes ‘recreation’ for youngpeople today. This ranges from simply ‘hanging out’ with friends, to more casual activities,such as skateboarding or surfing the Net, to more formal structured activities, such asorganised sports or music groups. The policy highlights the requirement for multi-agencysupport and input in order to meet the kinds of needs described by young people.The National Recreation Policy has been developed with input from various Governmentdepartments and agencies, all of which will have a crucial role to play in the delivery ofthe policy. It joins up and identifies the ways in which to strengthen action in improvingopportunities and promoting youth-friendly and youth-safe environments, all underpinnedby the voice of young people in designing and implementing local recreation policies andplans. Most importantly, the policy stresses and supports the view that young peoplehave the desire and the potential to be active participants in the local community and insociety generally. They want to be part of what’s happening and to have their views andways of enjoying themselves considered a positive aspect of community life.Very much in keeping with the new Programme for Government, I believe that thispolicy represents a great opportunity to support and strengthen young people and theircommunities, engendering mutual respect and enriching young people’s experiences ofgrowing up. Brendan Smith, TD Minister for Children September 2007
5. ContentsForeword iiiAcknowledgements viVision of National Recreation Policy vii1 The context for developing a recreation policy for young people 12 Barriers and motivators to participation in recreation 53 Principles and objectives underpinning the National Recreation Policy 94 Implementation of the National Recreation Policy 135 Implementation Action Plan 17
6. vi Acknowledgements Message from Sylda Langford Director General, Office of the Minister for Children I know that young people have been keenly awaiting the publication of the National Recreation Policy and I would like to thank several people who have been instrumental in bringing the policy document to fruition. First and foremost, I would like to explicitly acknowledge the wonderful support and enthusiastic cooperation received from the young people, aged 12 to 18, who actively participated in the research and the public consultation, supported by their parents and teachers. We are also greatly indebted to Dr. Áine de Róiste and Ms. Joan Dinneen, Department of Social and General Studies, Cork Institute of Technology, who conducted and facilitated the research, and to Ms. Sandra Roe who compiled the report on the public consultation on behalf of the Office of the Minister for Children. Their reports provided valuable information on a range of issues relating to young people and contributed significantly to the development of the policy. Finally, I would like to record our deep appreciation to the Steering Group, chaired by Ms. Mary Golden, Office of the Minister for Children, and comprising representatives of those Government departments and agencies involved in the provision of services and programmes for young people, who had responsibility for overseeing the development of the policy.
7. viivision An Ireland where the importance of recreation is recognised so that young people experience a range of quality recreational opportunities to enrich their lives and promote physical, cultural, mental and social well-being.
8. ingTh e context for develop r a recreation policy fo young people
9. The absence of leisure and recreation facilities and activities for children and young people was the most pressing issue raised during the public consultation undertaken to inform the development of the National Children’s Strategy. Accordingly, the National Children’s Strategy, published in November 2000, included a commitment to the development of a national play and recreation policy to enrich the lives of children and provide them with experiences and competencies that will serve them well in later life. The National Play Policy, Ready, Steady, Play!, was published by the Government in 2004 and focused principally on young people of primary school age. The needs of young people, aged between 12 and 18, are now being addressed through the National Recreation Policy. The Ten-Year Framework Social Partnership Agreement 2006-2015, Towards 2016, recognises the importance of recreation, sport and physical activity for the balanced and healthy development of children. It considers that the publication of the National Recreation Policy, together with the National Play Policy already in place, will provide a framework to address the availability of amenities for younger children and youth-friendly and safe facilities for older children and young people. The overall objective of this National Recreation Policy is to provide appropriate, publicly funded recreational opportunities for young people between the ages of 12 and 18. The policy also aims to provide strategic direction to Government departments, local authorities, City and County Development Boards, the youth sector, the community and voluntary sectors, and other interested parties to develop recreational opportunities for young people in an informed and appropriate manner. For the purpose of the National Recreation Policy, recreation is defined as ‘comprising all positive activities in which a person may choose to take part that will make his or her leisure time more interesting, more enjoyable and personally satisfying’. This policy aims to encompass both organised activities for young people as well as the more casual activities that young people engage in during their free time. Importance of recreation in young people’s lives What young people do in their free time is a very important part of growing up. Adolescence is a formative transitional period from childhood to adulthood, a time when young people form their identity and undergo major adjustments to changes within themselves and in society as altered expectations are placed on them. How young people spend their free time has a major impact on their development, socialisation and future life. The World Health Organization emphasises the importance of leisure-time activities. It sees participation in varied forms of activity as giving young people opportunities for self-expression, feelings of autonomy and achievement. These positive effects can also help to counteract risks and harm caused by demanding, competitive, stressful and sedentary lifestyles. Involvement in activities such as sport, arts, music and hobbies can foster the adoption of other healthy behaviour, including the avoidance of tobacco, alcohol, drugs and aggression. Irish teenagers are growing up in a period of rapid social change and in an increasingly culturally diverse environment. They are engaged in a wide range of leisure and recreational activities, ranging from the use of new technology to more traditional activities such as sport and looking after pets, as well as more risky activities such as drinking and drug-taking.
10. While there has been substantial investment in recreational facilities in recent years, this is not meetingthe needs of all young people, particularly those who do not participate in sport. This National RecreationPolicy seeks to address this and other issues, and looks at the contribution that young people themselvescan make to developing their own recreational opportunities and as active citizens in their own right.Developing the policyThe development of the National Recreation Policy for Young People has been underpinned by the conceptof the ‘whole child perspective’. This facilitates an approach to children’s lives that is holistic, child-centredand integrated. In addition, it takes account of the fact that children themselves have the capacity to shapetheir own lives and the lives of those around them, while at the same time being shaped by the formal andinformal context within which they live. The whole child perspective is underpinned by an assumption thatchildren and young people are active participants in their own lives and that they are entitled to a voice inmatters that affect them. This is reflected in the objectives set out in this policy.The National Recreation Policy was drawn up by a Steering Group, chaired by the Office of the Ministerfor Children and comprising representatives from the key Government departments and agencies involvedin the provision of services and programmes for young people. The policy adopts an evidence-basedapproach and makes proposals to address issues that emerged from: • public consultation process, which was undertaken to give all interested parties, including young a people, a chance to have a say in the development of the policy; • findings of independent research, commissioned by the Office of the Minister for Children, to the measure the recreational and leisure activities of young Irish people and, in particular, to examine what they do in their free time, the barriers and supports experienced in accessing recreational opportunities and their aspirations in regard to leisure and recreation.
11. torsBarriers and motiva to participation in recreation
12. There are a number of barriers and motivators that can either hinder or encourage participation in recreational activities among young people. The research carried out for this policy found that: • Young people do what they do because they enjoy it, because they want to have fun and because they choose to do what is important to them. In general, there was a high level of intrinsic motivation among the young people surveyed. • Young people appear to be well supported with regard to leisure, particularly in the early teenage years. Parental support, and to a lesser extent familial support, is high. This is supported by other research, which has highlighted the importance of the family, and the father in particular, for involvement in leisure. • Less than half of the young people surveyed prefer activities where there is an instructor or a leader. This finding is significant, particularly in relation to some activities where ‘not liking the leader’ was a significant reason for dropping out of the activity. From the public consultation, the most frequently reported barriers to participation in recreation for young people were structural barriers. These included lack of recreational facilities and activities, money, transport, time, gender, lack of volunteers to act as leaders and coaches, lack of information on recreation, insufficient physical education in schools and the weather. Figures 1 and 2 illustrate the main findings from the public consultation in relation to barriers and motivators to participation in recreation. Figure 1: Barriers to participation Lack of facilities/activities 19% 24% Money Transport 2% Time 4% Gender 4% 23% Lack of interest/laziness 8% Friends/peers Other 16%
13. Figure 2: Motivators to participation 7% Friends 3% 28% Enjoyment 5% Keep fit 9% Parents/family Teachers/coaches 11% Celebrities PE classes Other 15% 22%Particular issues arise for young people with additional needs. Structural barriers are the main constraints onleisure experienced by young people from minority groups, such as young people with sensory impairmentsand physical disabilities, as well as young people from the Traveller community and early school-leavers.
14. tivesPrinciples and objec underpinning the PolicyNational Recreation
15. 10 Six guiding principles underpin the National Recreation Policy. These are: • entred on young people: The best interests of young people should be a primary consideration in C planning publicly funded recreational opportunities. Young people should be active participants in planning and implementing programmes and facilities, having regard to their age and experience. • amily- and community-oriented: Publicly funded programmes and access to recreational F facilities should be established in a manner that supports and empowers families and communities. Equitable: All young people should have equality of opportunity and access to publicly funded • recreation. A key element should be to target investment at communities most in need. • nclusive: The diversity of young people’s experiences, cultures, lifestyles and levels of ability should I be recognised in the design and implementation of recreation programmes and facilities. • ction-oriented: Publicly funded recreation programmes and facilities should be focused on A achieving specified results to agreed standards in a targeted and cost-effective manner. Integrated: Recreational facilities and programmes should be delivered in a coordinated manner • through integrated needs analysis and policy-planning. Objectives Seven objectives have been set out for the National Recreation Policy: 1. ive young people a voice in the design, implementation and monitoring of recreation policies and G facilities (see Chapter 4 in main Policy document). 2. romote organised activities for young people and examine ways to motivate them to be involved P (see Chapter 5). 3. nsure that the recreational needs of young people are met through the development of youth- E friendly and safe environments (see Chapter 6). 4. aximise the range of recreational opportunities available for young people who are marginalised, M disadvantaged or who have a disability (see Chapter 7). 5. Promote relevant qualifications/standards in the provision of recreational activities (see Chapter 8). 6. evelop a partnership approach in developing and funding recreational opportunities across the D statutory, community and voluntary sectors (see Chapter 9). 7. mprove information on, evaluation and monitoring of recreational provision for young people in I Ireland (see Chapter 10).
17. tionalIm plementation of Na Recreation Policy
18. 14 Individual Government departments, as key funding and delivery bodies at national and local level, will continue to retain responsibility for the implementation of measures that fall within the remit of their operational areas. A range of mechanisms will be put in place in order to review the roll-out, implementation and impact of the National Recreation Policy on young people. These include: Monitoring at national level A National Implementation Group — chaired by the Office of the Minister for Children and comprising representatives of key Government departments, the Health Service Executive, representatives of local authorities, the education sector and other key agencies as required — will drive forward and oversee the implementation of the National Recreation Policy and other policies for children and young people. Cabinet Committee on Social Inclusion and Children A review of progress on the implementation of the National Recreation Policy will be considered by the Cabinet Committee on Social Inclusion and Children, chaired by the Taoiseach and comprising relevant Government Ministers, including the Minister for Children. Local implementation Improved recreational opportunities for young people at local level will be an important factor in determining the success of the National Recreation Policy. Each City and County Development Board will be required, on an annual basis, to review progress on the implementation of the policy at local level. This will be carried out in the context of the preparation of a local interagency recreation strategy by the Children’s Committee within each City and County Development Board (which Committee is provided for in Towards 2016) that will involve the identification of key actions and priorities for implementation and delivery at local level. Performance indicators The National Set of Child Well-being Indicators, developed by the Office of the Minister for Children under the National Children’s Strategy, will form a basis for measuring performance in achieving the objectives set out in the National Recreation Policy. National Longitudinal Study of Children The first phase of the National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland commenced in 2006. An important component of this longitudinal study will be the extent to which children are involved in their communities and also the recreational opportunities afforded to them through their local community/neighbourhood. This will provide important information for policy-makers and will enable developments over time to be evaluated.
19. 15Cost implications of the policyThe key aspects of the policy with cost implications are: • provision of facilities; • giving young people a voice in the design, implementation and monitoring of recreation policies and facilities; • child-/youth-friendly environments; • innovative arts work and physical activity programmes involving young people; • targeted investment for young people with additional needs.Strategic directionThis policy is not just about additional expenditure. It also aims to provide strategic direction to Governmentdepartments, local authorities, City and County Development Boards, the youth sector, the communityand voluntary sectors, and other interested parties to develop recreational opportunities for young peoplein an informed and appropriate manner within existing funding lines.
20. Implementation Action Plan
21. 18 OBJECTIVE 1: Give young people a voice in the design, implementation and monitoring of recreation policies and facilities No. Action Responsibility Target date 1 A condition of funding for projects/ Funding/Lead 2007 and programmes arising as a result of the National department ongoing Recreation Policy will be that young people will be consulted and actively involved in the design, planning and, where appropriate, management of facilities and programmes. Young people will also be involved in the post- evaluation of recreation programmes. 2 Consultations undertaken in relation to the Funding/Lead 2007 and provision of recreational facilities will include department ongoing young people. This would include facilities where they are one of the user groups, as well as where the facility is designed specifically for them. 3 Guidelines and criteria for the active Department of 2008 participation of young people in all aspects of Education and youth work provision (including governance) Science will be developed as recommended under the National Youth Work Development Plan. These will be phased in as part of the requirements for statutory funding of youth work organisations and initiatives. 4 While recognising that the Youth Work Act Department of 2008 2001 provides for the inclusion of young Education and people under the age of 25 on Voluntary Science Youth Councils, special efforts will be made to include young people under 18, where practicable, on the councils. 5 The Office of the Minister for Children Office of the 2007 and will advise public bodies and monitor Minister for ongoing the implementation of the participation Children guidelines, Young Voices. 6 Arising from the review of the Comhairle Office of the 2007 na nÓg structure, the Comhairle na nÓg Minister for Implementation Group, established by the Children Office of the Minister for Children, will make recommendations to ensure the development of effective Comhairle na nÓg under each City and County Development Board.
22. 19 Objective 1 (continued) 7 Local authorities will utilise the Comhairle Local authorities 2007 and na nÓg structure to inform relevant City and ongoing County Strategies/Plans, particularly in relation to recreational facilities and community and amenity programmes. 8 Local authorities will encourage young people Local authorities 2007 and to participate on relevant sub-committees and ongoing through the Community and Voluntary Forums to avail of opportunities to become members of Strategic Policy Committees, particularly those addressing community, recreation and amenity issues. 9 Local authorities will maximise the use of Local authorities 2007 and existing mechanisms to provide for young ongoing people’s involvement in Estate Management Committees.OBJECTIVE 2: Promote organised activities for young people and examine ways tomotivate them to be involved No. Action Responsibility Target date 10 Further resources will be provided to progress Department of 2007 – 2009 implementation of the National Youth Work Education and Development Plan 2003-2007 and the Youth Science Work Act 2001 on a phased and prioritised basis. 11 Management authorities of second-level Department of 2007 and schools will be encouraged to include Education and ongoing youth volunteering in their Transition Year Science programmes. 12 The Task Force on Active Citizenship will advise Task Force on 2007 on measures to promote voluntary activity Active among young people and on mechanisms for Citizenship maintaining and increasing the numbers of adult volunteers. 13 The Arts Council will promote a local Arts Council 2007 and partnership approach with local authorities, ongoing the youth work sector and other relevant Local authorities agencies to further develop arts provision and opportunities for young people.
23. 20 Objective 2 (continued) 14 Local authorities will examine the feasibility Local authorities 2007 and of using funding available to upgrade existing ongoing facilities to provide band practice rooms for Office of the young people. The Office of the Minister for Minister for Children will also raise with the Department Children of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the Department of feasibility of using Dormant Accounts funding Community, for this purpose. Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs 15 Public authorities engaged in large-scale public Department of 2007 infrastructural projects will be advised that Arts, Sport and a proportion of the Per Cent for Art Scheme Tourism should be allocated specifically to innovative projects involving young people. 16 The Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism, Department of 2007 in conjunction with the National Cultural Arts, Sport and Institutions, will undertake research on how Tourism best to improve young people’s access to the cultural institutions. National Cultural Institutions 17 Local authorities, through Comhairle na nÓg, Local authorities 2007 and will involve young people in local authority ongoing arts and cultural provision. 18 The Arts Council, through Local Arts Officers, Arts Council 2007 and will work with the Irish Sports Council through ongoing Local Sports Partnerships and VEC-funded Irish Sports Sports Committees to provide improved Council opportunities for youth dance. 19 Local Sports Partnerships will develop Irish Sports 2007 and programmes to increase participation in Council ongoing physical activity, promote lifelong involvement and address key issues such as gender bias. Local Sports Partnerships 20 The Irish Sports Council will include in its Irish Sports 2007 Strategy on Lifelong Involvement a greater Council emphasis on recreational sport and non- traditional activities in order to promote physical activity.
24. 21OBJECTIVE 3: Ensure that the recreational needs of young people are met through thedevelopment of youth-friendly and safe environments No. Action Responsibility Target date 21 Existing facilities should include a space Local authorities 2007 and dedicated to young people where they can ongoing meet their friends in a safe environment. A Libraries dedicated space should also be included as Department of part of the design of new community facilities, Community, including libraries, and facilities funded under Rural and the Young People’s Facilities and Services Fund. Gaeltacht Affairs Health and other relevant information, as well as education on a range of relevant topics, Department of should be available to young people in these Social and Family settings. Affairs 22 Resources permitting and following a local Lead department 2007 and needs assessment, dedicated youth cafés ongoing should be provided on a phased basis, particularly in areas where there are high concentrations of young people between the ages of 12-18. These youth cafés/drop-in centres should be introduced in consultation with young people. 23 A formal partnership should be entered into Department of 2007 and with other relevant State agencies to provide Social and Family ongoing health and other relevant services/information Affairs (through in these settings. the Family Support Agency) Department of Education and Science Health Service Executive 24 An Chomhairle Leabharlanna, in association An Chomhairle 2007 with the library authorities and the Office of Leabharlanna the Minister for Children, will investigate ways in which to develop services in public libraries Office of the in partnership with young people. Minister for Children 25 There should be appropriate community Local authorities 2007 and involvement, including the use of mechanisms ongoing such as ‘Planning for Real’, in the provision of outdoor facilities for young people.
25. 22 Objective 3 (continued) 26 Joint Policing Committees will consider the Department of 2007 and participation of young people in local policing Justice, Equality ongoing forums, when established. and Law Reform Garda Síochána 27 Young people will be active participants in Local authorities 2007 and regeneration projects, particularly in the ongoing design, use and care of public spaces. 28 The Office of the Minister for Children will Office of the 2007 work with Dublin City Council and other Minister for relevant agencies to develop a youth-proofing Children model to facilitate local authorities in ensuring that young people are involved in their plans, Dublin City policies and programmes. Council 29 Adopting a ‘Home Zone’ approach will be Local authorities 2007 and examined in planning new developments. ongoing 30 The Residential Density Guidelines, to Department 2007 be introduced by the Department of the of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Environment, will refer specifically to the need to identify at Heritage an early stage the preferred location of quality and Local open spaces, as well as other recreational Government facilities, and provide for more casual spaces suitable for smaller children’s play. 31 Local authorities and RAPID will consider the Local authorities 2007 and provision of additional multi-use games areas. ongoing Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs 32 Joint Policing Committees, to be established Department of 2007 and under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, will Justice, Equality ongoing examine the potential for the provision of and Law Reform youth shelters. 33 Local authorities will review the operation of Local authorities 2007 and the pilot skateboard park scheme, introduced ongoing by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, with a view to identifying potential opportunities for the provision of more facilities based on the recreational needs of young people in their areas.
26. 23OBJECTIVE 4: Maximise the range of recreational opportunities available for youngpeople who are marginalised, disadvantaged or who have a disability No. Action Responsibility Target date 34 The National Spatial Strategy, the National Lead 2007 and Rural Development Programme and departments ongoing expenditure under the National Development Plan will have regard to the provision of social and community infrastructure, such as parks, sporting and cultural facilities, that will meet the needs of young people. 35 The development of the Sports Facilities Department of 2007 and Strategy should take account of key issues Arts, Sport and ongoing affecting young people in rural areas and Tourism their ability to access facilities. 36 The mainstreamed Rural Transport Initiative Department of 2007 and should specifically address the needs of Transport ongoing young people in rural areas to access recreational facilities locally. 37 The Department of the Environment, Department of 2007 and Heritage and Local Government, through the Environment, ongoing the local authorities and the Department of Heritage Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, will and Local examine the feasibility of providing more Government mobile facilities in rural areas. Local authorities Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs 38 The Department of the Environment, Department 2007 and Heritage and Local Government, through of the ongoing the Public Library Service, will examine Environment, the feasibility of expanding rural library Heritage initiatives for young people in rural areas. and Local Government An Chomhairle Leabharlanna
27. 24 Objective 4 (continued) 39 Local development programmes such as Department of 2007 and RAPID and CLÁR, as well as Measure C of Community, ongoing the Local Development Social Inclusion Rural and Programme and LEADER, will identify the Gaeltacht Affairs potential for actively supporting improved recreation provision for young people within disadvantaged communities, including activities during the summer holidays (in circumstances where they are not already being provided by the local authorities). 40 Young people at risk should be consulted and Department of 2007 and actively involved in projects and programmes Education and ongoing designed for them. Science Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Garda Síochána 41 Further research to be carried out on how to Department of 2007 – 2008 motivate young people at risk to engage in Education and positive leisure activities. Science Office of the Minister for Children 42 The Office of the Minister for Children will Office of the 2007 and raise with the Department of Community, Minister for ongoing Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the feasibility of Children using Dormant Accounts funding to provide support for activities that have a traditional Department of appeal to youth in disadvantaged areas or Community, at risk. Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs 43 The Garda Juvenile Diversion Programme will Garda Síochána 2007 be expanded to 100 projects in 2007. 44 Boards of Management should be encouraged Department of 2007 to make teenagers from ethnic minorities Education and aware of after-school activities and facilitate Science young people to participate in them. 45 The Libraries and Cultural Diversity Project An Chomhairle 2007 Team will make recommendations on the Leabharlanna development of library services for the multicultural society in Ireland.
28. 25 Objective 4 (continued)46 The National Consultative Council on Racism National 2007 and and Interculturalism will look specifically Consultative ongoing at the needs of young people from ethnic Council on minority groups and how these can best be Racism and met by existing providers. Interculturalism47 The National Youth Council of Ireland, with National Youth 2007 and the support of the Department of Education Council of ongoing and Science, will take the lead in the Ireland development of an Intercultural Strategy for the youth work sector. Department of Education and Science48 Further research should be undertaken with Department of 2007 young Travellers to determine the extent Justice, Equality of discrimination against them when they and Law Reform attempt to engage in mainstream recreation. Issues emerging from the research will be National addressed in the National Action Plan against Consultative Racism. Council on Racism and Interculturalism49 The Department of Education and Science, Department of 2007 and through the youth work sector, will continue Education and ongoing to provide financial assistance to recreational Science and development projects for young Travellers, including girls.50 The Office of the Minister for Children will Office of the 2007 include young Travellers in its Children and Minister for Young People’s Forum, established to advise Children the Minister on the implementation of the National Children’s Strategy.51 Hospitals in which adolescent patients are Health Service 2007 and treated will work towards providing an Executive ongoing environment that is suitable and adaptable to their recreational needs.52 The implementation of Article 7 of the Department of 2007 and Charter for Children in Hospital will be Health and ongoing specifically addressed in the development of Children the new Children’s Hospital (Department of Health and Children/HSE) and in its ultimate Health Service operation (HSE). Executive
29. 26 Objective 4 (continued) 53 City and County Development Boards should City and County 2007 and pay particular attention to recruiting young Development ongoing people with disabilities to Comhairle na nÓg. Boards 54 Strategies developed for young people’s Office of the 2007 recreation locally should specifically address Minister for issues relating to the involvement of young Children people with disabilities in mainstream recreation. National Youth Council of Ireland 55 Sectoral plans will be implemented by Relevant 2007 and the relevant Government departments to Government ongoing implement Part 3 of the Disability Act 2005, departments dealing with access to buildings and services. 56 The Department of Education and Science Department of 2007 and should highlight the value of projects Education and ongoing such as “Sport for All” in ensuring that PE Science programmes in schools are planned and implemented to include students with disabilities. OBJECTIVE 5: Promote relevant qualifications/standards in the provision of recreational activities No. Action Responsibility Target date 57 The Health Service Executive will provide a web Health Service 2007 page on its website designed for young people, Executive parents and the community and voluntary sectors with information on child protection Office of the and the requirements of the Children First Minister for guidelines. A link to this will be provided by Children the Office of the Minister for Children and the National Play National Play Resource Centre. Resource Centre 58 The obstacles to the vetting of people having Department of 2007 and substantial, unsupervised access to young Justice, Equality ongoing people in recreational settings will be removed and Law Reform by the ongoing phased implementation of the Report of the Working Group on Garda Vetting. 59 The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Department of 2007/2008 Reform will continue to explore proposals Justice, Equality for legislation to regularise criminal history and Law Reform vetting.
30. 27 Objective 5 (continued) 60 The Department of Transport will put in Department of 2007 place the Adventure Activities Standards Transport Authority, or assign the functions to another appropriate body, to regulate adventure activities. 61 Related to the issue of drop-out from Department of 2007 and activities, publicly funded organisations Education and ongoing working with young people in the youth Science work sector, the sports sector and the arts sector will continue to make arrangements to Department of ensure that both staff and volunteers receive Arts, Sport and appropriate training in working with young Tourism people in recreational settings. 62 Youth organisations will be encouraged Office of the 2007 to ensure that contracts for staff working Minister for with young people reflect any out-of-hours Children requirements of the job.OBJECTIVE 6: Develop a partnership approach in developing and funding recreationalopportunities across the statutory, community and voluntary sectors No. Action Responsibility Target date 63 At central government level, appropriate Department of 2007 and interdepartmental/interagency groups Arts, Sport and ongoing should be established where key decisions Tourism are taken affecting the provision of facilities Department of and programmes. Such groups should be Community, informed by information/representation at Rural and local government level to ensure that gaps in Gaeltacht Affairs service provision and the needs of the area are taken into account. Local authorities Vocational Education Committees 64 Each City and County Development Board City and County 2008 and should lead on the preparation of an Development ongoing interagency recreation strategy for young Boards people in their area. This should be advanced by the multi-agency Children’s Services Relevant Committee (as provided for in Towards 2016) agencies where this committee is in place.
31. 28 Objective 6 (continued) 65 Local authorities, under the City and County Local authorities 2007 and Development Board process, will facilitate ongoing a network of Sports Officers, Arts Officers and representatives from Local Sports Partnerships, as well as representatives from the youth work sector, to exchange information and best practice. 66 The Office of the Minister for Children, Office of the 2008 through the National Play Resource Centre, Minister for will develop a resource pack for local Children communities (including young people) to enable them to assess the recreational needs National Play of young people in their area and how to Resource Centre access existing provision. 67 The Office of the Minister for Children will Office of the 2008 and pursue the potential of corporate community Minister for ongoing involvement at a national level to expand Children recreational opportunities for young people. Corporate sector 68 Government departments and agencies at Government 2007 and local level (including local authorities) will departments ongoing consider the opportunities available to them under existing funding lines to provide Agencies recreation programmes and facilities for young people. Local authorities 69 The Office of the Minister for Children will Office of the 2007 and work with relevant Government departments Minister for ongoing to examine their spending programmes with Children a view to the adoption of a more integrated Departments of strategic approach to meeting prioritised Arts, Sport and needs at a level consistent with the National Tourism; Recreation Policy. Environment, Heritage and Local Government; Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs; and Education and Science
32. 9 Objective 6 (continued) 70 The Department of Education and Science Department of 2007 and will continue to explore the scope of Education and ongoing making existing school buildings available Science to the community outside of school hours. Mechanisms should be put in place to ensure that shared school and community facilities or new school campuses are made available to the community. 71 The operators and managers of locally based Relevant 2007 and community facilities should be encouraged Government ongoing to make their premises available for use by departments young people. and agenciesOBJECTIVE 7: Improve information on, evaluation and monitoring of recreationalprovision for young people in Ireland No. Action Responsibility Target date 72 The Office of the Minister for Children, in Office of the 2007 and consultation with Coiste na dTeachtaí, will Minister for ongoing develop a website to provide information to Children young people on facilities and activities in their localities. Coiste na dTeachtaí 73 The National Play Resource Centre will National Play 2007 and disseminate information about facilities and Resource Centre ongoing activities for young people on its website. 74 Vocational Education Committee websites Vocational 2007 and should include information on the range of Education ongoing facilities that are available for young people Committees under work programmes at local level. Links to these websites will be displayed by the National Youth National Youth Council of Ireland on its Council of national website. Ireland 75 Websites of local authorities, the Library Local authorities 2007 and Service and Local Sports Partnerships will ongoing Library Service provide information at local level on the range of amenities and facilities available. Local Sports Partnerships 76 The Health Service Executive will provide Health Service 2007 and information on the facilities and programmes Executive ongoing provided for young people on its national website, with appropriate links to its local offices.
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