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What Works - Sharing knowloedge Improving Children's Futures

Launch of e-learning course for parents and reports on parenting in Ireland

updated 9 June 2021

Minister O’Gorman announces new funding schemes worth €800,000 as part of What Works Initiative
updated 9 April 2021

Prevention & Early Intervention -Online Festival of Learning -November 3-11

updated 9 October 2020

Information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Supporting Children

updated 18 September 2020

COVID-19 measures are affecting all our lives. In challenging times, we continue to support vulnerable children, young people, and their families.

Here you will find information about services for children, young people and families, including those with additional needs. You will also be able to see the changes we have made so that we can continue to support you in this time.

Children First e-learning Programme

updated 16 April 2020

Tusla, working with DCYA and HSE, has developed a comprehensive Children First e-learning module which is universally available, free of charge and sets out the basic information required to recognise and report child welfare and protection concerns.  The programme is called ‘Introduction to Children First’ and takes approxiately 1.5 hours to complete

WHAT WORKS is an initiative led by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, with funding from Dormant Accounts, to support a move towards evidence informed prevention and early intervention services for children, young people and their families.

WHAT WORKS is about working together to ensure that Ireland is one of the best countries in the world for our children and young people to grow up.

WHAT WORKS is about bringing together, sharing, questioning and using all the evidence we have about what works to improve children and young people’s lives today so that they may have brighter tomorrows.

WHAT WORKS is about fostering persistent curiosity amongst those working to improve the lives of children and young people in Ireland.

WHAT WORKS is about supporting those working with and for children, young people and their families in doing the right things, in the right way and at the right time.

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Easy access and effective use of data is critical to improving children and young people's lives. Effective use of data can be a powerful tool to build stronger services for children and young people, and ensure the appropriate allocation of resources.




Designing policies, services, programmes or interventions that help improve children and young people's lives is not easy. Evidence of what has worked in the past, in particular places and with particular resources can help us in our decisions.




Easy access to data and evidence about what works in improving children's lives is only part of the jigsaw. It is the start of a conversation, not the end. Professional judgement, experience and practice wisdom is central to understanding the story behind the data and evidence.