This symposium anticipated the forthcoming National Youth Strategy and provided practitioners with a space to learn about and reflect on the challenges and opportunities that youth work has in contributing to the five national outcomes for children and young people under the Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures Policy Framework.
Conor Rowley and Doreen Burke from the DCYA briefed delegates on Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures and updates on the National Youth Strategy development process.
Following the group discussions and workshop Anne Connolly (Chair of NYWAC) facilitated a questions and answers session.
Speakers on the day included:
Áilish O’Neill, NYCI
John Cahill, Foróige
Anna Gunning, Youth Advocate Programme Ireland
John Lonergan, Former Governor for Mountjoy Prison
David Carroll, BeLonG To
Mairéad Cluskey, President of Youth Work Ireland