The Children and Youth Programme (CYP)

Who We Are

We are an independent collaboration between the two UNESCO Chairs in the island of Ireland at the UNESCO Centre at the University of Ulster and the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway.

What We Do

We are an academic, independent monitoring programme, focusing on the well‑being of children and youth in Ireland and Northern Ireland, using a rights‑based approach.


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Foreword From Our UNESCO Chairs

Using a multidisciplinary framework our Programme draws upon the knowledge and expertise of researchers from a wide range of disciplines on issues affecting children and youth.

The Programme seeks to inform those working with, or on behalf of, children and youth across the island. Through our collaboration we hope to contribute to improving the lives of children and youth, empowering them to engage fully in society, protected as rights holders and contributors.

We hope that you will find our work informative and useful.

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Prof Alan Smith  & Prof Pat Dolan