CDI’s Restorative Practices programme highly commended for ‘outstanding work’ in adult education

March 4, 2021: Restorative Practices work recognised at AONTAS STAR Awards The Childhood Development Initiative’s (CDI) Restorative Practices Training Programme was highly commended at this year’s AONTAS STAR Awards. The Tallaght-based organisation trains adults in Restorative Practices and promotes its use in communities, schools and workplaces – and was highly commended in the Health and Wellbeing Category. The STAR Awards is […]


4th December 2020

4th December 2020 Section: Agenda: Accompanying Documents: Agenda Agenda 4th December 2021 * Matters for Mention by Chair including HR * Conflicts of Interest * Lobbying Section 1 Minutes and Matters Arising Board Meeting Minutes (2nd October 2020) Section 2 Annual Board Review Section 3 Business Plan December Business Plan Section 4 Finance Policies and […]


100,000th free children’s book delivered in Dublin 24

February 11, 2021: More than 6,700 children – 73% of all 0-5 year olds in Dublin 24 – have signed up to a local free book gifting scheme supported by Dolly Parton, since it was launched two years ago today. This month will see the 100,000th book delivered in the Dublin 24 area, through the […]


New Year Message

Generally at this time of the year, I enjoy the challenge of attempting to write something which might motivate or inspire others. In fairness, given the amazing people I work with, it’s not hard to find wonderful things to say. But right now, as this terrible year comes to a close, I’m struggling to find […]


Role of Dads changing more during COVID-19 than any other period

October 15, 2020: Pandemic raising opportunities and highlighting challenges for Dads COVID-19 is raising new opportunities and highlighting challenges for Dads – as their roles are changing more rapidly than at any other modern period. The changing roles and experiences of Dads were highlighted at a webinar Engaging Dads, Supporting Families, hosted by the Tallaght based Childhood Development […]



Call for greater supports for families of prisoners

December 19, 2019: A call has been made for parenting support initiatives in prisons and communities to improve outcomes for children with a parent in prison. The research report launched today identifies the negative impacts on families, particularly children, of imprisonment of a parent – and the potential to address these through parenting and family supports […]


One third of teenagers in Tallaght face mental health difficulties

December 18, 2019: Up to one third of young people in the Tallaght region experience mental health difficulties and face a major gap in accessing services – according to new research on youth mental health. The report, commissioned by the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) and carried out by Trinity College Dublin, researched the needs of 12 […]


Launch of The In-Betweeners

The Childhood Development Initiative is delighted to invite you to the launch of   The In-Betweeners: Identifying and quantifying the unmet mental health needs of children and adolescents in Tallaght by Dr. Elizabeth McCarthy Quinn, and Professor Catherine Comiskey, Trinity College Dublin.   This report discusses consultation with parents and those working with young people […]


Launch of Prisoners Returning Home Report

The Childhood Development Initiative is pleased to invite you to the launch of Prisoners Returning Home: Prisoners and Family Reintegration  By Dr Kieran O’Dwyer, Sharron Kelliher and James Bowes. On Thursday 19th December, from 11 -1, in the Alexander Hotel, Fenian Street, Dublin 2 This report is the result of consultation with prisoners, their families, […]