Restorative Practices part of solution to homelessness – McVerry

December 9th 2014 Conflict solving approach suitable for children as young as four Homelessness campaigner Fr. Peter McVerry has encouraged greater use of Restorative Practices, as a measure to tackle homelessness. Speaking at the launch of two Restorative Practice reports in Dublin today, Fr. McVerry said that greater use of restorative practice in disadvantaged families, […]


Further Restorative Practice Primary Schools launched in Tallaght West

Two Primary Schools in Tallaght, St. Mark’s Junior and St. Mark’s Senior in Springfield, have been launched as ‘Restorative Practice Schools’. The announcement follows three other Tallaght Primary Schools Scoil Cnoc Mhuire Junior and Senior and Scoil Chaitlín Maude which were launched as ‘Restorative Practice Schools’ earlier this year. Restorative Practices (RP) involves developing people’s […]


Policy brief – professional training & supports for those working with children & families

CDI has launched its ninth Policy Brief entitled Professional training and supports for those working with children and families from disadvantaged areas. This document shares CDI’s learning to inform policy and practice with regard to the higher education, professional training and practice of those working with children and families. It explores the national context and […]


Experts gather to help Research, Evaluation, Policy and Practice work better together

Issued by the Childhood Development Initiative Thursday, September 18 2014 Experts gather to help research, evaluation, policy and practice work better together Research and policy experts gathered today to support research, evaluation, policy and practice to work more effectively together at a one day conference. The conference, Realising Real-World Research: Research and Evaluation in Challenging Times explored […]


Importance of Children’s Literacy highlighted

Monday, September 8th 2014 The importance of targeted support for children’s literacy is being highlighted today (September 8th), to mark International Literacy Day. Six year old Aoibheann Coyne, a pupil at St Brigid’s Junior National School in Tallaght, today celebrated being the 1,000 child to enroll in Doodle Den – an innovative after schoool programme […]


Development of Restorative Practices FETAC Programme Module

Background: The Restorative Practices Strategic Forum (RPSF) was established in 2011 and is a partnership of agencies with an interest in and strategic role regarding Restorative Practice (RP) in Ireland.  The RPSF aims to promote and support the use of restorative approaches across schools, communities and services, both locally and regionally, throughout the island of […]


Evaluation of the Antenatal to Three Year Old Initiative (ATTI)

Tallaght West CDI is funded under the Government’s Area Based Childhood Programme (ABC), which builds on the learning to date from the Prevention and Early Intervention Programmes. The ABC programme aims to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country. The programme has a […]


CDI Wins Communications Award

The Tallaght based Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) has won a top award for its communications at this years Public Relations Institute of Ireland industry awards. CDI received its Award from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a gala awards ceremony. CDI, working together with the agency Cavanagh Communications, won the title of Best Corporate Communication in […]


Inviting Applicants for Doodle Den Quality Specialist Post

Coláiste Mhuire gan Smál – Ollscoil Luimnigh – Mary Immaculate College – University of Limerick – Tel. (353) 061/204300   Fax. (353) 061/313632  Web www.mic.ul.ie Mary Immaculate College is an autonomous university-level College of Education and the Liberal Arts academically linked with the University of Limerick. It serves the needs of a growing and diverse student population […]