CDI speaking at international conferences

This summer sees CDI speaking at a number of International Conferences. On the 4th July Doodle Den Co-ordinator Anne Marie Ried made a presentation to delegates attending the 4th International ENSEC (European Network for Social and Emotional Competence) Conference Social and Emotional Competence in a Changing World in Zagreb, Croatia. Anne-Marie’s presentation When Instinct is not […]


Community approach to conflict brings 43% reduction in disputes

Restorative Practice training recommended for workplace reform, teachers and professionals working with children Thursday, May 23, 2013. A community based response to conflict has been found to reduce disputes by 43% and significantly improve relationships with service providers, work colleagues and neighbours. The report on a Restorative Practice Programme run in Tallaght West by the […]


Experts encouraged to integrate prevention & early intervention evidence

News Release, Monday, May 20, 2013. Education experts have been urged to integrate findings from prevention and early intervention research programmes into the education system. Speaking at a seminar organised by the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) today, CDI Strategy and Corporate Services Manager Michelle Butler outlined steps that can be taken in the design and […]


Community based response to crime can reduce reoffending by up to 40%

News Release: Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Communities encouraged look more to themselves to reduce Crime Community based responses to crime and anti-social behaviour can reduce re-offending by up to 40% – a conference heard today. Speaking at a conference on ‘Restorative Practice’, University of Ulster Lecturer Tim Chapman, said research in Northern Ireland found that […]


Importance of Education for Parents Highlighted in Early Years Report

News Release: Thursday February 2nd Early Years study recommends additional supports for children in disadvantaged areas The importance of parent support and education has been highlighted in the findings of a major report into early years supports for children in disadvantaged areas. The finding is contained in an evaluation of an Early Years Service which […]


Dedicated Speech and Language Therapy Service recommended for disadvantaged areas

News Release: Thursday, November 15, 2012 The establishment of dedicated early intervention speech and language therapy services in disadvantaged areas has been recommended in a children’s report launched today. The report found that a dedicated speech and language service would enable more children to receive the intervention earlier which would help to remove or reduce […]


Programme identifies how to improve children’s literacy in disadvantaged communities

News release: Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Call for after-school literacy programme to become an option for all children A major research programme has identified an effective approach to improve children’s literacy in disadvantaged communities – and recommended this approach become available to other communities wanting to improve early childhood literacy. Launching the Evaluation Report of […]


Children to Benefit as Proven Literacy Programme Expanded

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Doodle Den extended in Tallaght and expanded to new schools in Limerick Almost 140 children are to benefit from improved reading and comprehension skills as a children’s literacy programme in Tallaght is being extended for an additional year – and being expanded to Limerick. The children will be taking part in Doodle […]


St. Mark’s becomes first Restorative Practice School in Ireland Oct 2012

October 3, 2012 St. Mark’s becomes first Restorative Practice School in the country St Mark’s Community School has become the first school in Ireland committed to the use of Restorative Practice. Mayor Cathal King and Minister Brian Hayes attend the RP Launch The process began in 2010 and staff members, students and parents have all […]


NEWS: Groups launch manual on improving Community Safety

News Release: Friday, September 28, 2012 The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI), South Dublin County Council and the Community Safety Initiative Committee joined their expertise to launch a detailed manual on how to improve community safety. At the launch of the Community Safety Initiative Manual were:ack Row: Anna Lee, Philomena Poole, Inspector Raymond Blake, Chief Superintendent […]