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Irish Youth Health Promotion Bibliography

This is a comprehensive bibliography of published and unpublished studies, post-graduate theses, and other research studies related to youth health promotion in the youth work sector in Ireland. We are very grateful to the Health Promotion research centre based in NUI Galway for their support in collating this bibliography of research studies.

This bibliography will act as a foundation for an in-depth evaluation of Irish research on youth health promotion. It will assist in identifying gaps in policy and practice, planning future projects and reduce duplication of research.

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Essential guidelines for good youth work practice: extracts from the city of Dublin youth service board toolkit.

Full title: 
Essential guidelines for good youth work practice: extracts from the city of Dublin youth service board toolkit.
Author: 
Farrelly, J., Dunne, C., & Doyle., G.
Year: 
2009
Category: 
Models and tools
Citation: 
Farrelly, J., Dunne, C., & Doyle., G. (2009). Essential guidelines for good youth work practice: extracts from the city of Dublin youth service board toolkit, Youth Studies Ireland, 4(2), 56-64.
Publication Type: 
Journal article
Aim: 
To identify recent tools and guidelines for good youth work practice in Ireland.
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
The paper discusses the youth work toolkit, the importance of building relationships between youth workers and young people, guidelines for outreach and for developing policy related to child protection and welfare.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth work, toolkit, guidelines, good practice
Length: 
8 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Library access

Youth cafés in Ireland: a best practice guide.

Full title: 
Youth cafés in Ireland: a best practice guide.
Author: 
Forkan, C., Canavan, J., Dolan, P., Bradley, C., Brady, B., Carty, C., Coen, L., Devaney, C., Kearns, N., Kenny, A., Merriman, B. & O’Regan, C.
Year: 
2010
Category: 
Models and tools
Citation: 
Forkan, C., Canavan, J., Dolan, P., Bradley, C., Brady, B., Carty, C., Coen, L., Devaney, C., Kearns, N., Kenny, A., Merriman, B. & O’Regan, C. (2010). Youth cafés in Ireland: a best practice guide. Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Dublin: The Stationary Office.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To contribute to the formation of a policy foundation for the support and development of the youth café model of intervention targeting children and young people in Ireland.
Methodology: 
A literature review of formal academic sources, web-based data and ‘grey literature’, and interviews with stakeholders.
Participants: 
Interviews (n=9) were conducted with a selection of key stakeholders and with young people attending youth cafés.
Conclusion: 
This report outlines a conceptual model and framework for youth cafés. It also identifies the guiding principles for youth cafés, as well as operational issues and monitoring and evaluation systems for use in youth cafés.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth café, best practice, guidelines
Length: 
104 pages

Youth cafe toolkit: how to set up and run a youth cafe in Ireland.

Full title: 
Youth cafe toolkit: how to set up and run a youth cafe in Ireland.
Author: 
Forkan, C., Canavan, J., & Dolan, P.
Year: 
2010
Category: 
Models and tools
Citation: 
Forkan, C., Canavan, J., & Dolan, P. (2010) Youth café toolkit: how to set up and run a youth cafe in Ireland. Dublin: The Stationary Office.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To describe a toolkit for use in establishing a youth café.
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
This report emerged from “Youth cafés in Ireland: a best practice guide” and details the steps involved in setting up a youth café. The toolkit provides advice on 11 core elements including activities/programmes for a youth café, role of staff and volunteers in a youth café, training for staff, volunteers and young people, and design and location of the youth café building. These 11 steps are based on the founding principles of youth cafés and the human rights of young people.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
tools, youth café, Ireland, guidelines.
Length: 
70 pages

Jigsaw: engaging communities in the development and implementation of youth mental health services and supports in the Republic of Ireland.

Full title: 
Jigsaw: engaging communities in the development and implementation of youth mental health services and supports in the Republic of Ireland.
Author: 
Illback, R., Bates, T., Hodges, C., Galligan, K., Smith, P., Sanders, D., & Dooley, B.
Year: 
2010
Category: 
Models and tools
Citation: 
Illback, R., Bates, T., Hodges, C., Galligan, K., Smith, P., Sanders, D., & Dooley, B. (2010). Jigsaw: engaging communities in the development and implementation of youth mental health services and supports in the Republic of Ireland. Journal of Mental Health, 19(5), 422-435.
Publication Type: 
Journal article
Aim: 
To describe the efforts needed to engage communities in systematic processes of planning, programme design, implementation, and evaluation of a community based system of care and support for young people.
Methodology: 
Five communities were selected as demonstration sites - each underwent an intensive readiness assessment and a 7 step community planning process. Information was gathered using focus groups, key informant interviews, community and provider surveys, and geo-mapping of resources with various participant groups.
Participants: 
The membership of the 5 demonstration sites varied from community to community but, in every instance, included young people, family members, community leaders, educators, youth workers, specialised mental health workers, and the local health manager.
Conclusion: 
The study found that there is a need for youth mental health services. It identified that extensive community engagement and planning occurred in all Jigsaw sites and that young people provided invaluable guidance for the design implementation of the sites. The authors stated that creating and sustaining innovation at each site was challenging and required continuous leadership and dialogue.
Keywords: 
community services, youth mental health, programme development, community engagement
Subject Matter: 
n/a
Length: 
14 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Database: Pub Med

National Youth Health Programme: youth health promotion – a practice manual.

Full title: 
National Youth Health Programme: youth health promotion – a practice manual.
Author: 
Mc Grory, S., Monaghan, L., & Rowley C.
Year: 
2006
Category: 
Models and tools
Citation: 
Mc Grory, S., Monaghan, L., & Rowley C. (2006). National Youth Health Programme: youth health promotion – a practice manual. National Youth Council of Ireland.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To introduce those working with young people to good practice in health promotion.
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
This report provides a rationale for health promotion in youth organisations. It also highlights the key concepts and principles for promoting health and provides guidance to practice and policy development within youth organisations. The report describes the process and preparation required for promoting health in a youth organisation.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
health promotion, youth organisation, guide
Length: 
114 pages

Sense and sexuality: a support pack for addressing the issue of sexual health with young people in youth work settings.

Full title: 
Sense and sexuality: a support pack for addressing the issue of sexual health with young people in youth work settings.
Author: 
Mc Grory, S. & Monaghan, L.
Year: 
2004
Category: 
Models and tools
Citation: 
Mc Grory, S., & Monaghan, L. (2004). Sense and sexuality: a support pack for addressing the issue of sexual health with young people in youth work settings. National Youth Council of Ireland.
Publication Type: 
Support pack
Aim: 
To address the issues of sexual health with young people in youth work settings.
Methodology: 
The structure and content of the pack was developed by consultation with key informants from both the youth work sector and the Health Services Sector. A number of one-to-one meetings and interviews were held with key informants and 2 national ‘Think Tank’ events were held in order to present and agree the format and framework for the Pack. The training element of the initiative was piloted in two locations with workers representing a broad range of youth organisations.
Participants: 
Key informants representing the youth work sector and the Health Services Sector (not specified).
Conclusion: 
This support pack aims to provide youth organisations with a comprehensive framework to address the issue of sexual health among young people. It was designed to be used by youth organisations in developing their sexual health practice and policy and for use alongside the accompanying training programme which can be accessed through the National Youth Health Programme.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, youth work, sexual health, support pack
Length: 
93 pages

Guidelines for the centre development planning. Quality Framework Initiative: Youthreach and senior Traveller training centres.

Full title: 
Guidelines for the centre development planning. Quality Framework Initiative: Youthreach and senior Traveller training centres.
Author: 
O’Brien, S.
Year: 
2005
Category: 
Models and tools
Citation: 
O’Brien, S. (2005). Guidelines for centre development planning. Quality Framework Initiative: Youthreach and senior Traveller training centres. Dublin: Youthreach.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To illustrate the strategic planning process which identifies a quality framework, forming the basis of the quality assurance system for Youthreach and senior Traveller training centres.
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
This report is divided into four main sections including an introduction to centre development planning, the development and review of a centre mission statement to include aims and objectives, key stages in the centre development planning process, and sample session plans. This report provides step by step guidelines to implementing the quality framework initiative for Youthreach centre development and planning.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
Youthreach, senior Traveller training centres, quality improvement
Length: 
110 pages

Progress partners plans: Youngballymun implementation plan.

Full title: 
Progress partners plans: Youngballymun implementation plan.
Author: 
The Centre for Social and Educational Research
Year: 
2010
Category: 
Models and tools
Citation: 
The Centre for Social and Educational Research (2010). Progress, partners, plans: youngballymun implementation plan. Dublin: Youngballymun.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To describe the four elements (the learning community, the programme, the services and the evaluation) of youngballymun and chart how the various levels of this community change initiative interacted to deliver measurable enhanced learning and well-being outcomes for children and young people in the community.
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
The youngballymun implementation plan details a strategy for change in services to children and families in Ballymun and more importantly in anticipated outcomes for children and families using the services.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
progress report, youngballymun,
Length: 
112 pages

Diversity toolkit for youth work: increasing participation and inclusion for all young people.

Full title: 
Diversity toolkit for youth work: increasing participation and inclusion for all young people.
Author: 
Seebach, M. & Walsh, A.
Year: 
2009
Category: 
Models and tools
Citation: 
Seebach, M., & Walsh, A. (2009). Diversity toolkit for youth work: increasing participation and inclusion for all young people. Youth Studies Ireland, 4(1), 35-45.
Publication Type: 
Journal article
Aim: 
To describe a “diversity toolkit” which can be used by youth workers to assess young people participating in youth work with the hope of understanding their needs.
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
The aim of the diversity toolkit is to embed equality and inclusiveness in all youth work. It was designed to help youth workers to adopt an inclusive and equitable approach and stresses that skill development for youth workers is important in meeting the needs of all young people. Participation of young people was identified as central to the toolkit.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth work, equality, participation, diversity toolkit
Length: 
10 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Library access

Good habits of mind: a mental health promotion initiative for those working with young people in out-of-school settings.

Full title: 
Good habits of mind: a mental health promotion initiative for those working with young people in out-of-school settings.
Author: 
Swinburne, L. & Mason, T.
Year: 
2004
Category: 
Models and tools
Citation: 
Swinburne, L., & Mason, T. (2004). Good habits of mind: a mental health promotion initiative for those working with young people in out-of-school settings. Dublin: National Youth Health Programme.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To promote the mental health of young people in out-of-school settings.
Methodology: 
In-depth one-to-one interviews (n=4), a consultation/training day on mental health and young people (n=14) and questionnaires were administered prior to and during group meetings for the reference group. One-to-one interviews were held with all members of the key informant group (n=5) and one-to-one communication with the project officer (who was responsible for overseeing this piece of research) through mail, e-mail and phone calls.
Participants: 
The reference group comprised of those who work directly with young people in out-of-school settings. The key informants comprised of a Health Service Executive representative in youth health, a representative from the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services, two representatives from a Counselling Service for Adolescents and a representative of Mental Health Ireland.
Conclusion: 
This report includes a limited literature review of best practice in mental health promotion with young people. It identifies the information, training and support needs of those working in out-of-school settings when responding to emotional health issues of youth work participants. The report also details a user friendly information resource for those working in the out-of-school setting that contains guidelines and information for sustaining mental health promotion initiatives.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
mental health promotion, initiative, young people, out-of-school
Length: 
106 pages

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