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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Consultancy Contracts Data

Photo of Lucinda CreightonLucinda Creighton (Dublin South East, Renua Ireland)
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226. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the name, costs, date of commission, date or expected date of publication and name of the external consultant of all external reports commissioned by his Department since March 2011. [3762/16]

Photo of James ReillyJames Reilly (Dublin North, Fine Gael)
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In order to deliver key commitments in relation to children and young people and to put in place a unified framework of policy, legislation and provision across Government in respect of children and young people, it is at times necessary to commission reports and utilise expertise from a range of expert individuals and bodies. My Department ensures that all reports commissioned are of direct relevance to the operational and policy commitments of my Department.

I have set out as follows the full range of external consultant reports commissioned by my Department. Costs may include, where applicable, copy editing, design and other costs relating to publication. Separate material is provided in respect of the Growing Up in Ireland study.

Name of External ReportDate of CommissionDate/expected

date of Publication
Name of External ConsultantCost of Report
Audit of Children and Young people’s Participation in decision making in IrelandNovember 2009November 2011Cnag ar an Doras and Sandra Roe (joint contract)€19,890.42
National Consultation with Children Living in the Care of the StateNovember 2010July 2011Cnag ar an Doras €25,610.00
Body Image Survey ReportMarch 2011October 2011Anam Cara€6,800.00
Youth Work: A Systematic Map of the Research LiteratureSeptember 2011June 2013Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of (EPPI-Centre) London.€67,000.00
Valuation reportNovember 2011Internal use onlyElliott Fitzgerald Ltd.€1,230.00
Needs Assessment for the Redevelopment of December 2011Internal use onlyCentre for Effective Services€18,400.00
Every Child a Home: A Review of the Implementation of the Youth Homelessness StrategyDecember 2011July 2013Centre for Effective Services

Penhouse Design

Intacta Print

Carole Devaney for proofing of report and of briefing note





Comhairle na nÓg and Garda Síochána survey on the Attitudes of Gardaí to Young People.

Questionnaire for Gardaí and Young People
July 2012Publication date to be finalised Anam Cara€7,650.00
Public Knowledge and Attitudes Relating to Children’s Rights, Welfare, Protection and ServicesJuly 2012Publication date to be finalisedBehaviour and Attitudes

Qualitative Research – Group Facilitation

Quantitative Research – Interviews

Barometer Research




Ireland’s Consolidated 3rd and 4th Report to the United Nations Committee in the Rights of the ChildJuly 2012July 2013Ms. Carmel Corrigan – Drafting of Report

Ms. Carol Devaney – Editing, Formatting and Indexing



Strategic Human ResourcesDecember 2012April 2013Mazars€20,602.50
Internal Audit Report: Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme

Internal Audit Report: ICT Shared Services Arrangements
December 2012

December 2012
Internal Use Only

Internal Use Only
Capita Business Services Ltd

Capita Business Services Ltd
Combined for both reports €23,803.00
Summary Report for Young Voices Have Your Say- Structured DialogueJanuary 2013March 2013Cnag ar an Doras€4,918.00
Care Issues ReviewMarch 2013Internal use onlyVictor McElfatrick€3,556.56
Report on Structural DamageMarch 2013Internal use onlyFrontier Engineering Group Ltd.€7,668.74
Staff Roster ReviewApril 2013Internal use onlyMcGuinness Killen Partnership€6,715.80
Role Review for Child & Family AgencyMay 2013November 2013Mazars€16,512.75
Care Issues ReviewSeptember 2013Internal use onlyConal Devine & Associates€13,636.21
Internal Audit Report: Community Childcare Subvention / Childcare Education and Training Supports ProgrammesJanuary 2014Internal Use OnlyCapita Business Services Ltd€8,200.00
Care Issues ReviewFebruary 2014Internal use onlyKieran McGrath€13,500.00
Policy Analysis and Development on Remission of SentenceMarch 2014Internal use onlyBramell Lane Ltd€29,151.00
Land Valuation ReportAugust 2014Internal use onlyLisney Chartered Surveyors€2,152.50
Internal Audit Report:

National Children’s Detention Facility
October 2014Internal use onlyCapita Business Services€12,623.00
Internal Audit Report: Programme Integration Platform (June 2015)November 2014Internal Use OnlyCapita Business Services€15,675.00
Internal Audit Report: Transactions AuditNovember 2014Internal use – Not yet completeCapita Business Services€16,858.00
Report on Ireland’s Implementation of EU Youth StrategyNovember 2014Late 2015Carmel Corrigan€6,300.00
"Becoming an Active Player" - Report on meeting of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures Advisory CouncilDecember 2014Internal use onlyThe Change Exploratory Ltd.€1,600.00
Internal Audit Report: Programme Integration Platform (January 2015)January 2015Internal use onlyCapita Business Services€16,858.00
Internal Audit Report: DCYA Governance of Child and Family Agency (Tusla)

(Working Title)
February 2015Internal use – Not yet completeCapita Business Services€12,100 (to date)
Report of the involvement of children and young people in the recruitment of the Ombudsman for ChildrenMarch 2015December 2015Sandra Roe€6,000.00
A report of consultations with children and young people for Ireland 2016May 2015March 2016Ursula Kelly - UCC€9,827.70
Review of Public Spending Code Return (Quality Assurance)June 2015Internal use onlyCapita Business Services€4,125.00
Report of the process of consulting children and young people living in Direct ProvisionJuly 2015January 2016Ursula Kelly - UCC€9,948.00
Audit of education and training on children’s rights and children’s and young people’s participation in decision-making in all third level and further education programmes and continuing professional development programmes in IrelandSeptember 2015March 2016Ursula Kelly - UCC€19,978.00
Report of the workshop discussions at Dáil na nÓg 2015October 2015January 2016Sandra Roe€4,000.00
Updating the Comhairle na nÓg Toolkit November 2015June 2016Cnag ar an DorasPer diem rate –number of days to be determined
Provision of Services Pursuant to A National Consultation with Children (aged 3-5) on the National Early Years StrategyDecember 2015For internal use to inform the Early Years Strategy.Imelda Coyne

Trinity College,

Scoping Report on the Development of Data Relating to ChildrenDecember 2015February 2016Research Matters Ltd€20,726.55

Growing Up in Ireland

In 2006 a contract to carry out the first phase the National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland was awarded by the Department of Health and Children (through the Office of the Minister For Children & Youth Affairs) to a consortium comprising of the ESRI and the Children’s Research Centre at TCD. Since then the Study has adopted the working title of 'Growing Up in Ireland'. Following another public procurement competition a contract was awarded to the ESRI/TCD consortium to carry out the second phase of the study over the period 2015-2019. As part of the overall contracts the ESRI/TCD are required to prepare and publish reports from time to time. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs meets the costs of printing these reports and since this Department was established in June 2011 the total cost of printing is €31,967.14.


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