A longitudinal study of Doodle Den, conducted by Queen’s University Belfast, is available to download here.
The study revisited the children involved in both the original control and intervention groups to investigate the long term benefits of participation in Doodle Den.
The findings were impacted by a low number of participants as consent was sought retrospectively and numbers agreeing to take part were inevitably low. The importance of ethical approval and consent which allows this level of follow up is noted. As a result of the small number of participants, the findings from the study are inconclusive.
Baseline research from one of CDI's new ABC Programmes – the Antenatal to Three Initiative (ATTI) – has been published.
The research includes inputs from over 60 relevant individuals working in a cross sector of agencies and it maps out the level of interagency working across the 0-3 cohort.
The Initiative is working to improve pathways across all services and agencies for 0-3 year olds in Tallaght. The Report can be read here.
The Prevention and Early Intervention Network's (PEIN) Hands Up for Children
campaign continues to grow support and momentum.
The campaign will be holding briefing meetings with Children's spokespeople, both TDs and Senators, this autumn. At these meetings the campaign will be presenting concrete election manifesto asks and detailed figures on the economic savings which can be made.
Also during September-November many groups across the country will be holding local events to promote Hands up for Children
and engage with their local politicians and stakeholders.
CDI, along with the Blue Skies ABC Programme in Clondalkin, is hosting a local event in Tallaght on September 24 at 1pm, for all local Councillors and TDs as part of the national campaign to get prevention and early intervention included in the next Programme for Government.
There is a 'Thunderclap' taking place on social media to support the campaign on September 24. Click here to take part
. More information on the campaign at www.handsupforchildren.ie
As part of our ongoing work to embed restorative practices in the community, CDI is pleased to announce that a panel of facilitators is now available to work with individuals and groups to help them resolve conflict.
Having liaised with other services in the area such as the South Dublin Mediation Service and the Tallaght Restorative Project, we have agreed that this is a useful addition to the supports already available.
To find out more about the service or to use it to help solve a problem with friends, family, colleagues or neighbours contact Claire Casey at email@example.com or (01) 494 0300. You can also view the Restorative Community Services information leaflet here.
CDI ran four Summer Courses for teachers this year, catering for 64 participants from Primary and Secondary Schools. The feedback from those that took part was highly positive.
Examples of what people had to say are included below. CDI would like to say a warm 'Thank You' to the RP Trainers who worked with us to deliver these courses.