Tallaght Restorative Practice Trainers Awarded Certs

December 2013 – Tallaght Restorative Practice Trainers Awarded Certs The Mayor of South Dublin got into festive spirit when he attended the Childhood Development Initiative Christmas Seminar to award Certs to 12 new Restorative Practice Trainers. Mayor Dermot Looney commended the successful trainers – all of whom live or work in Tallaght – for their […]



€4m to be invested in early intervention in Tallaght West 2013-2016

Children and families in Tallaght West are set to benefit after €4m has been allocated to early intervention programmes, which are targeted at the most disadvantaged in the community. The area has been identified as one of the Area Based Responses to Child Poverty in the country which the Department of Children and Youth Affairs […]


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 […]


Better information between parents, schools and services recommended

News Release: Friday, March 22, 2013. Better information sharing between parents, schools and services has been recommended at a Seminar on improving children’s Primary Healthcare services. The recommendation was highlighted as part of a call for greater cross-working between the health and education sectors in providing services to children. Speaking at the Childhood Development Initiative […]


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 […]