Restorative Practices part of solution to homelessness – McVerry

December 9th 2014 Conflict solving approach suitable for children as young as four Homelessness campaigner Fr. Peter McVerry has encouraged greater use of Restorative Practices, as a measure to tackle homelessness. Speaking at the launch of two Restorative Practice reports in Dublin today, Fr. McVerry said that greater use of restorative practice in disadvantaged families, […]


Profile of Tallaght West from 2011 Census

by CDI Staff, December 2014 The 2011 Census is the most recent detailed population profile taken of Tallaght West. Using the figures we can compare Tallaght West against national averages using a range of established social and economic indicators. Tallaght West in the data which follows is defined as the electoral division areas of Ballinascorney, Fettercain, […]


Realising Real-World Research: Research and Evaluation in Challenging Times

Noírín Hayes Knowledge exchange is not easy.  While researchers know the language of research there is no guarantee they know the language of either practice or policy making.  For an introduction on how best to break through the communication barriers across different professional groups you should access the presentations from the recent knowledge exchange conference […]


Building a knowledge base of the process of Replication

Building a knowledge base of the process of Replication Mary Rafferty, Organisation Development Consultant. When we try to bring about change, we often look at what others have already tried to do about the problem. People working in social fields have thought about how this for a long time. Many different terms are used to […]


Further Restorative Practice Primary Schools launched in Tallaght West

Two Primary Schools in Tallaght, St. Mark’s Junior and St. Mark’s Senior in Springfield, have been launched as ‘Restorative Practice Schools’. The announcement follows three other Tallaght Primary Schools Scoil Cnoc Mhuire Junior and Senior and Scoil Chaitlín Maude which were launched as ‘Restorative Practice Schools’ earlier this year. Restorative Practices (RP) involves developing people’s […]


Policy brief – professional training & supports for those working with children & families

CDI has launched its ninth Policy Brief entitled Professional training and supports for those working with children and families from disadvantaged areas. This document shares CDI’s learning to inform policy and practice with regard to the higher education, professional training and practice of those working with children and families. It explores the national context and […]


Experts gather to help Research, Evaluation, Policy and Practice work better together

Issued by the Childhood Development Initiative Thursday, September 18 2014 Experts gather to help research, evaluation, policy and practice work better together Research and policy experts gathered today to support research, evaluation, policy and practice to work more effectively together at a one day conference. The conference, Realising Real-World Research: Research and Evaluation in Challenging Times explored […]


Importance of Children’s Literacy highlighted

Monday, September 8th 2014 The importance of targeted support for children’s literacy is being highlighted today (September 8th), to mark International Literacy Day. Six year old Aoibheann Coyne, a pupil at St Brigid’s Junior National School in Tallaght, today celebrated being the 1,000 child to enroll in Doodle Den – an innovative after schoool programme […]


Challenges and Fun: Putting Doodle Den online

John Sherwin After our first project meeting with The Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) we arrived back at our offices in Dublin City Centre armed with a 484 page long programme manual and a brief to make an online literacy learning support tool for senior infants. Well, it’s a good job we like a […]