A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was agreed early 2017 between the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI). (DCYA and ETBI, 2017). This sets out, inter alia, the role of DCYA and ETBI as described in this section.
DCYA was established in June 2011 and it is the principal Department to whom ETBs report in relation to their youth work functions. It has a mandate in relation to policy and service provision for children and young people. It comprises a number of interrelated strands, including the direct provision of universal and targeted services, and working to achieve the harmonisation of relevant policy and provision across Government so as to improve outcomes for children, young people and families.
The DCYA strategic and operational objectives are informed by the following: