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Young People meet National Forum on Guidance in Education

On May 8th 2015 a group of young people presented to the National Forum on Guidance in Education. Representing the National Implementation Project (NIP) of the NYCI and DCYA, their presentation was the culmination of a six month process whereby young people from across Ireland considered the topic of Guidance Counselling and its potential positive impact on Social Inclusion.

picture of young people

The group were invited to attend and present at the NCGE’s National Forum on Guidance which is an annual gathering of practitioners from the field of Guidance within the Second level, Third level, Community and Vocational sectors.  The presentation was received very positively by the more than 50 delegates to the event and after taking a lengthy questions and answers session, the young people were asked to stay for the full meeting to contribute to the remainder of the sessions.


Presenting on the day were Shane O’Sullivan, Annika Lipsius and Vanessa Mulhall.

By outlining the process and the rationale for ultimately choosing Guidance Counselling as their Topic they were able to illustrate how a diverse group of young people came to the conclusion that a positive and strategic improvement in the provision of Guidance Counselling across the sectors could have a very significant impact on Social Inclusion. Combining research with real life stories while paying attention to the resonance of the possible positive impact, the group found themselves on a journey that they believed could promote real change for the better.

They believe in the idea that Guidance Counselling at its best begins in 1st year of Secondary School and offers support to students as they navigate their education pathways through second level, community, vocational or third level education. They see a distinction between guidance counselling for life and guidance counselling for careers. The NIP group fundamentally believe that a fully equipped and high quality Guidance Counselling model can have an impact on such ongoing challenges in society such as school dropout, college dropout, mis-informed choices for learning/training/studying, managing mental health, navigating adolescence etc.


If Guidance Counselling were to reach its potential we see a service that facilitates the empowerment and enabling of young people to reach their potential as well as a service that supports people at the times and in the moments when they need it most.


European Youth Work Convention Report

27-30 April 2015, Brussels

Anthony Burrowes (ECO Unesco), Mike Randall (Scouting Ireland) and Eibhlín Harrington (SWAN Youth Service), recently attended the EU Youth Convention in Brussels along with 500 other delegates. 

Read the report from Anthony on what happened at the event (PDF).

More infomation about the convention at


Screenagers Survey on the use of ICT and Digital Media in Youth Work

The Screenagers project is a partnership project between the NYCI and partner organisations in Northern Ireland, Austria, Denmark and Finland.  It is a research project which is investigating the extent of use of ICT and Digital Media in youth work.  All partners have now sent out surveys to practitioners to gather information and we have received approximately 300 responses in Ireland!  Watch this space for an initial report on the findings which will be available in the Autumn.  

We will be carrying out focus group meetings and documenting case studies to get some more detailed information so if you have an interesting project which uses ICT, please contact Anna in NYCI at