‘Research & Practice Talking’ seminar Cork

Cillian Murphy, UNESCO CFRC Patron, takes time from rehearsals to meet with Youth Researchers, NUI Galway, July 2014

UNESCO Croke Park Symposium on Youth Civic Engagement and Leadership Through Sport and Recreation, Thursday 28th August

Professor Pat Dolan and Claire McNamee present President Michael D. Higgins with the book "Family Futures" in Áras an Uachtaráin, 12th June 2014

New Social Sciences Institute formally named - Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS). Building is complete and was occupied on 17th Oct

Child to Parent Violence: Innovations in Practice, Policy and Research Conference, Áras Moyla, NUI Galway 12th - 12th June 2014

Prof Pat Dolan with Prof Mark Brennan, Penn State University and Prof Alan Smith, University of Ulster at the UNESCO Symposium on Youth Civic Engagement and Leadership Development through Sport and Recreation, Croke Park, 28th August

Institute for Lifecourse and Society Distinguished Public Lecture Series :: Don Mullan, author, humanitarian and media producer. Thursday, 2nd October

Family Support is about meeting the needs and achieving the rights of children. The CFRC is at the forefront of international theory and empirical work on Family Support. Read more »

Interventions in this area aim to enable young people to thrive and engage fully with their own development as well as that of their communities. Our youth development strand reflects the CFRC’s core principles of social support, resilience and children’s rights, while also embracing concepts such as participation, civic engagement and leadership. Read more »

The CFRC has established strong credibility in supporting policy makers, service managers and practitioners develop and implement new ideas in their work. Read more »



Welcome to the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at the National University of Ireland, Galway, based in the School of Political Science and Sociology. Founded with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies and the Health Services Executive, our Centre undertakes research, education and training in the area of Family Support and Youth Development with an emphasis on prevention and early intervention for children and young people experiencing adversity.

We are equally focussed on knowledge creation around ‘what works' in the real world of practice and on utilising community based approaches to working with and for young people. With the support of UNESCO we work on a range of international collaborations in relation to education programmes and policy initiatives.

We also partner with the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, Centre for Disability Law and Policy and Project Lifecourse within the Institute for Lifecourse and Society at NUI Galway. So please explore our website to learn more about us and the work we do.

UNESCO Chair and Director