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Tusla Guidlines - 5 National Outcomes
Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020


Tusla 5 National Outcomes

Outcomes Tusla want for all children and young people:
  • Active & Healthy
  • Achieving
  • Safe
  • Economic Security
  • Connected & Respected

Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures is predicated on cross-departmental and interagency collaboration, both nationally and locally. It underscores the necessity of interagency working and tasks CYPSC with a key role in this regard.

It sets out five National Outcomes for children and young people. These are the overarching and unifying outcomes structuring policy for children and young people across government, agencies and sectors which have a role and remit for working with children and young people.

The work of Children and Young People’s Services Committees is informed by these five national outcomes for children and young people. The five national outcomes we want for all children and young people are that they are:

1 - Active and healthy with physical and mental well being

Being active and healthy is a significant contributor to overall wellbeing. The majority of children and young people in Ireland enjoy good health. However, we have some significant health challenges, including obesity, substance misuse and mental health.

2 - Achieving full potential in all areas of learning and development

The aims are to ensure that all children get the best foundation in learning and development, have social and emotional wellbeing, and are engaged in and achieving in education.

3 - Safe and protected from harm

The aims are that all children and young people have a secure, stable and caring home environment; that they are safe from abuse, neglect and exploitation; that they are protected from bullying and discrimination; and that they are safe from crime and anti-social behaviour.

4 - Have economic security and opportunity

The aims are that all children and young people are protected from poverty and social exclusion; that they are living in child/youth-friendly sustainable communities; that they have opportunities for ongoing education and training; and that they have pathways to economic participation, entrepreneurship, fulfilling employment and independent living.

5 - Connected, respected and contributing to their world

The aims are that all children and young people have a sense of their own identity, are free from discrimination and are part of positive networks of friends, family and community; furthermore, that they are civically engaged, socially and environmentally conscious, and are aware of their rights as well as being responsible and respectful of the law.