The biennial State of the Nation's Children Report is based on the National Set of Child Well-Being Indicators published in 2005. The report, first published in 2006, had three aims, to describe the lives of children in Ireland, to track how this has changed over time and to benchmark progress in Ireland relative to other countries.
These aims are achieved by presenting key information in areas such as health and education, as well as social, emotional, behavioural and self-reported happiness outcomes. The report also presents data on supports and services available to children and their families, along with children’s relationships with their parents and peers. The report is produced by the Research and Evaluation Unit of DCYA, with data provided by a range of government departments, agencies and research organisations.
The State of the Nation’s Children publication is an outcome of the publication of the National Set of Child Well-Being Indicators in 2005. See here for additional information on the development of the indicator set including papers on children’s understanding of well-being and an inventory of key indicators when measuring children’s well-being.
State of the Nation’s Children Reports published to date can be found below.