Rita Melia, UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, Recipient of Fulbright-NUI Student Awards 2016

Conference highlights and keynote speaker presentations available now

A New Research Partnership between J.K. Rowling’s International Children’s Organisation Lumos and NUI Galway

Youth Leadership & Community Action Certificate Programme Graduates, Saturday, 17th October

UNESCO Chair Professor Pat Dolan and Cillian Murphy actor and patron of the UNESCO Child and Family Research centre meet with Irina Bokova Director General of UNESCO

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