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