The Educational Disadvantage Centre has been awarded the tender for a study on the education needs of children experiencing homelessness, led by Grainne McKenna, School of Language Literacy and Early Childhood Education and Dr. Ger Scanlon, School of Human Development.
The purpose of the research, commissioned by the Children’s Rights Alliance, is to identify the issues for children and recommend practical solutions to the Department of Education and Skills and the Educational Welfare Services in Tusla (the Child and Family Agency) that will make a real difference for children.
Key policy-makers and legislators will have a greater awareness and understanding of education needs for children experiencing homelessness.
This is a potentially very significant initial study as there is a major research and policy gap at national level regarding the educational impact of homelessness and temporary accommodation.
The Children’s Rights Alliance will disseminate and promote the study widely to its members, to Government, key statutory players, members of the Oireachtas, the media and beyond.