About Us

The YPAR Initiative (Dublin North Inner City) is an actions focused, trust-based and practitioner led  interagency network of statutory, voluntary and community projects and services. Established in 2004, it works to meet the needs of young people at risk and their families in the area through a collaborative and co-ordinated approach aimed at improving all aspects of the young person’s life.  YPAR defines a young person at risk as a child/young person aged 0 to 25 years experiencing significant personal, family, educational or social problems.

YPAR’s purpose is to improve the supports to children and young people and their families in Dublin NIC through an interagency approach. To do this YPAR works to establish trusting relationships to ensure that agencies and workers have a good understanding of the work of different services and projects, have developed effective working relationships and practices together, and are supported to work in a culture of cooperation, trust and appreciation.

 YPAR,  is managed by an interagency Steering Committee made up of representatives from the  statutory, voluntary and community sectors:

YPAR Stakeholders

YPAR includes a wide range of community, voluntary and statutory stakeholders as listed below.

Community and Voluntary sector:

  • ICON – network of 65 local community groups and youth services
  • Local young people
  • Community & Neighbourhood Youth Services
  • Family Support Services
  • Community Mental Health Services
  • Lourdes Youth and Community Service
  • Family Resources Centre
  • Community Addiction Service

Probation Service

  • Tusla Child and Family Agency
  • City of Dublin Youth Service Board
  • Irish Youth Justice Service
  • Dublin City Council (Local Government Authority)
  • An Garda Siochana (Police)
  • HSE
  • Probation Service

YPAR Vision & Mission



To live in a place of hope, equality and opportunity where young people and their family’s dreams are realised



To promote and develop an inclusive approach through integration and partnership of services and agencies working with children, young people and families that serve their needs and enables them to realise their potential.


  1. To identify and respond to gaps and deficiencies in systems, structures and supports, working in partnership with services and agencies that will result in better outcomes and protect the safety and welfare of children, young people and families
  2. Promote, support and maintain appropriate interagency mechanisms including the Meitheal Practice Model and other areas of integration best practice.
  3. Identify and overcome blockages to progressive pathways of education, training and employment for children, young people and families in the NIC.
  4. Combat all forms of discrimination and enable minority ethnic children, young people and families to realise their potential and be active members of their community.
  5. Deliver creative ways to ensure the meaningful participation and voices & views of children, young people and adults are heard and acted upon.
  6. To promote and advocate for responsive policies for children, young people and families and promote this through active lobbying of appropriate agencies.
  7. To evaluate, monitor and measure progress of YPAR interventions to learn what works and what doesn’t.