NYCI to launch report on the youth work sector’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic


The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) will launch ‘A Review of the Youth Work Sector Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic’ tomorrow, Monday, 28th September, at 1.30pm via Zoom.

The research report will be officially launched by Roderic O’Gorman TD, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

The research findings will focus on:

  • The impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on ‘at risk’ young people;
  • The challenges of digital working and service delivery for youth workers; and
  • Good-practice examples of youth services that responded proactively and effectively in the face of the pandemic

Speaking in advance of the launch, Mary Cunningham, CEO of NYCI, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the indispensable role youth workers play in supporting young people nationwide, particularly those who are marginalised and ‘at risk’. Youth workers have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to deliver vital services and supports.

“However, the research findings show the pandemic has exposed systemic inequalities faced by ‘at risk’ young people. Therefore, the launch of the research report will be an important reminder about the value of a sufficiently resourced youth work sector in tackling youth inequalities.”

Advanced copies of the report are available to journalists upon request. A Zoom link to the launch is also available upon request.


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