The O'Sullivan Family Trust is currently funding two doctoral students as part of an important initiative at NUI Galway's UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre. The Centre is working closely with Tusla (Ireland's Child and Family Agency) to transform child and family services in Ireland. According to John Canavan, Associate Director of the Centre, "this research is contributing to the development of policy and practice that will assist areas such as keeping children out of care and protecting children's rights."
The O'Sullivan Family Trust Scholarships gives scholars a valuable opportunity to develop their own expertise, be recognised as experts in their field and contribute to the much-needed development of policy and practice.
Their support funds two doctorate students who are tasked by the UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre to critically evaluate Tusla in the areas of
- Improving Children's meaningful participation in services delivered for them by Tusla
- Assessing the implementation of the 'Meitheal Programme' which is a radical new assessment and intervention tool which ensures integrated family and child supports services are identified and delivered for children.