'How are our kids?' It's a simple and straightforward question - one that any parent in Ireland will occasionally ask. In the case of Tallaght West this question is particularly urgent. The research presented in this document shows that the majority of children in Tallaght West are carrying a disproportionate burden of the inequality and poverty whichexists in Irish society as a whole - at least one in three children in this area is likely to beliving in poverty. Before the parents and guardians of these children can answer 'our kids are doing well' change is required and that change must be lasting.
This research is part of the Childhood Development Initiative in Tallaght West. We are asking 'how are our kids?' because we know that, on various levels, many are not doing well and we are determined to do something about it. We want to know how these children and families are coping in the midst of challenging circumstances. We want to know exactly what conditions exist that support their developmental capacities, so that these can be built upon. We want to obtain a better understanding of what their actual needs are so that we can advocate for, and put in place, services that meet those needs.