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Profile of Our Young People and Families

We gather information on service users to give us a picture of the overall demographic profile of the young people and families we work with. This is useful information for research purposes, to focus the service on the needs of our service users and to inform our advocacy work on policy and service change. 

The profile information is for 1726 young people matched since January 2011 to end December 2016. The profile of young people and families remains consistent which indicates the right young people are being referred to the YAP service. The primary change this year is the increase in the number of ethnic minority young people we are working with which reflects the more diverse society in Ireland.


The profile is of 1726 young people matched from 2011 to the end of 2016, 57% Boys and 43% Girls with 18% aged <10-12; 56% aged 13-15 and 26% aged 16-18+.
89% described themselves as Irish, 4% from an Irish Traveller background, 4% African or Asian and 3% Eastern European/Other.

Care Status

The information shows that 75% were living at home while 25% were in the care system. 

Education Status

85% were in education or alternative education
with a further 15% not in education, employment or training, with 60% of those in education attending regularly. 

Mental Health or Disability Diagnosis

66% of young people had no diagnosis of mental health or disability. 
Of those who did 23% were diagnosed with behavioural issues such as ADHD or ADD, while 13% were on the autistic spectrum, 31% had an intellectual disability, 25% had a Mental Health diagnosis and 7% were awaiting an assessment. 

Service and Community Links

41% of young people were linking in with one or more community services per week while 59% were not. This shows the level of isolation often experienced by young people and families in difficulty and it is a primary focus of YAP to build long lasting positive community and social links – “A Hobby for Life.”

Safety and Offending Behaviour

76% of young people had never been arrestedA family member had been convicted in 24% of families, while 56% did not have that experience and the information was unknown in 20% of cases.

Family Background

Of the 1424 cases where the information was provided on primary carers, 2% of parents/carers were aged 18 – 29, 69% were aged 30 – 44, 27% were aged 45 – 64, and 2% of carers were aged 65+. 

53% of families are single parent households. 

24% of primary carers were in employment with the majority of the other primary carers describing themselves as working full-time in the home.

48% of cases have a family history of drug or alcohol misuse, 38% did not and for 14% the information was unknown.

64% of primary carers had a full medical card, 19% did not and 3% had a GP only card. This information was unknown for 14% of primary carers.