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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 2223 young people matched since January 2011 to end December 2017. The profile of young people and families remains consistent which indicates the right young people are being referred to the YAP service. 


The profile is of 2223 young people matched from 2011 to the end of 2017, 57% Boys and 43% Girls with 18% aged <10-12; 51% aged 13-15 and 31% aged 16-18+.
87% described themselves as Irish, 5% from an Irish Traveller background, 4% African or Asian and 3% Eastern European/Other.

Care Status

The information shows that 68% were living at home while 32% were in the care system (including those living with extended family). 

Education Status

80% were in education or alternative education,
 with 60% of those in education attending regularly. 

Mental Health or Disability Diagnosis

74% of young people had no diagnosis of mental health issues. 
7% were awaiting an assessment. 

Service and Community Links

43% of young people were linking in with one or more community services per week while 55% 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

75% of young people had never been arrestedA family member had been convicted in 23% of families, while 59% did not have that experience and the information was unknown in 18% of cases.

Family Background

Of the 1588 cases where the information was provided on primary carers, 2% of parents/carers were aged 18 – 29, 68% were aged 30 – 44, 28% were aged 45 – 64, and 2% of carers were aged 65+. 

54% 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.

47% of cases have a family history of drug or alcohol misuse, 41% did not and for 12% the information was unknown.

75% of primary carers had a full medical card, 21% did not and 4% had a GP only card.