Service Audit and Needs Analysis of Children’s Services in Meath

Meath Children's Services Committee


Type of work

Evaluation | Research

What they wanted

The Meath Children’s Services Committee are tasked with supporting integrated working between children’s services in the county, to promote positive outcomes for children. As part of this role, the committee required that a comprehensive audit of services and needs analysis be undertaken, to support planning an decision making. In 2013, we were commissioned to undertake this research.

What we did

Over a six month period, we developed a full list of service providers working with children in the county of Meath. These ranged from sports and recreation services, to youth mental health, criminal justice and statutory social work services. In addition to developing a comprehensive service directory, we undertook several focus groups as well as over 35 interviews. A 200 page report was developed which set out the surest status of children’s services in the county, as well as identifying 20 key recommendations.

What they said

It’s great to see this kind of analysis that I and the community can learn from, this is the first time we have done this kind of research on the distribution of resources.

Gordon Jeyes / CEO / Child and Family Agency