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Databases

Databases Covering All Aspects of Children’s Lives

ChildData & ChildStats (National Children’s Bureau) - DCYA access only

Child Link - DYCA access only

Irish Child Health Database
This database represents the output from a systematic review of the peer-reviewed published literature on Irish Child Health from 2000 to 2008. It identifies 3,229 articles reporting on aspects of health and research on children, of which 2,152 papers reported findings from individual research studies. It is searchable by author, title, aims / objectives, thematic index terms, keywords or study type. The database will continue to be updated at intervals. The work was undertaken by the Child Health Epidemiology Unit of the Health Research Board for the Department of Health and Children (DCYA). While every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of information included in the Irish Child Health Database database, the DCYA is not responsible for any omissions, inaccuracies or changes in content made by any organisation included in the resource. Inclusion of material in this database should not be interpreted as an endorsement of either the authors or of their work.

Irish Children in Detention and Out of Home Care Database
The original database produced by the CAAB covered 230 plus Irish research documents from 1990 to early 2009, and the database is updated annually. The inventory listing can be accessed by searching by keyword or by sector, publisher, author, and year. Once you click on your chosen publication you will then be directed to a short summary of topics covered and information sources, with the option to download/access the publication if it is available to download free of charge. The publications are classified into the following sectors: Foster Care; Mainstream Residential Care; Children in Special Care and High Support; Children in Detention.

Irish Child Protection Database
The original database produced by the CAAB covered 190 publications from 1990 to 2009, and the database is updated annually. The inventory listing can be accessed by searching by keyword or by the headings – primary subject area (type of abuse), sector, focus of research, type of publication, commissioning body/publisher, author and year. Once you click on your chosen publication you will then be directed to a short summary of topics covered, type of study and information sources, with the option to download/access the publication if it is available to download free of charge. The publications are classified into the following subject areas or types of abuse: Physical abuse; Emotional/psychological abuse; Sexual abuse; Neglect; Exposure to domestic violence; Cross subject.

Irish Inter-agency Co-operation Database
The original database produced by the CAAB included 140 plus research publications produced from 1990 to 2008, and the database is updated annually. The inventory listing can be accessed by searching by keyword or under the following headings - category, focus of publication, type of publication, commissioning body/publisher, author, and year. Once you click on your chosen publication you will then be directed to a short summary of topics covered and information sources, with the option to download/access the publication if it is available to download free of charge. The publications are classified into the following categories: Literature reviews of inter-agency co-operation (international and Irish); Review of Irish public policy initiatives with inter-agency co-operation in the areas of social inclusion, drugs, local development, education and probation; Individual literature on inter-agency co-operation in Irish children’s services (education, health and welfare, and youth justice); Cross sectoral public policy/strategy.

Child Trends

US research organization collects and analyzes data; conducts, synthesizes, and disseminates research; designs and evaluates programs; and develops and tests promising approaches to research in the field. Research areas include Child Well-Being, including child abuse, neglect, and family violence; early childhood development; education; foster care/adoption; health; and youth development. Marriage/Family, including adolescent sexual behaviour; family strengths; and fatherhood. Research Methods. Welfare and Poverty.

Online Resource Bank (ORB) Children’s Database 
Central source in Northern Ireland for research on all aspects of children’s lives. Sponsored by the Children and Young People's Unit in the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister. The framework for the search categories is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Social Care Online
UK database of social care information includes research briefings, reports, government documents, journal articles, and websites.  Contains section on families, children and young people.

Databases Covering Particular Aspects of Children’s Lives

Campbell Collaboration
International collaboration providing evidence-based information for policy makers, researchers and practitioners through systematic reviews of studies about the effects of interventions in the social, behavioural and educational arenas. Maintains four registers of studies: Crime & Justice; Education; Methods; and Social Welfare.

Child Abuse, Child Welfare & Adoption

Free on registering. International database made available via the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse & Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse.  US focus.

Children Youth and Environments Database
Part of the Children Youth and Environments journal site.  Contains references to books, book reviews, dissertations, reports, and articles on children, youth and their environments.  Can limit to full-text availability. Date range from 1960’s onwards with a focus on the physical environment and children.

Early Childhood Care and Education Research Database

Contains the content of the Centre for Early Childhood Development & Education Audit of Research on Early Childhood Care and Education in Ireland 1990-2003 and updated continually. Search by keyword.  Citation only database. No full-text links or abstracts.

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
Index to education literature 1966 onwards.  Full-text links to many documents. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Irish Work Life Balance Research
The research section of the website contains an inventory of publications selected from the original 15 EU member states, including Ireland, along with the US, Australia and New Zealand. The focus is on English language publications produced from 1990 to 2005 and preference has been given to publications that are comparatively easy to obtain and are most relevant to the Irish situation. Categories are: Family Friendly/Work life balance arrangements; Flexibility and working time; Care Responsibilities and Other relevant aspects.

North South Child Protection Hub
The North South Child Protection Hub is an on-line child protection resource exclusively dedicated to the sharing, dissemination and development of knowledge and research in the field of child protection. It brings together published materials on child protection, including: research findings; professional journal articles; policy, procedural and good practice guidance; legislation; inspection, review and inquiry reports; media articles; training information and relevant court judgements. It includes publications from Ireland, Northern Ireland and international sources. The Hub will also offer other facilities to its members including: weekly alerts for those with specialist interests; calendar events; questions section; information features. The Hub, launched on 10th November 2010, is an output of the North South Child Protection Research and Knowledge Transfer Subgroup.  This resource can be accessed through a membership username and password.