The Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme

The Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme is a prevention and early intervention programme that seeks to invest in effective services that improve outcomes for children and families living in areas of disadvantage. It has a particular emphasis on improving health, educational and social outcomes for children and young people, and on improving the effectiveness of existing services for them.

Through ABC, funding and support are given to a collaboration of services in areas selected by Government as meeting ABC objectives. These local consortia co-ordinate the planning and delivery of services in their area with principal areas of focus under the Programme being:

  • Child Health & Development,
  • Children’s Learning,
  • Parenting, and
  • Integrated Service Delivery.

The ABC aims to break the cycle of child poverty within areas where it is most deeply entrenched and where children are most disadvantaged, through integrated and effective services and interventions.

A key aim is to ensure that learning should be evidence-based and can be mainstreamed i.e. embedded into effective practices in mainstream services for maximum impact and sustainability. The National evaluation of the ABC Programme is expected to be completed in 2018.

The ABC Programme builds on the learning from the previous Prevention and Early Intervention Programme (PEIP) 2006-2013, which was co-funded by DCYA and the Atlantic Philanthropies and delivered across three areas of disadvantage in Dublin.

Historically the programme has been co-funded by DCYA and The Atlantic Philanthropies, however in 2018 funding will be provided by DCYA only.

Pobal works with the Centre for Effective Services to manage programme delivery and an interdepartmental project team, chaired by DCYA, oversees the ABC. Pobal’s role also includes,

  • Fiscal management and grant administration (managing payments on projects and monitoring expenditure).
  • Governance – Pobal issues contracts for projects and update grant agreements following any agreed changes to project delivery.
  • Supports to programme developments – Pobal advised ABC funders on initial project assessment and selection. It also collaborates on programme design, delivery and management.

ABC Areas

BallymunYoung Ballymun
Dublin NorthsideNorthside Partnership, Preparing for Life
Tallaght WestTallaght West Childhood Development Initiative Ltd. (CDI)
ClondalkinClondalkin Behavioural Initiative Ltd. t/a Archways
LouthLouth Leader Partnership
FinglasBarnardos Republic of Ireland Ltd.
GrangegormanDublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
KnocknaheeneyNorthside Community Health Initiative (Cork) Ltd. (NICHE)
Dublin DocklandsEarly Learning Initiative, National College of Ireland (NCI)
BrayBray Area Partnership (BAP)
LimerickPeople Action Against Unemployment Ltd. (PAUL Partnership)
Ballyfermot / ChapelizodBallyfermot/Chapelizod Partnership
AreaLead Organisation