ESF+ Data Privacy Information

Step Up is part of the Youth Diversion Programme. The Youth Diversion Programme is co-financed by the Department of Justice and the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) as part of the Operational Programme “Employment, Inclusion, Skills and Training (EIST)”The data provided by you on this form will be collected and processed by Step Up in connection with your participation in the Youth Diversion Programme.

Personal data collected in connection with your engagement with Step Up will be shared with the Department of Justice and the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science for the purposes of monitoring, evaluating, managing, verifying and auditing the implementation of the Youth Diversion Programme.  The Department of Justice and the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science are Joint Data Controllers in respect of the data you provide in this form, and will only process that data in accordance with the GDPR[1] and their legal obligations under the Regulation (EU) 2021/1060, the European Social Fund Plus (EU) Regulation 2021/1057, and related delegated and implementing regulations (henceforth the “ESF+ Regulations”).  The legal basis which underpins the processing of special categories of data for ESF+ purposes is Articles 9(2)(g) and 9(2)(j) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Such data may also, from time to time, be shared with the European Commission, the European Court of Auditors and/or their agents for audit and verification purposes. Data will only be retained by the Joint Data Controllers for the period required to fulfil their obligations under the ESF+ Regulations.

Under the GDPR, Data Subjects, such as participants in ESF+ supported projects, have the right to request from the Data Controller access to their data, the right to request rectification or erasure of their data, the right to request that the processing of such data is restricted, and the right to data portability.  Any such requests should be addressed to

[1] General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679

Definitions for the questions


Participants with Disabilities: refers to persons with long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which, in interaction with various barriers, may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.

There are a number of different, but complementary, definitions of disability used in the State for various official purposes. As the definition of disability for the purposes of ESF+ data returns should be standard across all ESF+ supported activities, the criteria used by the CSO in recent Censuses should be used when deciding if this indicator applies or not to the participant. Therefore it should be considered if the participant has any one of the following long-lasting conditions –

  • blindness or a serious vision impairment,
  • deafness or a severe hearing impairment,
  • a difficulty with basic physical activities such as walking, climbing stairs, reaching, lifting or carrying,
  • an intellectual disability,
  • a difficulty with learning, remembering or concentrating,
  • a psychological or emotional condition, and
  • a difficulty with pain, breathing or any other chronic illness or condition.

In addition to the above, a person may be classified as being disabled if they encounter difficulties performing any of the following activities –

  • dressing, bathing or getting around inside the home (self-care disability)
  • going outside the home alone to shop or visit a doctor’s surgery (going outside the home disability)
  • working at a job or business or attending school or college (employment disability)
  • participating in other activities, such as leisure or using transport

For the purpose of recording a participant’s indicator data, it is not required to specify or record the particular conditions they have. Instead, it is recommended that participants are asked if they have one of the conditions listed above and, if so, they should be recorded as having a disability.


Third-Country Nationals: refers to persons who are not a citizen of the European Union including stateless persons and persons with undetermined nationality. The European Union consists of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.


Persons with a foreign background: refers to persons one or both of whose parents were born outside the State. In the Irish context, this should be understood to exclude persons one or both of whose parent(s) were born in Northern Ireland.

Care should be taken to ensure to report all persons who either have dual Irish nationality or were born outside the State, are reported as having a foreign background.   


Minorities (including marginalised communities such as Roma people): refers to persons belonging to a culture or ethnicity that is identifiably distinct from the ethnic majority (i.e. white) and which, in the main, refers to persons who are from ethnic/indigenous minorities such as black, Asian, the Roma or Traveller communities etc. 


Homeless or affected by housing exclusion: relates to a participant’s housing situation. Under the Housing Act 1988 you are considered homeless if one of the following applies to you:

  • There is no accommodation available that, in the opinion of the local authority, you and any other person who normally lives with you, can reasonably stay or remain in
  • You are living in a hospital, county home, night shelter or other such institution, and you are living there because you have no suitable accommodation
  • You are, in the opinion of the Local Authority, unable to provide accommodation from your own resources.

In addition to the definition above there are a variety of definitions of homelessness and housing exclusion in use across Europe, and the ESF MA recommends utilising the ETHOS (European Typology on Homelessness and Housing Exclusion) typology, which refers to four types of homelessness or housing exclusion –

  • rooflessness, i.e. living without shelter of any kind or living rough.
  • houselessness, i.e. with a place to sleep but temporarily, such as in institutions or shelters. Persons living in “emergency accommodation” would be considered to be “houseless” in this context.
  • living in insecure housing, i.e. threatened with housing exclusion due to insecure tenancies, eviction or domestic violence.
  • living in inadequate housing, i.e. in caravans on illegal sites, in unfit housing or extreme overcrowding.

Further information on the ETHOS typology can be found here –


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This leaflet is intended to give you information on what type of data is collected by Youth Diversion Projects (YDPs), why it is collected and who it is shared with. You should read this leaflet before signing the engagement consent forms. When signing the engagement consent forms you are agreeing to information sharing between the YDP and other relevant parties and agencies.


1. Purpose of Youth Diversion Projects (YDPs)

Step Up engages with children and young people at risk of or involved in criminal and/or anti-social behaviour. The Youth Diversion project may also provide supports to families of children and young people referred to the YDP. The project seeks to divert young people from entering or remaining within the youth justice system. YDPs work with young people and their families in their communities, taking a strengths-based approach to support positive change, enable them to reach their full potential and improve their long-term outcomes..

2. What type of personal data is collected by the Youth Diversion Projects?

The personal data collected by YDPs, may include;

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Address
  • Mobile number
  • Name of school/training centre/employment
  • Medical conditions that may impact participation on the project
  • Commencement date
  • Completion date
  • Highest Educational Attainment Achieved
  • Migrant/Foreign Background/Minority
  • Homeless or Affected by Housing Exclusion
  • Risk Assessment Data


Under the terms of the scheme, the Youth Diversion Project staff are required to seek all data from the young persons engaged or their family/guardian, however, you can refuse to disclose “sensitive” data if you wish.3. Why is data collected by the Youth Diversion Projects?

The personal data in relation to participants on YDPs is processed for the purpose of engaging with the child or young person to help divert them from antisocial/offending behaviour and to ensure that their individual needs are met. In addition, data is collected for the purpose of funding as per item no.6.

4. Sharing of personal data

The personal data collected by the Youth Diversion Project (as listed in point 2 above) may be shared with other relevant parties and agencies including An Garda Síochána, Schools, Social Workers, counsellors etc. who are working in partnership with the YDP to ensure that the participant receives the support that they need. All information shared for this purpose will be maintained in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1988, 2003 & 2018.   

5. Funding

YDPs are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union as part of the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) Employment, Inclusion, Skills and Training (EIST) Operational Programme 2021-2027.

6. Further sharing of data relating to the funding process

Data, which does not directly identify participants, may be shared with the following bodies for the purposes of funding;


  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science
  • University of Limerick
  • European Union agencies
  • MHS Assessments
  • Other relevant bodies which the Department of Justice may decide from time to time for the purpose of conducting evaluations and research.


It is important to note that any information shared with any agencies listed above or the EU will not include any identifying information such as name, address etc. This is known as Pseudonymisation. Only the project will hold identifying information which will only be accessed by staff onsite in the project and may be accessed by auditors but not removed from project site.


The pseudonymised data shared with the above agencies is limited to;

  • Gender
  • Date of Birth
  • Commencement Date
  • Completion Date
  • Migrant/Foreign Background/Minority
  • Third Country National
  • Person with Disability
  • Homeless or Affected by Housing Exclusion


The data is required by these bodies for the following reasons:

  • To help in the assessment of outcomes for YDP participants and show that YDPs are providing an effective service
  • To meet reporting requirements in relation to EU funding and ensure continued funding for YDPs as per the EU Common Provisions Regulation (EU) 2021/1060 and the ESF+ Regulation (EU) 2021/1057
  • To guide and inform the development of policy in relation to youth crime
  • For audit and verification purposes.


7. Legal basis for processing your personal data

The YDPs legal basis for collecting and processing this data is as follows:

You consent to providing your personal data for the purpose specified above. Note: You may withdraw your consent at any time, and we will delete your data.


8. Security of personal data


The personal data collected will be stored securely with Step Up (CABRA for Youth Clg)


9. Contact for queries


The contact for queries is Step Up (CABRA for youth Clg) Parkside Sports and Community Centre  Ratoath Road Cabra Dublin 7


10. How long will the personal data be retained

The personal data collected by the YDPs will be stored for XX

11. How to Request a copy of your Young Person’s Personal Data

You can request a copy of you and or your child/young person’s personal data by contacting Step Up (CABRA for youth Clg) Parkside Sports and Community Centre  Ratoath Road Cabra Dublin 7

12. Your Rights in relation to your Personal Data

  1. You have the right to rectify any inaccuracies in your data. To do this you should write to Step Up (CABRA for youth Clg) Parkside Sports and Community Centre  Ratoath Road Cabra Dublin 7 documenting the inaccuracies which need to be rectified.  The right to rectification is not absolute and each request will be considered on its own merits.
  1. You have the right, where appropriate, to obtain erasure of your data and/or a restriction on the processing of your data as well as the right to object to the processing of your data. To do this you should write to the Step Up (CABRA for youth Clg) as set out above.  The right to erasure, restriction or objection is not absolute and each request will be considered on its own merits.
  1. You have the right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Commission (DPC). You can contact the DPC by webforms on their website or by post to:

 21 Fitzwilliam Square South
Dublin 2           
D02 RD28