YAP Ireland began a pilot with TESS in 2022 to provide intensive support to young people directly referred by Education Welfare Officers.

This early intervention is aimed at addressing underlying reasons that can impact young people relating to school refusal, issues with attendance and young people not achieving their educational goals.

YAP Ireland expanded the TESS programme across the country in 2023, working with 28 young people and families and we are currently in the process of expanding the programme so we can support even more young people in 2024 and beyond.

“It’s a great programme and one of the only things I look forward to every week.”

-Young Person on the YAP Ireland TESS programme

“All tricky cases need this intense level of support! The work they do is incredible, all my families that have finished with them cannot say enough good things about their experience and most importantly the young people are back at school.”

– TESS Referrer


The training and experience gained by Advocates through employment with YAP Ireland has long-term beneficial outcomes for you and your communities.