The Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) brings together a range of agencies, including voluntary and community sector organisations, that aim to improve the lives of children and young people in Northern Ireland.
In the past, despite best efforts, everyone who worked with children and young people provided services separately which only created problems for children and young people, and their families and wasted resources. The CYPSP aims to plan and provide services for children and young people more efficiently by making joint decisions about the services needed, and funding these services together. Importantly, the CYPSP emphasizes a rights-based approach to its work. This means planning services that uphold children’s rights and encouraging children, young people and their parents to participate in the process.
The CYPSP works at four different levels which involve partnership working between statutory agencies, voluntary and community organisations, children and young people, and parents.
The CYPSP sets the strategic direction of the planning and provision of jointly agreed services. The membership consists of the leadership of all the key agencies. The CYPSP has four core themes: communicating with government, early intervention, resource optimisation and the integration of planning.
- Five Outcomes Groups work in the same geographic areas as the Health and Social Care Trusts. They perform the integrated planning and provision of services for their geographic region.
- A number of regional subgroups address the needs of specific groups of children and young people across Ireland.
- Locality Planning Groups are partnerships between children and young people, families, communities and representatives of agencies at a local level. They plan services in a very local area that makes sense to the children and young people.
- Family Support Hubs work directly with children, young people and their families to make sure that they have easy access to preventative and early intervention services to meet identified need at the earliest possible stage.
- Learn more about the CYPSP...
Regional Emergency Social Work Service (RESWS)
A new regional out of hours social work service will commence at 5pm on Wednesday 29 May 2013.
This service will be available to the population of Northern Ireland and will replace all existing local arrangements. This is an emergency service to be used only when you need a social worker urgently, after hours.
The RESWS will provide an emergency response across the five Health and Social Care trust areas in Northern Ireland on an out of hour’s basis i.e. from 5pm-9am weekdays and on a 24 hour basis at weekends and bank holidays.
For more information click here.
Family and Parenting Support in Challenging Times
On 7 May 2013 Eurochild, in cooperation with the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, organized a round table debate on 'Family and parenting support in challenging times'. Representatives of CYPSP attended the round table. The event aimed to promote a wider understanding at EU level of what family and parenting support is, to explore what is needed to support parenting and to examine the lessons learned in this field and propose possible ways to put those lessons into practice.Download a copy of the conference summary here
For more information contact Maurice Leeson Children's Services Planning Professional Advisor, by e-mail or tel: (028) 553972
Message from the Chair of the CYPSP Looked After Children/Youth Homelessness 16+ Sub Group
Your views are being sought about how to improve outcomes for looked after children and young people across Northern Ireland. A regional sub group with membership from the statutory, voluntary and community sectors has been set up by the Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership- the Looked After Children/Youth Homelessness 16+ (LAC/16+) Sub Group.
The LAC/16+ Sub Group are consulting about the most concerning issues affecting this specific group of children, young people and their families. The responses received from this consultation will inform the actions plan for this group, which form part of the Northern Ireland Children and Young People's Plan. The consultation will run for 12 weeks and will end on 6th August 2013.
We are encouraging as many people as possible to have their say and would encourage you to distribute this as far and wide as possible.
BME Action Plan Consultation Now Closed!
The public consultation for the BME subgroup action plan has now closed. A number of responses were received and a significant number of children, young people and parents were consulted with. Participation Network facilitated a consultation with children and young people at the recent BELONG showcase and Children's court event. A total of 85 children and young people were consulted with. The ages of those involved ranged between 6-20 years old.
64 parents were also consulted through the BME Parents Reference Group, facilitated by Parenting NI. The views of organisations, children, young people and parents will prove vital as the BME subgroup review the consultation responses and finalise their action plan.
Download Parenting NI's Parents Reference Group consultation
Family Fun and Information Event in Rural Dungannon
The CYPSP Rural Dungannon Locality Planning Group are working in partnership with local schools to launch a family fun and information event in Fivemiletown College. Come along to find out more about services in your area and have some fun with your family!
Date: 21 June 2013
Venue: Fivemiletown College Youth Annex [Directions]
Time: 2.00 - 5.50pm
For more information contact: Julie Bolton (CYPSP) on
07725 232566 or by e-mail.