CYPSP Regional ACE Reference Group

The Regional ACE Reference Group met in Girdwood Community Centre, on 23 November 2018. Representation from the Trauma Network was welcomed to the group. The group signed of the ACE presentation which will be used to explain the roll out of ACE Awareness across Northern Ireland. A logic model to support the work was also agreed.  Both the presentation and the logic model are now available on the Regional ACE Reference Group webpage

The group heard about a range of activity from member agencies to support ACE awareness/Trauma informed practice. CYPSP, for its part, continues through Locality Groups and Family Support Hubs to support activities around the Resilience documentary.

The Five Nation ACE Special Interest Group met in Dublin on 28th and 29th November. The meeting was hosted by TUSLA. On the evening of 28th November an event was hosted by the Irish Prison Service in the women’s prison. The Irish Prison Service are very committed to trauma informed practice and the event represented an important opportunity to hear about   their work with a very vulnerable population. The full meeting of the group looked at developments across the five nations in promoting ACE awareness /trauma informed practice. A common agenda has emerged across the different countries around ACEs.

Inclusive Communities – Building Services for all Children and Young People – Video Launched

Please feel free to download and share our video from the event …….

The Southern Area Outcomes Group along with the Armagh LPG hosted a workshop on 17th May in the EPICentre Armagh, on Inclusive Communities – Building Services for all Children and Young People across the Armagh and Dungannon area. Attendees were presented with best practice on how groups can be more open and inclusive to young people with a disability, including an information pack of easy steps on how to make your service more accessible; presentations on experiences of good practice from service providers, and “Ask the Expert” a service user perspective. Download presentations here.

Overall 70 people attended the event, representing 31 different services and organisations with a marketplace set up where 15 services/ organisations were able to share their expertise.


Disability Inclusion Workshop – Newry LPG

Newry Locality Planning Group are hosting a Disability inclusion Workshop at Newry Youth Resource Centre on Thursday 24th May 9.30 am – 4pm. The aim of the day is to identify current provision in the Newry LPG area for children and young people with a disability and/or additional needs, including family support, and to identify barriers to participation. This will help identify priorities and actions for the Newry LPG and further direction of its work …….. Download Flyer

RSVP to Darren Curtis, Locality Development Officer on or 07725232566

5th Annual Social Work Research Conference Outcomes Report

This Report has been produced based on the outcomes from the 5th Annual Social Work and Social Care Research Conference hosted on 7th March 2018 at Belfast Castle. The event was entitled: “How do we know if social work makes a difference? Issues in evaluating complex interventions”

Download Report here

The Event was hosted by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) with support from the Research and Development Division of the Public Health Agency, (HSC R&D Division) the conference is now well and truly recognised as an important event in the social work calendar. Attendance by over 130 delegates and speakers drawn from management, practice, academia (tutors and students) research and service users and carers demonstrates the ever increasing and diverse interest in research and evidence in social work. In response to the call for abstracts the event also highlighted the willingness of local researchers and social work practitioners to contribute to that evidence base by presenting, orally and in poster format, the outcomes of work undertaken in their own areas of practice.

The National Autistic Society NI – Juniors Club Short Video

The National Autistic Society NI runs a Juniors Club which caters for young people with autism and complex needs who require 1-1 0r sometimes 2-1 support. They have been running this group for three years and have just recently made a short video of their activities which they thought you might like to see. The club operates every other Saturday from 2-5.  Please feel free to share.