How are Children and Young People doing in your Trust area?

The Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership’s main aim is improving the lives of all our children and young people. A Northern Ireland Children’s Services Plan 2019-2021 has drawn up our approach to improving outcomes for children and young people along with agreeing key themes –which are the most important issues that will be taken forward in the Children and Young People’s Plan. 

Detailed Action Plans have been drawn up by each Outcomes Group across Northern Ireland which will provide more detail on how we are improving outcomes for children and young people.  We have therefore developed a new suite of interactive reports that shows how children and young people in each Trust area are doing in relation to the Government’s eight outcomes with information being updated regularly. 

To view reports click here and then click on “full screen” once loaded choose your Trust area.  Reports are available to be printed.

The Information collated in these reports is already being used by Children’s Services Planning Working Groups, together with needs assessment material collected from agencies, children and young people and communities, in the planning of services. It is also useful for locality partnerships, who can use it to help them plan better for children in a particular locality.

Portadown gets active again in Summer 2019

July saw the continuation of the Portadown Gets Active programme which aims to provide a positive and participatory response to the need to tackle holiday hunger and provide family support outside of school term time. 

The PGA summer programme is about fun, learning and food. It encourages young people to stay active during the summer months, attain a qualification and enjoy a healthy snack and lunch.


2019 also saw the 3rd Portadown Gets Active summer initiative get even bigger & better! Hosted in St. John the Baptist College, Oasis Youth Project in Portadown, lead community partner, worked closely with key partners to provide 9 days of activities, education and meals for around 140 children who were supported by a team of amazing Peer Mentors and Blue Crew peers.

Special thanks to all community and voluntary sector, statutory agencies, local schools and local government involved in the delivery of this year’s Portadown Gets Active programme and to the additional support provided by Craigavon-based Almac Group


Parenting NI – Time for Parents Support

Parenting NI Time for Parents support and listening ear service is available to parents/carers in Antrim and Strabane over the summer.

This free service is available to anyone who would like to talk over any parenting issue in confidence. Individuals can ring our Freephone line 08088010722 to make an appointment – or if they give a professional permission to make a referral on their behalf, we can then make direct contact with the individual to arrange an appointment.

Download Strabane flyer here

Download Antrim Flyer here

Wheelie Great Success in West Belfast!

Over the last six weeks Autism NI’s West Belfast Support Group supported children with a diagnosis of autism to learn how to ride a bike. The initiative, supported by the Belfast City Council Support for Sport: Small Development Grant, provided the children with an opportunity to ride a bike in a safe, supportive and structured environment.             

Aimed at enabling the children to cycle interdependently, the course provided a bespoke opportunity to work towards achieving an important milestone in the children’s lives.

L to R – Gregory Massey (Cycle Revolution), Oisin O’Rourke, Evren O’Prey, Eva McKeever, Rowan Mulholland, Kerry Boyd (CEO of Autism NI) and William Clarke

Autism NI CEO, Kerry Boyd, said: “It is fantastic to see so many of our children availing of such a fantastic initiative.  So many children take riding a bike for granted but for autistic children it means so much more as it supports the improvement of their gross motor skills and independence.  For this reason, I am so proud that the Balanceability initiative has been such a success and that the children have learned an important skill that will stay with them forever.’

Autism NI supports individuals and their families, and campaigns to raise awareness of Autism within the wider society. A local charity, it provides life-changing services for the 30,000 individuals living with Autism throughout Northern Ireland.

To find out more or for further information please call 028 9040 1729 or visit

Play Matters

The Children and Young People’s Strategy Team would be delighted if you could join us to celebrate PLAY MATTERS 10th September 2019, Clandeboye Estate, Bangor 9.30am until 1pm.

This small gathering will highlight the importance of play and leisure for children’s health and wellbeing and showcase the key elements of the EITP funded Play Matters project; Play Shaper, Play for Parents and Play Messaging Campaign. Come along and hear from those who have participated in the programme and help us celebrate the project’s success. You will also be offered the opportunity to visit ‘Clandeboye Nature Rangers’ one of Northern Ireland’s first Trust registered outdoor out of school projects which is situated deep within the Clandeboye Estate, Bangor.

Booking is essential as spaces are limited.  For more information and booking details visit

We look forward to welcoming you.