Organisations from statutory, voluntary and community sectors work together to develop partnerships, action plans and services to improve outcomes for children and young people.
What are Outcomes Groups
|‘The five Outcomes Groups are responsible for the integrated planning and commissioning of services at a geographic level that is consistent with the Health and Social Care Trusts across Northern Ireland. Their membership reflects that of the CYPSP in that it includes representatives from statutory agencies and the community and voluntary sector.’|
Location of Outcomes Groups
Progress to date…
The five Outcomes Groups are multi agency cross sectoral (Voluntary, Statutory and Community sectors) sub groups of the CYPSP.
Their main role is to monitor the six high level outcomes and through each partnership make the necessary changes to services and supports so families can ensure children and young people are healthy, enjoying, learning and achieving, living in safety and with stability, experiencing economic and environmental wellbeing, participating in community and with society and are living in a society which respects their rights.
The five CYPSP Outcomes Groups – Belfast, Northern, South Eastern, Southern and Western have continued to implement the NI Children and Young People’s Plan 2011-14 over the past year. In January 2012 they began the year with 12 week public consultations. They asked for the views of the public and in particular thoughts from children, young people and parents in relation to what they thought should be the priority areas for action in the coming years. They set out initial findings of the OG’s work in analysing statistics to measure the outcomes, research and local knowledge from members and the Locality Planning Groups about issues arising and about gaps in services and supports. The response was very high with a great deal of interest in the work. Taking on board what people said 5 Action Plans were drawn up and presented to the CYPSP. These documents are available on the website. These are “live” documents with the OG’s keen to be responsive to emerging needs throughout the year. These action plans will inform the commissioning of family support early intervention services. Over the past 2 years early intervention services to the value of £1m have been commissioned by the HSCB through procurement arrangements with HSCTs in response to priorities identified by the Outcomes Group Action Plans. The Groups are continuing to make sure they are representative of local communities by overseeing the development of Locality Planning as well as improving co-ordination through the development of family support hubs. For more information and how to contact your local Outcomes Group.