Sub-Groups

Galway CYPSC has established six Sub Groups which are:

  • Healthy and Active 0 - 3 year olds
  • Parental Mental Health and its Impact on Children
  • Supporting Transitions from Pre-school to Primary School
  • Internet Safety for Children and Young People
  • Prevention Partnership and Family Support
  • Social Inclusion

These address issues which have a significant impact on children, young people and families in Galway. Each subgroup has identified clear aims and objectives and an evidence informed action plan to improve outcomes for children, young people and families.

Other achievements include:

  • The publication of a Transitions Booklet called "This is Me/Seo Mise" which supports the transition from Pre-school to Primary School and the presentation of this work at two national conferences
  • Research of the views and experiences of parents and children who have been in the Child Protection Conference System, which is the first research of its kind in the Country
  • Supporting children who are vulnerable as a result of conflict in the home through the training of twelve staff from Galway in the Helping Hands Programme which is a preventative education programme for primary school children
  • Supporting the development of positive relationships between young people and the Gardai in a rural village

Healthy and Active 0 - 3 year olds

Chair: Evelyn Fanning, Health Promotion Officer

National Outcome: Active and healthy, physical and mental wellbeing

The ambition of this subgroup is to help give every child in Galway City the best start in life. A good foundation in the early years makes a difference through adulthood and even gives the next generation a better start.

Parental Mental Health and its Impact on Children

Chair: Clare Gormley, Principal Psychologist

National Outcome: Active and healthy, physical and mental wellbeing

This subgroup is working to ensure that appropriate services and supports are available in Galway for children and young people who are affected by issues in relation to their parents mental health. A particular focus is on strengthening the links between services.

Supporting Transitions from Pre-school to Primary School

Co-Chairs: Mary Giblin, Manager, Galway City and County Childcare Committee and Irene Cafferkey, Manager Roscommon County Childcare Committee

National Outcome: Achieving full potential in learning and development

This subgroup was established to support the transition of children from Pre-school to Primary School and launched a booklet called "This Is Me/Seo Mise" in April 2016. The aim of this group is that all children starting Junior Infants in Galway in September 2016 will do so with the support of this booklet.

Internet Safety Subgroup 

Chair: Marie Gibbons, Researcher for CYPSC

National Outcome: Safe and protected from harm

The overall aim of the Internet Safety Subgroup of the CYPSC is to develop and implement specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-framed (SMART) actions which will achieve better outcomes for children and young people in Galway and in relation to the issue of Internet safety.

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Prevention Partnership and Family Support Subgroup

Chair: Susan Forde, Family Support Manager

National Outcome: Safe and protected from harm

This subgroup is responsible for overseeing the implementation of Meitheal and the implementation of the Parenting Support Strategy and the Participation Strategy. It will also carry out a mapping exercise in relation to parenting supports in the City and County.

Social Inclusion Subgroup

Chair: Angela Toolis, Area Manager, Tusla

National Outcome: Connected, respected and contributing to their world.

Set up to explore issues of social inclusion as they relate to children and young people, this subgroup has three strands which are to support the development of homework support programmes for children living in Ballybane, to explore issues for children living in direct provision and to support children and young people who are living with a disability.