Resources

Welcome to our Resources section where you will find practical CYPSC resources, CYPSC publications and national policy documents that have informed the development of Children and Young People's Services Committees in Ireland.

Children and Young People’s Plans (CYPP)

Carlow 

Carlow CYPSC Children and Young People's Plan 2011 - 2013

Dublin City

Dublin City CSC Children and Young People's Plan 2011-2014

Fingal 

Fingal CSC Children and Young People's Plan 2011-2013

Kerry 

Kerry CYPSC Children and Young People's Plan 2014-2017

Kerry CSC Children and Young People's Plan 2011-2013

Kildare

Kildare CYPSC Children and Young People's Plan 2015-2017

Kildare CSC Children and Young People's Plan 2011-2013

Limerick 

Limerick CYPSC Children and Young People's Plan 2015-2018

Limerick CSC Children and Young People's Plan 2011-2014

Longford Westmeath 

Longford Westmeath CSC Children and Young People's Plan 2011-2013

Louth

Louth CSC Children and Young People's Plan 2012-2014

Meath

Meath CSC Children and Young People's Plan 2012-2015

South Dublin 

South Dublin CSC Children and Young People's Plan 2011-2013

Tipperary

South Tipperary CSC Children and Young People's Plan 2013-2016

Waterford

Waterford CYPSC Children and Young People's Plan 2016-2018

Wicklow 

Wicklow CYPSC Children and Young People's Plan 2016-2018

Wicklow CSC Children and Young People's Plan 2012-2015

CYPSC Resources and Publications

CYPSC Planning and Reporting Framework

The Children and Young People’s Services Committees Initiative Planning and Reporting Framework sets out the parameters within which CYPSC planning and reporting will be conducted.  It is an overarching guide for all CYPSC stakeholders on the CYPSC planning and reporting cycle.  The framework is a living CYPSC resource to be developed and modified as required. 

Click here to read the CYPSC Planning and Reporting Framework

Local Community Development Committees (LCDC) –
Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC)
Guidance Document

This document describes how Local Community Development Committees (LCDC) and Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) will work together to ensure the best outcomes for all children and young people in each LCDC area. The document also sets out how engagement between the structures should be progressed.

Click here to read the guidance.

An audit of C&V sector membership of Children and Young People’s Services Committees

An audit of community and voluntary sector membership of Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) was undertaken by the National Co-ordinator for CYPSC in August 2016.  The purpose of the audit was to develop an overall picture of the nature and level of community and voluntary (C&V) sector representation on CYPSC.  

Click here to read the report.

Blueprint for the Development of Children and Young People’s Services Committees

The Blueprint aims to chart the development of CYPSC operationally and strategically over the next number of years within the broader context of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014 - 2020.

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CYPSC information leaflet

A short information leaflet which gives an overview of Children and Young People's Services Committees (CYPSC.)

Click here to download the CYPSC leaflet in English.

Click here to download the CYPSC leaflet As Gaeilge. 

Effective interagency working by Children and Young People’s Services Committees

Provides information on interagency working and the work of CYPSC. 

Click here to download.

Toolkit for the Development of a Children’s Services Committee (2012)

The 2nd edition of the CSC Toolkit. The document is a resource to assist those in the early stages of CSC (now CYPSC) development and those who are considering setting up a CYPSC. It will be updated in 2015 to align with Better Outcomes Brighter Futures, the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014 - 2020 and to reflect significant changes in the landscape of services for children, young people, families and communities.

Click here to download.

A review of international evidence on interagency working, to inform the development of Children’s Services Committees in Ireland (2011)

The report focuses on specific aspects of interagency working that have already been adopted by existing CSC (now CYPSC) or are being considered, and within that on models of particular interest. 

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An introductory guide to the key terms and interagency initiatives in use in the Children’s Services Committees in Ireland (2010)

Contains explanations and definitions of the differing terms and conceptual frameworks relating to interagency initiatives that have been in use by CSC (now CYPSC.) 

Click here to download.

Learning from experience to inform the future - Findings emerging from the Initial phase of the Children’s Services Committees in Ireland (2010)

The report presents the findings from the early implementation of CYPSC (formerly CSC) in four pilot areas and informed the pursuant development of Children and Young People's Services Committees.

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CYPSC Workshops

CYPSC Planning and Reporting Framework Workshop

A working group day was convened by the National Co-ordinator for Children and Young People's Services Committees on 27th September 2016 to engage CYPSC stakeholders in discussions to inform the development of a CYPSC Planning and Reporting Framework.  The working group day used a workshop format to involve CYPSC stakeholders in thinking and discussion to build on current systems for planning and reporting and to explore possibilities for enhancements.  

Presented by Colma Nic Lughadha, National Co-ordinator for Children and Young People's Services Committees

Presented by Lisa Ann Kennedy, Project Specialist, Centre for Effective Services

Reading materials accompanying the CYPSC Planning and Reporting Framework Workshop

 

Implementation Workshop for Children and Young People's Services Committees: How Well Are You Implementing?

A Children and Young People's Services Committees Implementation Workshop was held by the Centre for Effective Services (CES) on 11th February 2015. The Workshop heard from practitioners with national and international expertise in Implementation Science.

Click here for more information on the workshop. 

Click here to download a short report on the workshop.

Implementation Workshop for CYPSC: How Well Are You Implementing?

Presented by: Allison Metz, Co-director, National Implementation Research Network; Katie Burke, Senior Manager, CES; Stella Owens, Project Specialist, CES; Colma Nic Lughadha, National Co-ordinator for Children and Young People's Services Committees, CES.

CYPSC Conference Presentations

In this section you will find presentations about Children and Young People's Services Committees made at recent conferences.

Challenges of Inter-agency Working

The National Workshop for Prevention Partnership and Family Support (PPFS) was hosted by TUSLA the Child and Family Agency in November 2016.  PPFS is a programme of early intervention and preventative work which has been undertaken by Tusla, to embed early intervention and prevention within the Agency.   The aim is to prevent risks to children and young people arising or escalating through building sustainable intellectual capacity and manpower within Tusla and partner organisations to perform early intervention work. The National Co-ordinator for CYPSC was invited to deliver a presentation to the 180 workshop participants on the challenges of inter-agency working. 

Challenges of inter-agency working

Presented by: Colma Nic Lughadha, National Co-ordinator for Children and Young People's Services Committees.

Emotional Wellbeing – at the heart of school communities

This one day symposium was held on the 4th November 2015 and set out to challenge current thinking on how emotional wellbeing is handled in the education sector and to build on existing work in this area. Attended by over 500 teachers, deputy principals, principals, education agency representatives and charity sector workers, the event raised awareness of the importance of primary and post-primary schools embracing emotional wellbeing of both pupils and staff as a key measure of success.

Click here for more information on the symposium.

Presentation to Symposium “Emotional Wellbeing – at the heart of school communities”

Presented by: Colma Nic Lughadha, National Co-ordinator for Children and Young People's Services Committees.

Fifth Meeting of the Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years: Integrated Systems for Children and Families – Continuity and Alignment of Services

The fifth TFIEY meeting was held on 26th January 2015 to 28th January 2015. The aim was to learn about ways in which programmes, systems and countries have sought to implement innovative strategies of integration and alignment across services in the early years, and to learn about potential barriers and obstacles to implementation and how they may be overcome. 

Click here for more information on TFIEY.

Children and Young People’s Services Committees 

Presented by: Colma Nic Lughadha, National Co-ordinator for Children and Young People's Services Committees.

National Seminar on Investing in Children: Implementing a Multi-Dimensional Approach to Child Poverty

The Department of Social Protection, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the Department of Education and Skills and the Children’s Rights Alliance, in conjunction with the European Institute of Public Administration, hosted a seminar on Thursday 6th November 2014. The seminar was on child poverty/investing in children informed by commitments contained in the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People.

Click here for more information on the seminar.

Children and Young People’s Services Committees 

Presented by: Colma Nic Lughadha, National Co-ordinator for Children and Young People's Services Committees.

What's Working for Young People 2014​ Conference

The What's Working for Young People conference was held on 26th and 27th March 2014. The theme of the conference was 'the most effective and innovative ways of working with young people from policy, practice and research perspectives and with regard to prevention and early intervention'. The conference saw experts in the field of youth development, from policy, practice and research backgrounds, come together to explore the most effective and innovative ways of working with young people. 

Click here for more information on the conference.

National Children’s Services Committees Initiative: Responding to Youth Needs.

Presented by: Colma Nic Lughadha, National Co-ordinator for Children and Young People's Services Committees; Claire O’Toole, Kerry Children and Young People's Services Committee Co-ordinator; Joanne Murphy, Louth Children and Young People's Services Committee Co-ordinator.

CYPSC National Events

Click here to view the presentations given at the CYPSC National Events.

National Policy Documents

Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People, 2014-2020

Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures is the first overarching national policy framework for children and young people (aged 0-24 years), developed and led by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs on behalf of the Government. Almost all policy areas have a direct or indirect effect on children and young people’s lives. The purpose of this framework is to co-ordinate policy across Government to achieve better outcomes.

Click here to download the Report.

Click here to download the Briefing Note. 

Programme for Government 2011- 2016

A statement of common purpose for change outlining the range of policy innovations and commitments of the present Government.

Click here to download.

Towards 2016

Towards 2016, Ten-Year Framework Social Partnership Agreement 2006-2015 provides an overarching framework to address key challenges that individuals face at each stage of the lifecycle. 

Click here to download. 

National Strategy for Research and Data on Children’s Lives 2011-2016

The National Strategy for Research and Data on Children's Lives sets out a strategic direction and comprehensive action plan for research and data on children’s lives in Ireland for 2011 to 2016. 

Click here to download.

Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, 2009 Implementation Plan

The Implementation Plan is on the recommendations arising from the Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (known as the Ryan Report). 

Click here to download.

The Agenda for Children’s Services – A Policy Handbook

The Agenda for Children’s Services: A Policy Handbook, published in 2007 by the Office of the Minister for Children (now the Department of Children and Youth Affairs) sets out the strategic direction and key goals of public policy in relation to children’s health and social services in Ireland. 

Click here to download. 

National Children’s Strategy – Our Children – Their Lives (2000)

The National Children's Strategy (Our Children - their Lives) is a 10-year plan which was published by the Government in 2000. It was the blueprint for improving the lives of children in Ireland. 

Click here to download.

Archive

Internal Communications Plan 2010-2012 (2011)

This document aimed to improve communication between national and local levels within the Working Together for Children Initiative (WTFC) of the Office of the Minister of Children and Youth Affairs (OMCYA now the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA)).  It outlined the forms of communication to be used by key stakeholders and the key messages of the Working Together for Children Initiative.  Children's Services Committees (now Children and Young People's Services Committees) were the key vehicle for interagency working within WTFC.  The WTFC identity has been retired.

Click here to download. 

Governance Framework for the Working Together For Children Initiative (2011)

This document articulates the governance arrangements for the Working Together for Children Initiative. 

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Strategic Plan for the Development and Implementation of the Working Together For Children Initiative (2010)

A strategic plan for the development and implementation of the Children's Services Committees (now Children and Young People's Services Committees); detailing specific outcomes and core activities for CSC over a three year period 2010 - 2012. 

Click here to download. 

Paper Outlining Recommendations Relating to the Governance of Children's Services Committees (2010)

This paper makes recommendations for the governance arrangements for the CSC [now CYPSC] initiative at national level and at local level. 

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