The Limerick Children and Young People's Services Committee (CYPSC) was established as one of the four pilot CYPSC in 2007. This coincided with the establishment of the Limerick Regeneration Agency, and the work of the CYPSC was closely aligned with that of the Regeneration Agency in its first phase of development. The focus on the areas prioritised under Regeneration continued, but the CYPSC had a city-wide remit. The Limerick City and County Local Authorities amalgamated in 2014, and the CYPSC, in line with this, will prioritise extending its remit to become county-wide in the next phase of work.
Among the early priorities for the CYPSC was an ambitious research programme to establish a baseline of needs for children and families in the city. This culminated in the publication of “How are Our Kids?” Experiences and Needs of Children and Families in Limerick with a Particular Emphasis on Limerick’s Regeneration Areas in 2012. This continues to be a valuable resource for all those working in the children and family sector in Limerick City. Other early priorities included the Limerick Assessment of Need System (LANS) and Restorative Practices. The LANS Project informed the development nationally of the Local Area Pathways (LAPS) and Meitheal, a National Practice Model. Both of these are core elements of the Tusla National Service Delivery Framework which aims to improve outcomes for children. The Restorative Practices Project has continued to develop and grow and is having a demonstrable impact in schools and communities in Limerick City.
The Limerick City CYPSC has also prioritised Early Intervention and Prevention in the Early Years. PAUL Partnership, on behalf of the Limerick City CYPSC, was successful in securing funding under the National Early Years Access Initiative (NEYAI) to develop the Start Right Programme. The programme received additional funding from Limerick Regeneration Agency and the Programme Innovation Development Fund (PIDF). The approach and learning from Start Right underpins the Limerick City CYPSC’s recent successful proposal under the Area Based Childhood Programme.
In 2012, the Limerick City CYPSC was selected as a key strategic partnership to receive funding under the Programme Innovation Development Fund (PIDF; a partnership of Government and Atlantic Philanthropies). This funding allowed the development of three key initiatives: Restorative Practices, a Parenting Support Programme (including Parenting Limerick and the Homemaker Family Support Service) and a Quality Assurance Framework.
The above programmes continue to be priorities for the Limerick CYPSC. In its next phase of work the CYPSC will also prioritise the following areas: Expansion to become a county-wide CYPSC, developing Limerick as a Child-Friendly City, Youth Mental Health, Child Health, High Needs Young People and Active Learning.
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