Welcome to the Sligo Leitrim Children and Young People’s Services Committee page. Having recently taken up the post as Tusla Area Manager for the region I feel privileged to be taking on the role as Chair of the Committee.
Much of the hard work in establishing the Committee was completed prior to my arrival. The Co-ordinator post was filled in December 2013 by Maeve Whittington. Maeve worked closely with my predecessor Maria MacInnes to ensure Statutory and Voluntary Organisations across the region were informed of the development of the local Committee. Senior Managers from the Statutory, Community and Voluntary sectors were invited to participate through initial attendance at a pre-implementation meeting held in June 2014. This was followed by the first meeting of the Committee in September 2014 chaired by Frank Curran, CEO Leitrim County Council who is our Deputy Chairperson.
Two sub committees are already in place to assist with the establishment of the CYPSC. The next stage of implementation involved a facilitated meeting of the Committee members in January 2015 to assist in clarifying roles and responsibilities towards the development of a meaningful Children and Young Person’s Plan for the region. Local Terms of Reference for the Committee are finalised and I chair my first meeting of the full Committee in 2015.
I am excited at the prospect of establishing the CYPSC as the main forum responsible for integrated service delivery to children and young people in the region. The National Policy Framework as outlined in Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures presents a challenge to us all to see beyond the boundaries of our respective agencies and share what we have all learned about the needs of children and young people in the region; with a view to providing services that will improve their lives as per the five national outcomes. Collaboration with each other as service providers and meaningful engagement with the children and young people in the region towards the development of needs-led services will hopefully underpin the work of the Committee as we move forward. Here’s to the challenge!
Gerry Hone, Area Manager for Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan, Tusla the Child and Family Agency
Chairperson, Sligo Leitrim Children and Young People's Services Committee
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