Cork Children and Young People's Services Committee have identified National Outcome 2 and specifically 2:2 Social and emotional Wellbeing of Children and Young People from Better Outcomes Brighter futures (The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People) as a priority theme.
"A child or young person's sense of wellbeing is fundamental to their ability to function in society and meet the demands of every day life. Importantly, wellbeing drives better learning attainment. Social and emotional wellbeing includes the ability to self- regulate, to have empathy and to be emotionally resilient".
In November 2016 a Social and Emotional Literature Review was completed : An Outline report on social and emotional well-being as it relates to children and young people.
Seven recommendations were highlighted in this report and have been incorporated into the Children and Young People's Plan.
The three-year strategic plan details the priorities for the period 2019-2021, along with Change Management requirements. The priorities are as follows:
Priorities identified in the three-year strategic plan 2019-2021
Outcome No. 1
- Active & healthy, physical & mental wellbeing
- Promote good mental health
- Improve opportunities for children and families who are homeless/living in emergency accommodation
- Adopt a strategic approach to homelessness
Outcome No. 2
- Achieving full potential in all areas of Learning & Development
- Develop the “Mindful Minute” model
- Promote ‘The One Good Adult’ theme
- Support the Parents’ sub-group to deliver actions
- Devise actions for young people out of school
- Safe & protected from Harm
- Comply with Children First
- Focus on Prevention Partnership and Family Support (PPFS)
- Identify and understand impact of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based violence on children and young people.
- Economic Security & Opportunity
- Support those in Direct Provision and Migrant Communities
- Connected, Respected & Contributing to the World
- Promote Best Practice Participation
- Lead on Participation practice & consultation feedback (Lundy)
- Engage with Traveller groups
- Engage with Youth Services
Participation and consultation with children, young people and families together with practitioners were regarded as being of paramount importance in both designing and delivering solutions. These processes have numerous benefits including better quality services, improvements in self-efficacy, confidence and self esteem, better quality relationships with peers and family and it can be a powerful tool to hear voices of marginalised children.
Cork CYPSC has a Children and Young People's Participation sub group to focus on this area.
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