Cork CYPSC has established 5 Sub Groups with the aim of addressing issues that have significant impact on Children, young people and families.

1. Information and Research

Chair: Niamh Sheridan, Togher Family Centre

Achievements (supported by Researchers)

  • Socio-demographic profile of children and families in Cork and County completed

  • Literature review on the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people completed with recommendations made to CYPSC for the 3 year Children and Young People's Plan

  • 'Each One Matters Survey'. A survey of 138 service providers in Cork City and County, carried out between June & September 2017

  • Overview of Services

  • Local Needs Analysis

  • Drafting of the Children & Young Peoples Plan.

Current Work:

  • Review of the Children and Young People's Plan.

2. Supporting Parents

Chair: Stephanie Whyte, Barnardos

The supporting Parents Sub group have identified the following actions:

  • Campaign to promote key messages to parents
  • Identifying and signposting of universal services for parents
  • Interagency appoach to co-ordinating evidence based programmes that support parents
  • Promotion of the parent champion role

Consultation document and a suite of action sheets 

A Consultation with Parents about their Children's Social and Emotional Well-being report 

Action 1: Spend Time With Your Child

Action 2: Help Your Child To Understand and Express Their Feelings 

Action 3: Help Your Child Adapt To Changes

Action 4: Help Yourself To Help You As A Parent 

Action 5: Help Your Child Stay Technology-Safe 

Action 6: Help Your Child Celebrate Difference So That Everyone Belongs 

3. Children and Young People's Participation

Under 12's Participation

Chair: Tracey Holt, CYPSC Co-ordinator

Vice Chair: Aoife Griffin

The Cork CYPSC Coordinator works closely with both the City and County Comhairla Na nOg and sits on the respective steering groups.

4. Youth Out of Home

Chair: Kieran Campbell

5. Anti Racist

Co Chairs: Fionualla O'Connell Cork Migrant Centre and Tracey Holt CYPSC Coordinator

The Cork Migrant Centre Youth Initiative Against Racism in collaboration with Cork CYPSC held a webinar in June 2020. The webinar was organised in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, bringing the realities of racism and discrimination around the world and in Ireland to the forefront

The webinar was created to channel and amplify the voices of the youths, including those living in direct provision, freely and without fear, to give a voice to young people’s experiences of racism and for their voices to be heard by policymakers and service providers.

Panellists involved in the discussion included: Dr Niall Muldoon, Children’s Ombudsman; Bernard Gloster, CEO, Tusla; Cork Lord Mayor Joe Kavanagh; County Mayor Ian Doyle; Damien White, president of the Irish Primary Principals Network; and Paula Cogan, president of Cork Chamber of Commerce. Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan was represented by Ronan Kennelly, Inspector in Charge at Togher, Community Engagement South, and Sergeant Kay O’Donoghue, West Cork.

The webinar raised awareness about some of the ways in which racism exists in Ireland and specifically Cork.

Following the Webinar Cork CYPSC set up the Anti Racist Subgroup with the aim of:

Actively working towards the development and implementation of anti- racist policy and practice within our services and institutions

“For true change to happen, the people that are directly impacted by racism need to be directly included as part of the discussion, they need to be at the table where decisions are being made, and they need to be heard.” CMCYAR


  • To ensure young people’s voices are heard and their concerns bought to this group and responded to
  • To train together to come to a common understanding of anti- racist and inclusive practice, inclusive of the Traveller and Roma community
  • To Identify gaps and needs in relation to the impact of racism (include gathering of statistics/ data both qualitative ad quantative)
  • To promote positive stories to counteract stereotypes
  • To work with AGS and offer support/ input into their school’s programme
  • To contribute to Cork and County being a safe and inclusive County for BAME people
  • To confront and challenge all instances of racism in order that it becomes unacceptable
  • To highlight the work Nationally and as a potential model of practice for policing and community engagement


The sub group consists of service providers and organisations with a remit for working with children, young people and families

Membership comprises of people from diverse backgrounds, including those with lived experiences of racism.

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