The priorities for  Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Children and Young People's Committee (DLR CYPSC) are currently being agreed in detail by participating service managers. However these priorities have been informed by a rigorous and inclusive research process which has taken place during the last year with service providers and service users, including young people. To facilitate this participatory process, four distinct phases were conducted in 2017-2018 as follows:

(1) Stakeholder Consultation with Senior Managers, Service Leaders and Young Leaders: In April 2017 over sixty senior managers, service leaders and young leaders from stakeholder organisations in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown were facilitated by Lorna Kerin to discuss data sources, the needs of children and young people and service gaps in light of the five national outcomes. In depth discussions were supported by UCD Community Engagement volunteers at thematic roundtables relevant to stakeholders' services, including ‘Early Years Services’, ‘Educational Services’, ‘Community Services’,‘Youth Services’, ‘Mental Health Services’, ‘In/After Care Services’, and ‘Area Leadership’. The consultation data collected through individual service questionnaires and through roundtable discussion was then analysed to inform the commissioning of a socio-demographic mapping, service mapping and needs analysis of the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown area. 

(2) Socio-Demographic Mapping of Child and Youth Population: Seed funding was successfully secured by DLR CYPSC from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to conduct a socio-demographic mapping of the child and youth population in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown. This population level data is vital to inform service planning across sectors such as education, health, welfare, housing and development, community, transports and enterprise.

The All Island Research Observatory (AIRO) were commissioned in 2017 to conduct the socio-demographic mapping which includes data indicators from 2012 and 2016 Census data in order to chart demographic changes over time, as well as non-census data from population data sets of value to integrated service planning. This report is now publicly available here to inform service planning.

(3) Service Mapping: Funding was secured from Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to conduct a comprehensive mapping of all services across sectors for children, young people and their families. This mapping was conducted in collaboration with stakeholder services to ensure inclusion of all services across all sectors. The service directory will be published in the near future on a Dublin wide CYPSC website in collaboration with other Dublin CYPSCs.

(4) Needs Analysis: A number of consultations with key stakeholder services and young people have been facilitated by Lorna Kerin to inform a baseline needs analysis of children, young people, parents and the services that support them in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown. Consultations and priority setting workshops have taken place with the following service providers clusters/population groups using a range of focus group/participatory methodologies:

  • Perinatal services – Maternity services; Public Health Nursing Services; Early Childhood Care & Education Services; Community based parent support services
  • Early Childhood Care & Education Services – Private and community early childhood care and education services; DLR County Childcare Committee
  • Primary School Services –Principals from DEIS and non-DEIS public schools; Private primary school services; National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS); Home School Community Liason (HSCL); Tusla Educational Welfare Office (EWO); Irish Primary Principal’s Network (IPPN)
  • Secondary School Services – Principals from DEIS and non-DEIS public secondary schools; Private secondary school/educational college services; National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD); National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS); Home School Community Liason (HSCL); Tusla Educational Welfare Office (EWO); School Completion Programme (SCP); Dublin & Dun Laoghaire Education Training Board (DDL ETB)
  • Further Education Services: Training colleges; Dublin & Dun Laoghaire Education Training Board (DDL ETB); Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT); University College Dublin (UCD)
  • Family Support Services: Tusla Prevention & Partnership Family Support (PPFS); Tusla Child & Family Support Networks (CFSN); Barnardos; Mountown Neighbourhood Youth Project; Springboard Loughlinstown; Southside Partnership Ltd; Southside Travellers Action Group (STAG); Crosscare Youth Services; Miss Carrs Family Support Service; Hillview Family Resource Center; Rosemount Family Resource Center; Balally Family Resource Center; Ballyogan Family Resource Center; PRISM (Austism support) DLR
  • Health & Mental Health Services: HSE Psychology; Lucena Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS); HSE Health Promotion; HSE Suicide Resource Office; HSE Speech & Language; HSE Occupational Therapy; HSE Early Intervention Services; HSE Public Health Nursing; DLR Sports Partnership
  • Homelessness Support Services: Peter McVerry Trust; Focus Ireland; Sophia Housing; DLR County Council Housing Office
  • Addiction Support Services: DLR Drugs & Alcohol Taskforce; DROP; HSE Psychiatry – Adolescent Addiction
  • Key Statutory Services: An Garda Siochana; Tusla Child & Family Agency; HSE; Department of Social Protection; Probation Services; DLR County Council

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