The Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Children and Young People's Services Committee (DLR CYPSC) is in the process of being established and so formal sub-groups will be established following completion of the area research and the prioritisation of area service improvement outcomes. However in the meantime, Lorna Kerin (Coordinator DLR CYPSC) is actively engaged with the following committees which are aligned with the overall five national outcomes.

The Prevention, Partnership and Family Support (PPFS) Committee:

The Prevention, Partnership and Family Support (PPFS) Programme is a comprehensive programme of early intervention and preventative work (2015-2018) which has been undertaken embed early intervention and prevention within Tusla Child and Family Agency and partner agencies. In Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, the interagency PPFS Committee is chaired by Kevin Webster, Principal Social Worker with Tusla Child and Family Agency services in Dublin South East/Wicklow and supported by Lindsay Markey, the Child and Family Support Network Coordinator. 

Key areas of PPFS focus in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown include parenting support, parental participation, Meitheal (a common approach to practice across all agencies working with children that supports the participation of children and families to respond to their needs), Children and Young People Participation projects, training and support, service news and information updates on relevent topics such as child and youth mental health, suicide prevention, domestic violence and homelessness in the DLR region.


Dún Laoghaire Rathdown PPFS Committee and Michelle Reilly (back row), National Homelessness Officer, Tusla Child and Family Agency



Oversight Group: Connecting for Life: Dublin South East, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown and East Wicklow

The national strategy, Connecting for Life, Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide 2015-2020. Connecting for Life, sets out a vision where fewer lives are lost through suicide, and where communities and individuals are empowered to improve their mental health and wellbeing. The implementation plan of this national strategy for HSE Community Healthcare Organisation 6 (Dún Laoghaire Rathdown and Wicklow) is Connecting for Life: Dublin South East, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown and East Wicklow 2015-2020. The Oversight Group in is an interagency committee composed of senior managers from the statutory and community sectors which aims to provide strategic direction on this implementation plan which has clear goals, objectives and measurable outcomes for the area.


At the launch of HSE CHO Area 6 Reducing Suicide Together Action Plan 2015-2020: Syliva Cahill (PSW Mental Health, HSE CHO 6), Fionnuala Curry (Coordinator Wicklow CYPSC), Pauline O’Reilly(Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention , Dublin South East & Dún Laoghaire) Adam Byrne (Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention , East Wicklow), Lorna Kerin (Coordinator Dún Laoghaire Rathdown CYPSC)


The Dún Laoghaire Rathdown and Music Education Partnership (DLR MEP)

The DLR MEP is an interagency senior management working group committed to championing the establishment and delivery of a sustainable music education services model for the current and future generations of children and young people living in the county. DLR County Council Arts Office is lead partner of the MEP and recently convened an interagency collaborative funding application which was actively supported by Lorna Kerin (DLR CYPSC Coordinator) and Joanne Cullen (Tusla Area Manager) in recognition of its preventative and early intervention value.


The interagency Dún Laoghaire Rathdown and Music Education Partnership (DLR MEP), April 2017