Children & Young People’s Social Prescribing Scoping Study

Ballyfermot Chapelizod Partnership (Family Matters) & Dublin City South CYPSC

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Social Prescribing introduces the concept of non-medical interventions through linking referrals with a range of social, sports and community services. It can include a wide range of interventions from healthy eating (cookery, nutrition advice) to drama and arts activities. It is often related to physical activity involving referral to a range of traditional and non-traditional recreation, leisure and sports activities. It has been declared effective in reducing the dependence on the health system (less prescriptions, less GP visits) and facilitating positive health outcomes, though there are few systematic, wide-ranging studies of effectiveness. ‘Social Prescribing has shown very positive results for participants and other stakeholders. The structured way of supporting partnership between clinicians and the community has the potential to harness and nurture the good will that already exists between these partners. (Donegal Social Prescribing (18+) – Evaluation Report 2015. HSE)’