A Healthy Ireland, where everyone all children and young people can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential, where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility. It is also something which all agree is an aspiration that should be pursued, and to this end, several national policy frameworks have been adopted in light of increasing concerns being raised about the general health of the population.

As the national framework to address these, Healthy Ireland (HI)[1] is Ireland’s commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of its people. Its main focus is on prevention and keeping people healthier for longer. Healthy Ireland’s goals are to:

  • Increase the proportion of people who are healthy at all stages of life
  • Reduce health inequalities
  • Protect the public from threats to health and wellbeing
  • Create an environment where every individual and sector of society can play their part in achieving a Healthy Ireland

The Children and Young People’s Services Committee(s) (CYPSC) are the conduit of HI funding to develop the strategic health and wellbeing plan for the Dublin City South (DCS)area.  The DCS CYPSC Strategic Health & Wellbeing plan considers how public health concerns should be prioritised and addressed it is aligned to the health outcomes of national Healthy Ireland and Better Outcomes Brighter Futures policy frameworks. The plan will also link to the local HSE, Healthy Childhood Priority Programme and CHO Health and Wellbeing Plan by drawing upon a range of local knowledge and engagement from a range of stakeholders. In developing this plan, several themes contextual to DCS have been identified which will cut across all its proposed actions

  • The need for flexibility and cultural sensitivities in provision of health and wellbeing
  • The need for increased provision in mental health services
  • The need to facilitate access to services through mitigating costs to participants
  • The need to raise education aspirations particularly amongst children/young people

For a copy of the Dublin City South Strategic Health & Wellbeing Plan (2018-2021) click LINK 

[1] Healthy Ireland – A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013 – 2025