Local Resources

Supports for families experiencing homelessness in Fingal

On the 10th of November 2022 FCYPSC organised a webinar on agencies supporting families experiencing homelessness in Fingal. Elizabeth Zion really brought to life the impact of homelessness on young people. Many thanks for your performance. Thank you also to all the agencies who delivered presentations on how their agency supported children young people and families who experience homelessness in Fingal. You can access the presentations by clicking on the links below:

Back on Track: Fingal Schools Toolkit For Supporting Students Who Avoid School

On the 11th of October 2022 FCYPSC launched a toolkit to support young people who avoid school. Mark Smyth, Clinical psychologist with CAMHS and 2020 president of the Psychological Society of Ireland was the key note speaker.  Marian Horan Senior Educational Welfare Officer, ESW, TESS guided attendees through the pack. Click here for a copy of the toolkit. See below  a recording of the launch. 

FCYPSC World Mental Health Day Event 

On the 10th of October the mental health subgroup of FCYPSC  held an event in Swords to mark WMH day. The goal of the event was to bring statutory, voluntary and community based organisations together to network and share information about their services; what was on offer and how services could be accessed. Jack Kavanagh gave an excellant key note speech which we will have available shortley for all to view. There were in excess of  26 stands and 26 presentations from agencies operating in the county. There was a real buzz about the place and fantastic to see agencies making connections again. See below for some of the powerpoint presentations delivered on the day.

Mental Health Presentations




Primary Care

Traveller Counselling Service

Youth and Education Services

Blanchardstown Community Training College

Blakestown Mountview Youth Initiative 

Crosscare Swords Youth Service

National Learning Network Swords

Neighbourhood Youth Project D 15

Skerries Youth Support Service

Drug Services Fingal

Foróige Blanchardstown Drug Prevention

Blanchardstown Local Drugs Task Force

D 15 Community Addiction Team

North Dublin Regional Drugs & Alcohol Task Force

Crosscare DAP

Family Support Services

Aster Family Support Service

Baldoyle Family Resource Centre

Barnardos D 15


Daughters of Charity


Mountview FRC

Wellview FRC

Double Disadvantage Reduced Access to Early Childhood Care and Education for Children at Risk of Poverty in Fingal

Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Resource Document. 

On the 30th of November 2020: Fingal and Dublin City North Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC) launched a new Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Resource (DSGBV) Booklet. The resource was developed to assist professionals to support victims of Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (DSGBV) and to highlight the wide range of statutory and community services available the local areas. The resource which is the first of its kind in Dublin, provides professionals and those impacted by DSGBV with information, resources and contact details of key support services in the local areas.  Click HERE  to access the resource document. Hard copies of the document will be available in Early 2021. Please contact Úna Caffrey on una.caffrey@tusla.ie or on 0870958575 to request a hard copy of the resource.

National Play Day 4th of July 2020

National Play Day 2020 will take place on the 4th of July 2020. FCYPSC in conjunction with Fingal County Council is leading out on this action in the County. Through the Child and Family, Support Networks (CFSN's) we have delivered colouring books and boxes of chalk to targeted families living in Fingal. If you would like your child to participate in the event get your child to draw with chalk outside, take a photo of their creations and send your photo’s to community@fingal.ie  using the #chalkitout. We will share the creations on our media platforms across the county. Click HERE to see the advert. 

Fingal CYPSC Children and Young People's Plan

Please click here to view the Children and Young People's Plan for ​2019-2021.

Youth Participation and Engagement Wheel

Fifteen services, active in youth participation in Fingal came together to understand, document and strengthen youth participation across Fingal. The initiative was led by the Fingal CYPSC Participation Sub-Group and chaired by the DDLETB.  In light of the workshops the following approach to Youth Engagement in Fingal was proposed by the  FCYPSC Sub-group and accepted by the main FCYPSC:

  • Work with the 15 services to support the participation of young people in the environment that they are most comfortable in
  • The 15 services (with key additional agencies,  will coordinate youth engagement through the FCYPSC Sub-Group)  
  • 2 young people, aged 18-24, will become members of the FCYPSC- organised through the sub-group – this will require changes at the FCYPSC level. a youth participation panel will be formed to support the two young people sitting on the FCYPSC
  • A joint Fingal Co.Co/CYPSC County Strategy on Older Youth Involvement in Outdoor and Indoor Spaces has been agreed as a pilot for our approach
  • Click HERE or on the Youth Participation and Engagement Wheel heading above to access the poster that was designed to represent FCYPSC youth participation structure

COVID-19 Wellbeing Resources Children and Young People April 2020

Fingal CYPSC has collaborated with the four other Dublin CYPSC to create a digital resource document with information and supports on COVID 19. The document includes links and resources to reassure children, young people and families that there are supports and information available throughout this period of change. We recognise that many local services are providing support remotely. While this is not an exhaustive list of all resources or supports, we hope it provides a signposting tool to support children, young people, families, and services in the short-term. 

Updated information in relation to COVID-19 can be found on the HSE, Health Protection Surveillance Centre, and World Health Organisation websites. National advice from Government Departments takes precedence and should be adhered to. 

Suicide and COVID 19 bereavement supports please click here

COVID 19 Funding Opportunities

For information on Food Provision Scheme for Young Children during the Covid-19 Crisis – click here Questions and Answers document click here 

For information on a funding opportunity for older people click here 

FCYPSC members response to COVID 19

FCYPSC members have adapted their service delivery during COVID 19. Click HERE to see how services have adapted and for the operating and contact details of FCYPSC members.

Child and Family Support Networks

Since the inception of Prevention, Participation and Family Support (2015), Tusla has supported four Child and Family Support Network (CFSN) areas to develop in Fingal. These networks currently provide a timely local response to a family’s needs during COVID 19.  Click here for contact details

For Traveller & Roma specific COVID 19 resources click here 

In response to COVID 19 the Traveller Counselling Service is now offering online counselling which can be accessed nationally for Travellers over the age of 18. Click here for further details.

For traveller specific information on keeping well Click here 

For traveller, specific mental health supports Click Here 

Traveller specific stay at home poster Click here 

Pavee Point COVID 19 prevention steps click  here 

Minding My Mind Poster for travellers Click Here 

Pavee poster on mental health supports for travellers Click here 

COVID 19 information from the HSE

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has created excellent resources to raise awareness about preventing the spread of COVID 19, symptoms of COVID 19, at-risk groups, hand washing, social distancing, etc. The information is available in different languages and also in video and audio format. Click here to access the resources

Mental Health Resources

Dublin North City & County (DNCC) Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services have developed a booklet called 'CAMHS Made Simple'. This booklet tells you what CAMHS is, how to access it, how it can help a person attending and who a person attending CAMHS will meet when working with them. Click on the following link to access the document 'CAMHS Made Simple'

FCYPSC has developed a resource for young people in relation to mental health. The school journal insert has a comprehensive list of mental health supports for young people. This will be circulated to all schools in Fingal in September 2020. Click HERE to access the document. 

FCYPSC has developed Guidelines for Referral to Child & Youth Mental Health Services for Parents. This document will be delivered to schools for circulation to parents in September 2020. Click HERE to access the document.

Anyone experiencing suicidal ideation, self-harm or who has been bereaved by suicide is welcome to contact Pieta House For please click here for contact numbers

Jigsaw - aims to provide free, relevant and accessible mental health support, education, advice and guidance to young people aged 12 to 25 years old, and/or their parents/concerned others who are resident in the Republic of Ireland. Click here to go to their website. See below for contact details:

1.      1800 JIGSAW (544729)    Opening hours: Monday to Friday 1 pm- 5 pm.

2.      SMS 086 180 3880.           Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9am to 5 pm.

3.     Email  help@jigsaw.ie.     Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9am to 5 pm.

The CAMHS Dublin North City and County newsletter makes for a really good read. Click here to access it.

To access a free 6 weeks on line stress control course please click here

Mental Health supports and services during COVID-19 can be accessed here

Mental Health Ireland has developed an excellent resource pack click here to access 

For information on how to develop a Wellness Recovery, Action Plan click here

For information on Mental Health Supports from SHINE Click Here

Supports for Parents

Let’s Play Ireland is a government-led initiative aimed at promoting play for all children living in Ireland during the COVID-19 emergency. Please click here to access a suite of wonderful resources to support your child's play.

During the COVID-19 parents are managing a range of new challenges. Parents Centre provides a starting point to access high-quality, trusted information and support. It is easy to navigate and helps parents access the information and support they need quickly. Click HERE

Fingal County Council would like you to Have Your Say in relation to Music Education Opportunities for Children and Young People in Fingal. Click here for further details.

Dublin City South CYPSC commissioned a series of conversational-style presentation videos by psychotherapists as a road-map to support stress and tension using practical play-based activities that parents can add to their parental toolkit. Each short film will incorporate ‘a call for playful action’ with accompanying video resources using ordinary household and store-cupboard materials. Click here to access the psychotherapist's videos and here to access the play-based videos. 

Barnardos has launched an online resource for parents 'Looking after your Heart, Body and Mind during the Covid-19 Restrictions'

Click here to access

A music and movement video from the National Parent's Council on percussion for families can be accessed here 

The National Childhood Network (NCN) has developed a new Facebook Page to create a useful Play Hub to share ideas and suggestions on play activities with parents of children from birth to 15 years. Click here to access

The North Dublin Regional Drugs Taskforce are continuing to support young people and their families in relation to all aspects of drug and alcohol addiction. Click here for details of how their service is operating during COVID 19

For a fun activity to do with your children and access to a COVID 19 time capsule click here 

In this time of further financial stress,MABS is here to provide support and advice. Click here for further details

The new online resource for parents, entitled Parents Centre will provide additional support for parents and their families during this difficult time. Click here for further information

For information and ideas on a new play, initiative click here and here 

Myth busters from the WHO click here

For information on parenting through COVID 19  here 

For information on planning for a family, emergency click here 

For a sample daily routine click here 

How to talk to your child about the Corona Virus please click here

Click Here to access a great resource created by Tusla child and youth participation initiatives 

Online safety has never been more important. Click here for further information

For information on supports available in relation to domestic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic click here


The education subgroup of FCYPSC has developed a practical workbook for 6th class students transferring to secondary school. The workbook entitled 'Looking Back Looking Forwardis an excellent resource designed to support students with the transition to secondary school in a COVID 19 era. Beginning secondary school is a key moment in a child’s life, there can be joy and worry in equal measure. This excellent booklet supports the student and helps them prepare for their time ahead in secondary school. Well done and many thanks to Conor Cody and Aimee O'Neill for drafting the document. Click HERE to access the document

Whether you are a parent, teacher or young person looking for support please click here for access to educational and mental health resources 

For information on the school, meals click here

For information on ICT funding for Schools including €10 million top-up funding click here

Click here for an example of an interactive timetable. Rather than adhering to all of the timetable sections can be chosen that best meet the needs of you and your child.

Support for children with disabilities

Click here for a resource created by St Michael’s House for families with children with intellectual and physical disabilities to communicate about COVID-19 and activity resources from the early years and school-aged disability teams.  

Click here to access resources created by Enable Ireland. It includes activities, advice on speech and language and short simple stories to help children understand social distancing 

Connecting/ Listening to Young people

if you are a young person or if you know or work with young people The ombudsman for children's office would like to hear how COVID 19 is impacting you. Click here to see how you can have your say and maybe win a prize!

To access the Dublin CYPSC Directory of Services please click here