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 email@example.com using the #chalkitout. We will share the creations on our media platforms across the county. Click HERE to see the advert.
Please click here to view the Children and Young People's Plan for 2019-2021.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Forward' is 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