County Galway Early Years Health and Wellbeing Plan (2018-2022)
Developed with the support of Healthy Ireland funding, this 5 year plan establishes a clear pathway for the enhancement of the health and wellbeing of children aged 0 - 3 years in County Galway.
Download a copy of the plan here.
Supported by a Tusla Participation Seed Grant, the Galway Children and Young People’s Services Committee and the Athenry Child and Family Support Network worked with 33 transition year students from three second level schools in Athenry, Co. Galway, to design and undertake a major research study into the perceived service needs of young people in the area.
For a written report of the research findings, click here.
View a video made by the TY students to help share their findings here.
Download '10 Lessons for Service Providers' informed by the research findings here.
View a report of the survey findings from Tuam, Clifden and Ballybane here.
Building a Happy Baby Campaign
The Building a Happy Baby Campaign is an international, Unicef promoted, campaign aimed at addressing myths that are prevalent among parents of young babies. The Early Years Sub-committee of the Galway Children and Young People's Services Committee is delighted to bring this campaign to Galway. Galway Parent Network, HSE Health Promotion and Improvement, HSE Department of Public Health and HSE Primary Care Psychology have collaborated to present the campaign's key messages in an accessible and culturally appropriate way. HSE Public Health Nursing and UHG Maternity and Antenatal Services will contribute to disseminating campaign materials.
Download the campaign's 4 key messages here.
Íoslódáil na príomhtheachtaireachtaí anseo.
See RTÉ Online article about the international campaign, its implementation in Galway and the evidence informing the key messages here.
Child and Family Support Networks of the Prevention, Partnership and Family Support Sub-Group
Child and Family Support Networks (CFSNs) bring together statutory, community and voluntary organisations working with children and families to help identify gaps and overlaps in local service. The networks also help organisations to get a better feel for what each service is doing and to identify ways they can work together better. There are ten CFSNs in Galway with four of these active in the city. Networks are supported by the Child and Family Support Network Coordinator through the Prevention, Partnership and Family Support Sub-group. The following videos provide an overview of the experiences of CFSN members in Galway:
Video 1: On the theme of Building Relationships
Video 2: On the theme of Working Together
Video 3: On the theme of Success so Far
#E-Powering Parents Resources
#E-Powering Parents is a training module aimed at empowering parents to help keep their children safe online. The module can be delivered as a standalone session or added on to existing parenting programmes and parenting support initiatives. It is designed to be adaptable to the changing needs of parents and families. A consultation process that has been informing the content and style of the materials is ongoing. Once this consultation process is complete the materials will be finalised and formatted.
Click here to download the Facilitation Guide (draft) and click here to download the training slides (draft).
Guidelines for Planning Youth Party Nights
Within this set of guidelines party organisers are offered advice and guidance on all relevant aspects of planning and running a safe party event for young people. Topics covered include ticket sales, venue selection, security, transport and how to appropriately respond to issues that arise on the night. The guidelines were developed by a coalition of organisations with experience in planning and running party events for young people including the Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force/Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board, Jigsaw Galway, An Garda Síochána and Tusla, Child and Family Agency. Publication of the guidelines was supported by the Galway and Roscommon Children and Young People’s Services Committees.
Click here to read more and to download the guidelines.
Galway City Early Years Health and Wellbeing Plan 2016 - 2020
This plan sets out the goals and related actions that together create a framework for enhancing and supporting the health and wellbeing of children in Galway City during their early years. For the purpose of this plan we are defining early years as 0 to 3 years. HSE Health Promotion and Improvement and Galway City Partnership led the development of this Early Years Health and Wellbeing Plan for Galway City. An Early Years MultiAgency Sub-Committee was established to oversee the development of the plan under the auspices of Galway Children and Young Peoples Services Committee.
Click here to download the plan.
Online Resource Library: Impact of Parental Mental Health on Children
The parental Mental Health Working Group of Galway and Roscommon CYPSCs has compiled on online library of resources relating to the impact of parental mental health on children. The Working Group invites amendments and additions to this document. To contribute to the document, please see "Contact Us" details across the page.
Please click here to view the Resource Library.
Presentations Relating to Internet Safety
The Internet Safety Working Group of Galway and Roscommon Children and Young People's Services Committees hosted a seminar entitled Keeping Children Safe Online: A Collaborative Approach to Internet Safety in February 2016. Copies of presentations delivered during the seminar are available to download below.
Rural youth working with the local police force to improve their relationship
A Galway CYPSC consultation event with young people in Clifden identified a negative relationship existed between young people and the Gardaí. In response, Galway CYPSC partnered with young people, FORUM Connemara and An Garda Síochána to organised a series of fun events undertaken by young people and local gardaí. A video record of one of these events, a bubble soccer match, was made.
Click here to read more and to see the video record.
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