Local Resources

Tusla National Child and Family Support Week

From the 13th to the 19th of May, special events will be taking place across Ireland as part of Tusla National Child and Family Support Week. These events will highlight the wide range of local family support services that are available from Tusla and its funded partners.

See a list of events taking place in Galway here.

Galway CYPSC Newsletter

Galway CYPSC has compiled the first edition of its Newsletter outlining some of the current work being undertaken by CYPSC Sub-groups. Download a copy of the newsletter here. Contact us with ideas for future editions.

Engaging with young children’s voices:  A practical workshop on consultation with young children in early childhood services

'Children are and must be seen as active in the construction of their own lives, the life of those around them and of the societies in which they live- children are not just the passive subjects of social structures and processes' (James and Prout, 1990).

Click here to download slides delivered by Marie Gibbons, Researcher for Galway and Roscommon Children and Young People' s Services Committees, during a February 2019 symposium hosted by Galway Childcare Committee for providers of Early Years Services in Februay 2019.

This initiative comprises part of Galway CYPSC's Healthy Ireland programme. Delivered in partnership with Galway City Partnership, Galway Childcare Committee and Galway Rural Development. The Healthy Ireland Fund is supported by the Department of Health, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of Rural and Community Development.

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.  

Youth-Led Research

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 an existing parenting programme. Presented here, appended to the core workshop materials, is a bank of additional resources that facilitators can chose to dip into. In this way, workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of specific groups of parents. Why not share your relevant resources and/or group exercises with your colleagues by including them in the Banks of Additional Resources? Contact us for more information.

Click here to download the Facilitation Guidebook and click here to download the accompanying training slides.

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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