Galway CYPSC Asking Local Services to Support 'Not Around Us / Coinnigh Uainn É' campaign
Galway Children CYPSC and Galway Healthy City are leading a new campaign aimed at creating smoke free environments for children and young people in Galway City and County. The ‘Not Around Us / Coinnigh Uainn É’ initiative aims to stop children from regarding smoking as a normal behaviour by moving smoking away from those places where children and young people are likely to be.
Not Around Us / Coinnigh Uainn É signage will be made available free of charge to interested not for profit groups or organisations, schools, and early years services. Interested services and organisations should go to healthygalwaycity.ie/tobacco-free to get more information and to download the Expression of Interest form.
A Guide for Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer
Jo was was 15 years old when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and treated in a children’s hospital. She found it hard to relate to the written educational materials she was given. This booklet is based on her personal experience and is designed to support teenagers and young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Download a copy here.
Findings of Consulations with Parents in Galway City and County
In 2019, the PPFS Sub-Group of Galway CYPSC undertook a comprehensive programme of consultation with parents across Galway city and county. This comprised an online survey and a series of targetted focus groups. In total, over 800 parents contributed. The reports do not derive findings or make recommendations. Instead, they provide services with an opportunity to consider the concerns of parents and to reflect upon their own practice in light of these concerns.
Download What Parents Said, What Parents Want here.
Download In their Own Words here.
Tusla Area Commissioning Plan: Galway Roscommon 2019 - 2021
The Tusla Area Commissioning Plan: Galway and Roscommon sets out how Tusla's resources will be organised and deployed to meet the care, protection and welfare needs of children and young people in counties Galway and Roscommon over the period 2019- 2021. Download a copy here.
#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 stand-alone session or it can be added to an existing parenting programme.
Click here to download the Facilitators' Guidebook.
Click here to download the Training Slides.
Click here to browse a Bank of Shared Resources. Contact us to share your resources.
Planet Youth Website Launched - Current data on the lives and lifestyles of young people in Galway
Planet Youth is an international evidence-based primary prevention model that has been developed in order to reduce substance use rates amongst adolescents. It works by directly targeting the risk and protective factors in young people’s lives that determine their substance use behaviours and enhancing the social environment they are growing up in. Application of the model in Galway is being driven by the Western Region Drugs and Alcohol Task Force.
The model is underpinned by the data derived from the administration of the Planet Youth questionnaire. This comprehensive lifestyle questionnaire is administered to the 15-16 year olds in the target community and it examines a great many aspects of their lives. There are questions on their substance use, health, mental health, physical activity, family and school experience, internet use, bullying and so on. The data returned from the survey is used to inform the development of suitable interventions in the community that will help address the known risk and protective for young people and thus improve outcomes. There will be further Planet Youth Galway surveys in 2020 and in 2022.
Click here for more information and to see the 2019 Planet Youth, Galway report.
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.
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
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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