Child & Youth Mental Health

Chair: Aidan Murphy, Assistant Director of Mental Health Nursing, HSE

National Outcome: Active & Healthy with physical and mental well being

This group is working to ensure that appropriate services and supports are available in Kerry to meet the mental health needs of children and young people.  A particular focus is on strengthening the links between services & to communities to ensure smooth transitions into and out of services as required.

Drugs & Alcohol

Chair: Oliver Mawe, Area Manager for Kerry, Tusla the Child and Family Agency

National Outcome: Active & Healthy with physical and mental well being

The aim of the Drugs and Alcohol working group is to reduce alcohol and drug misuse amongst young people in Kerry. They will develop a booklet for young people and their parents and also develop a community awareness raising initiative to open discussion on our relationship as a society with alcohol.

Kerry Intervention & Disability Services

Chair: Tina Sugrue, Kerry Intervention and Disability Services Manager

National Outcome: Active & Healthy with physical and mental well being

The Kerry Intervention and Disability Services are working to provide needs led, child centred, holistic and integrated services and supports for children with disabilities and or developmental delay in Kerry. The service is a partnership of the HSE, Brothers of Charity, St John of God Services and Enable Ireland.

Parenting & Family Learning

Chair: Helen Sweeney, Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing, HSE

National Outcome: Achieving full potential in all areas of learning & development

The Parenting and Family Learning Group is working to support the co-ordination of Parenting and Family Learning Programmes for parents in Kerry.  The Group has agreed a number of actions and initiatives to support children to be ‘school ready’; and parents to be ‘child ready’.

Prevention, Partnership & Family Support

Chair: Oliver Mawe, Area Manager for Kerry, Tusla the Child and Family Agency

National Outcome: Safe & protected from harm

This working group will support the development of the Local Area Pathway ‘system’ in Kerry under Prevention, Partnership and Family Support.  It will build on the knowledge and experience of the Listowel Youth Resource Panel, an interagency, needs led, early intervention model of best practice piloted in the Listowel area.

Youth Participation

Chair: Gemma O’Brien, Senior Manager, Kerry Diocesan Youth Service

National Outcome: Connected, respected & contributing to their world

The Youth Participation working group is working with all Kerry CYPSC working groups and member agencies to develop and strengthen structures and mechanisms to enhance the active participation of children and young people in the planning and delivery of services at local level in Kerry.

Research & Information (Advisory Group)

Chair: Aisling Sharkey, Head of Department Social Sciences, Institute of Technology Tralee

The Research and Information group work to ensure that the information and data requirements of the CYPSC and its working groups are met.  This is to ensure that all initiatives of the Kerry CYPSC are evidence based. They oversee the preparation of the Child Well-Being Indicator Reports and the Kerry CYPSC Website.

Economic Security and Opportunity

National Outcome: Have economic security and opportunity

Kerry CYPSC will make every effort to promote social inclusion and reduce inequalities for children, young people and families in Kerry through the work across all working groups.


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