The Department of Children and Youth Affairs launches the National Youth Strategy 2015 - 2020 on the 8th October 2015. Development of the Strategy has been informed by extensive consultation with young people, those working with young people, and key stakeholders.
The Irish Primary Principals' Network (IPPN) and National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) are organising a one day symposium on the 4th November 2015 titled 'Emotional Wellbeing – at the heart of school communities'. The event is setting out to challenge current thinking on how emotional wellbeing is handled in the education sector and what we can all do to embed a culture of wellbeing in our schools.
YNOW is a magazine aimed at youth work staff, volunteers, members of youth projects and clubs and those in services that have an interest in the development of young people. The latest edition of YNOW is out and carries an article on CYPSC.
The Drugs and Alcohol Working Group of Kerry CYPSC launched the ‘THINK About Alcohol’ booklet on the 28th September 2015. The booklet provides information for young people and their parents on alcohol and issues relating to alcohol use in order to help them to discuss alcohol openly and honestly.
In developing their three-year strategic plans CYPSC undertake to consult with children and young people. This happens in a variety of ways across different counties and includes work with each county’s Comhairle na nÓg (Child and Youth Council). The role and involvement of children and young people in CYPSC is to be strengthened and developed going forward.
Wicklow Children and Young People's Services Committee have made a submission to Wicklow Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) to inform the development of Wicklow's Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP). The role of the LCDC is to enhance the strategic planning and co-ordination of local and community development activity.
Healthy Food for All (HFfA) is an all-island charity addressing food poverty by promoting access, availability and affordability of healthy food for low-income groups. Food poverty is defined as the “inability to access a nutritionally adequate diet and the related impacts on health, culture and social participation.”
The Parenting Support Initiative (PSI) is a three year grants programme which provides funding to projects which support parents in their parenting role. PSI mainly focuses on parents with children who are between 0 and 3 years of age although some projects also support parents in the ante-natal stage. The Initiative is a collaborative partnership between the Katharine Howard Foundation (KHF) and the Community Foundation of Ireland (CFI).
Kildare Children and Young People's Services Committee launched their new three year Children and Young People's Plan (CYPP) on the 20th May 2015. The aim of the CYPP is to improve the quality of life for children, young people and families in county Kildare.
A Blueprint setting out the policy direction for the development of Children and Young People’s Services Committees over the next number of years was published on the 18th June 2015 by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. It acknowledges the development and work of CYPSCs since 2007, prioritises key issues to be addressed strategically and operationally and includes an Action Plan 2015 - 2017.
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly launched a new national strategy intended to ensure that children and young people have a voice in decision making that affects their lives. In a first for Europe, the Minister has launched the National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision Making (2015-2020).
The latest newsletter from Limerick Children and Young People's Services Committee is now available. This is the eighth issue of the newsletter and highlights the achievements of projects working with children, young people and families across Limerick.
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly TD will attend the CYPSC National Seminar taking place on the 18th June 2015 in Dublin. “A bhaint amach le chéile do leanaí & do dhaoine óga” is the Irish translation for this gathering dedicated to the development of interagency working for children and young people across Ireland.
A 'Blueprint for the development of Children and Young People's Services Committees' has been developed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and is now available for consultation.
An informative video on integrated systems and effective transitions in early childhood has been produced by the King Badouin Foundation following the fifth Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years (TFIEY) meeting entitled 'Integrated Systems for Children and Families – Continuity and Alignment of Services'.