By CypscAdmin, Friday, 24th October 2014 | 0 comments
Filed under: Health, Parenting Support, Family Support, Implementation.

The Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme is a cross-departmental initiative announced in the Programme for Government. The ABC programme targets investment in evidence-informed interventions to improve the long-term outcomes for children and families living in areas of disadvantage.





It aims to break "the cycle of child poverty” through integrated and effective services and interventions. It aims to take this approach within areas where child poverty is most deeply entrenched and to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Child health and development

  • Children's learning

  • Parenting

  • Integrated service delivery

  • Services embedded in mainstream services

There are thirteen Areas delivering the ABC Programme across Ireland and many of the Areas are connecting with their local CYPSC in order to enhance opportunities for interagency collaboration and to work together towards the embedding of approaches in mainstream services. There are variations in local ABC programme governance and operational structures including a CYPSC serving as the managing consortium for the initiative and the operational group formed to implement the initiative being a sub-group of the CYPSC. The table below plots ABC programme sites in relation to the CYPSC area within which they operate.


ABC Area

Lead Organisation

Dublin City North CYPSC


​Dublin Northside



​Dublin Docklands and East Inner City


Preparing for Life


​Dublin Institute of Technology

Early Learning Initiative, National College of Ireland

South Dublin CYPSC

Tallaght West


Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative Ltd. 

Clondalkin Behavioural Initiative Ltd. t/a Archways

Louth CYPSC Louth Louth Leader Partnership
Cork CYPSC Knocknaheeney Northside Community Health Initiative (Cork) Ltd.
Wicklow CYPSC Bray Bray Area Partnership
Limerick CYPSC Limerick People Action Against Unemployment Ltd. (PAUL Partnership)
Dublin City South CYPSC Ballyfermot/Chapelizod Ballyfermot/Chapelizod Partnership
Longford Westmeath CYPSC Midlands Heath Service Executive Midlands Area

For further information on the ABC Programme click here.