Over 70 services attended the online launch of the first interagency plan to improve health, education, safety and civic participation for children and young people living in the county of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
The Children & Young People’s Plan 2020-2022 was created by the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC), an interagency structure chaired by Tusla - Child and Family Agency to plan and co-ordinate services for children and young people in every county in Ireland.
Nearly one-third (32%) or 69,581 of the population in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown are under 24 years of age.
This first Children & Young People’s Plan for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown details the socio-demographic characteristics of the child and youth population, the range of needs identified, and the 30 priority projects agreed by over 100 senior managers from statutory, community and voluntary services and young leaders.
As part of the digital launch, a dynamic video was created featuring 30 of the different services and projects that have been initiated by the CYPSC in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, including the innovative new youth mental health hub www.LetsTalkDLR.ie, which was co-produced locally by young people and services. You can watch the video here:
Lorna Kerin, Co-ordinator, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown CYPSC, said:
“Services and young people have worked so hard together during the last couple of years to produce what is a truly excellent, informative and inspirational plan that will help improve the lives of many children and young people. I would urge anyone interested in children and young people’s wellbeing to take a few minutes to either watch the video or to read the plan that is now on the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown page of the national website, www.cypsc.ie ”
Through video, Tusla CEO, Bernard Gloster, thanked the 140 services and the 200 young people involved in creating the plan and spoke about the importance of interagency working to provide agile responses to needs, and to improve outcomes for children and young people. You can watch Bernard Gloster's important contribution here:
Other speakers at the event included the Tusla National Director of Services and Integration, Kate Duggan, Tusla Area Manager for Dublin South/Dublin South East/Wicklow, Joanne Cullen, and the National Co-ordinator for Children and Young People’s Services Committees, Colma Nic Lughadha.
Also on the speaker panel were the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) Assistant Principal Officer, John Cole, who presented the National Strategy for Children and Young People’s Services Committee
‘CYPSC: Shared Vision, Next Steps, 2019 - 24’, and Infant Mental Health specialist Julie Ann Lyons, who outlined the vital importance of early intervention to support very young children who experience adverse outcomes and the need to support service practitioners who are working with traumatised populations.
Click Here for the full Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Children and Young People's Plan.
Click Here for a short summary booklet of the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Children and Young People's Plan.
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