Roscommon School Refusal Resource Pack: Information for Schools and Parents
School refusal is a challenge that confronts all schools sooner or later, both Primary and Secondary level. Early recognition and intervention are key to prompt resolution. Where the problem persists or becomes complex, schools often seek the advice and support of outside agencies. However, navigating the system (for example knowing who to contact and when) can pose its own set of challenges. To this end, Tusla Family Support Services, National Educational Psychology Service, Educational Welfare Service, PCCC Psychology (HSE) and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service have joined to produce this Resource Pack for Schools and Parents.
Download a copy of the Roscommon School Refusal Pack here.
The Happy and Healthy Volcano
Launched by the Ombudsman for Children, Dr. Niall Muldoon, the Happy and Healthy Volcano presents the findings of a programme of consultations undertaken by Roscommon Children and Young People's Servcies Committee within six preschool settings across the county in early 2017. Over 120 children, aged 3 ½ - 4 years, were asked about what they think would help them to live healthier, happier and more active lives.
Download the Happy and Healthy Volcano here.
To read the Press Release issued after the launch of the Volcano click 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 standalone session or added on to existing parenting programmes and parenting support initiatives. It is designed to be adaptable to the changing needs of parents and families. A consultation process that has been informing the content and style of the materials is ongoing. Once this consultation process is complete the materials will be finalised and formatted.
Click here to download the Facilitation Guide (draft) and click here to download the training slides (draft).
LGBT Friendly Roscommon 2017
LGBT Friendly Roscommon 2017 is a public awareness initiative organised by the LGBT Sub-Group of Roscommon Children and Young People’s Services Committee and is the result of a collaboration of many agencies including Tusla Child and Family Agency, Office for Suicide Prevention HSE, Foróige, Comhairle na nÓg, Social Inclusion Office of Roscommon County Council, Roscommon LEADER Partnership and Second Level Schools in the County.
This initiative is aimed at making service providers, community groups and sports clubs more LGBT friendly. The initiative comprises three elements:
Strand 1: LGBT Friendly Roscommon 2017 symbol
Designed by Luke McEvoy, a secondary school student of Elphin Community College, the LGBT Friendly Roscommon 2017 symbol will help identify services and spaces as LGBT friendly. The rationale for a bespoke, Roscommon-specific, symbol is to encourage people to view issues affecting LGBT young people as locally relevant.
To download the symbol as a poster Click here.
Strand 2: Awareness Raising Workshops
A county wide programme of awareness raising workshops.
An initial programme of workshops was delivered in five locations across the county. To enquire about future workshops, contact the CYPSC Coordinator.
Strand 3: Code of Practice Template
This template sets out simple and practical steps that can help service providers, community organisations and sporting clubs to be more LGBT friendly. The template has been compiled in consultation with regional and national LGBT organisations and can be downloaded for free from www.cypsc.ie.
To download the template for a Code of Practice Click here.
Listen to a podcast of Caroline Duignan, Coordinator CYPSC Roscommon, speak with Marieclaire Grealy on Shannonside Radio about this initiative Click here.
Online Resource Library: Impact of Parental Mental Health Sub-Group
The parental Mental Health Sub-Groups of Galway and Roscommon CYPSC's have compiled on online resource library of resources relating to the mental health of parents. The Sub-Group invites amendments and additions to this document.
To view the Resource Library Click here.
To contribute to the document, please contact the CYPSC Co-ordinator.
This is Me / Seo Misa: Successful Transitioning from Pre-School to Primary School
Roscommon and Galway CYPSCs recently launched a joint initiative to support the transition of children from pre-school to primary school called “This is Me” / "Seo Misa".
The “This is Me” / "Seo Misa" booklet enables early years practitioners to record information about what a child can do by the time he or she is leaving pre-school. This precious booklet is then shared with the Junior Infant teacher whose class the child will be starting primary school in. This helps the teacher to get to know each child coming in to their class. Copies of booklet are available in English and Irish from the CYPSC Coordinator.
Click here to read the story.
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