Opening remarks were made by Chief Superintendent Michael Clancy, Sligo Leitrim Gardai; Miriam Connaughton, Social Work Team Leader, Tusla Child & Family Agency; and Mary Quinn, Director of Services, Leitrim Co Council.
An independent facilitator engaged for the event worked with attendees to list services/supports already in place and working well; the priority needs/gaps; and possible solutions. Breakout groups focussed on safety in the community; safety in Early Years Services, schools and the education environment; and safety in the home.
These breakout groups were facilitated by staff from various agencies delivering services to children, young people and families in Sligo and Leitrim.
A final report was prepared. Safeguarding Consultation Event
Parenting Programmes Showcase Event
Sligo Leitrim CYPSC hosted a Parenting Programmes Showcase Event to share information with service providers to children, young people and families and as a celebration of International Children’s Day. The event took place on 1st June 2017 in the Conference Room, Old Nazareth House, Church Hill, Sligo, from 9.30am to 11am.
The purpose was to promote parenting programmes delivered by a service to other service providers and agencies. It is intended that the attendees will in turn promote or deliver these programme to parents, especially targeted parents.
Presentations were made by:
- Tricia Mc Laughlin, Manager, Sligo Leitrim Lifestart: The Growing Child
- Orla Tuohy, National Parenting Lead Tusla and Lifestart Foundation: Tusla, Parenting 24Seven
- Caroline Bradshaw, Assistant Manager, Sligo Family Resource Centre: Parents Plus
- Catherine Meehan, Lead Family Visitor, Sligo Leitrim Lifestart: Parents Plus
- Anne Marie Regan, Project Leader, Foroige Sligo Leitrim: Common Sense Parenting
- Mary Hough, Director, Sligo Education Centre: Incredible Years
A further presentation was made on the development of an ‘App for Parents’ by Tricia Mc Laughlin, Manager of Sligo Leitrim Lifestart. Tricia is chair of sub group under the CYPSC Parenting Support Working Group. She advised that the sub group received Tusla Seed Funding in 2016 and is developing a simple easy to use App to assist parents to navigate the services and supports involved in supporting their family. The service provider will assist the parent to input initial information onto the App. This will then link to a calendar where information regarding times and dates of next appointments will be imputed.
Tricia advised that the App will be:
- A simple user friendly product, once downloaded, will not require internet access.
- A product which will enable parents to manage appointments and see clearly ‘who’ has ‘what’ role with ‘which’ organisation in supporting their family.
- Parents and services will be able to work together to manage the services which are supporting the family.
- It will give parents a link to other services which may be of benefit to them.
Tricia further stated that the App will link to the existing Sligo Leitrim Directory of Services.
Services providers from a variety of statutory, community and voluntary agencies attended the event and places were limited to 40 attendees. There was a very positive response from attendees to the presentations and literature advertising the programmes along with information from other services was also available.
There was much interest and anticipation with regard to the Parents’ App.
Sligo Leitrim Children and Young People's Services Committee, in partnership with the Sligo Leitrim Youth Mental Health Initiative provided a two-day training workshop on ‘The Decider Programme’ on 27th and 28th April 2017.
One of the greatest challenges is teaching children and young people the skills to understand and manage their own emotions and mental health. The Decider is a skills-based programme which develops resilience. It teaches Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) mental health skills that are fun, effective, memorable and easy to use. It can be used at home, in education and youth settings, in the workplace and in social and health settings.
The Decider summarises thirty-two CBT and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) informed skills under four core skill sets:
- the acceptance skills of distress tolerance
- the change skills of emotion regulation
- Inter-personal effectiveness.
The Decider Skills workshops ran over 2 full days, starting with an introduction about ‘The Decider’ and ‘The Lifejacket Metaphor’ on the first half day.
The trainers demonstrated how they teach and present all 32 skills within ‘The Decider Programme’. There were group discussions and opportunities to share ideas about how participants might teach the skills to their client group. The workshop was fun, creative and innovative...and probably very unlike anything trainees attended before!
The aim of the programme is to demonstrate to front-line staff how they can use the skills effectively within their professional practice, both in groups and with individuals. Participants also find the skills very useful for their own personal lives.
The workshops was offered to everyone who works with children and young people in Sligo and Leitrim to enable them to enhance the mental health of those they work with, including:
youth workers, teachers, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, support workers, nursing assistants, volunteers, social workers, probation and prison staff, therapists and consultant service users.
The training was made possible by the support of Sligo Leitrim Children and Young People's Services Committee, the Sligo Leitrim Youth Mental Health Initiative, the Déan Athrú Group, and the agencies working to support same.
(See the Decider website for full details of programme content.)
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