During the COVID 19 crisis CYPSC has been working with colleagues to assist in the co-ordination of information on service delivery details and resources and supports.
The Waterford CYPSC website Events and Courses page is being used to upload useful resources and to hold a regularly updated list of local service information and a national and regional list of support services available. The lists are updated as agencies circumstances change and as additional supports are identified. Additional information and resources for parents and staff is also available.
Know Your Stuff – a new Sexual Health Booklet for young people and parents.
The topic of sexual health and relationships is a very important issue and based on our experience of working with young people in Waterford it was decided that the production of a sexual health booklet would be of benefit to young people and parents alike.
This is a joint initiative between Tusla, HSE and Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) as part of Waterford Children and Young Peoples Services Committee (CYPSC) and funded by Healthy Ireland.
Sexual health and relationships is such a broad topic. The booklet is not intended to be a compressive answer to all the topics but rather a starting point for information. The booklet seeks to provide current and up to date information on topics such as relationships, puberty, reproductive system, sexuality, dealing with a breakup, consent, on-line safety and contraception to name but a few. Links to other resources are included within the booklet to assist young people and parents to access further information on each of the topics.
Young people and parents were consulted and their feedback influenced the design, layout and content of the booklet. We hope that Know Your Stuff is easy to read and will act as a reference point for information and a conversation starter.
The booklet is available to youth groups, schools, informal education settings, libraries, etc. It is available in limited numbers in hard copy, contact Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org, and is available to download click here.
Waterford CYPSC has worked with the Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency (DESSA) between 2017 and 2019.
Workshops and training have been delivered which have resulted in the formulation of the Waterford CYPSC Disability Inclusion Framework. A number of staff also attended an accredited training programme entitled Capacity for Inclusion.
It gave practitioners the capacity and competence to understand the key factors that impact on a disabled child or young person’s access to equal opportunities in Irish life leading to their increased independence, social and community participation. It also sought to develop a co-ordinated approach in enhancing capacity and competence in prevention and early intervention for children and young people with disabilities and their families by developing a shared understanding of inclusion and disability equality.
Click here to read the Disability Inclusion Framework. Disability Inclusion Framework PDF
Additional training is planned on Inclusive Communication and Inclusive Consultation.
Waterford Directory of Services – supports for children, young people and families in Waterford.
The website was launched in late 2016. It brings together information on a range of services available for children, young people and families in Waterford, including mental health support for children and young people; health services for children, young people and families and help and support for families.
Please click here to view the Children and Young People's Plan for Autumn 2019-2022.
Please click here to view the Children and Young People's Plan for 2016-2018.
A profile of the services provided by the statutory, community and voluntary sector organisations to children and families.
Please click here to download.
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