Kerry Children and Young People's Services Committee was established in September 2010.
The Kerry CYPSC reports nationally to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the National CYPSC Steering Group. At county level the Kerry CYPSC reports to the Kerry Local Community Development Committee. Strategic leadership is provided locally in Kerry by the Kerry Children and Family Services Manager, Oliver Mawe.
Kerry CYPSC has established seven working groups:
- Child & Youth Mental Health
- Drugs & Alcohol
- Kerry Intervention & Disability Services
- Parenting & Family Learning
- Prevention, Partnership & Family Support
- Youth Participation
- Research & Information
These address issues which have a significant impact on children, young people and families in Kerry. Each working group has identified clear aims and objectives and an evidence informed action plan to improve outcomes for children, young people and families.
The Kerry CYPSC has recently completed the development of their second Kerry CYPSC Workplan for Children and Young People 2014 – 2017.
Other achievements include the publication of:
- Kerry CSC Child Well-Being Indicator Reports (2012 & 2013)
- Kerry CSC Directory of Services
- THINK – Teenage Health In Kerry Booklet and mobile phone App
- Guidelines for Referrals to Youth Mental Health Services
- Critical Incidents Response Protocol
- Parenting Programmes Information Leaflet
- Listowel Youth Resource Panel Information Leaflet
- and a Fact Sheet on Welfare Entitlements for the Self-Employed
Kerry CYPSC has supported the reconfiguration of disability services in the county. It has also mapped volunteer led youth clubs in Kerry. Kerry CYPSC works very closely with Kerry Comhairle na nÓg (Child and Youth Council).
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