Children and Young People's Services Committees (CYPSC) were set up by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (now the Department of Children and Youth Affairs) in 2007 in 4 pilot areas: Donegal, Dublin City, Limerick City and South Dublin. Kildare joined Phase II of the initiative, along with 5 other areas, in 2009. Following the establishment stage, the inaugural meeting of the Kildare Children and Young People's Services Committee took place in June 2010.
The Co-ordinator post was filled in March 2011. The first 3-Year Plan was submitted to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in September 2011.
The completion of the Kildare Children and Young People's Services Committee Plan was the culmination of the efforts of many individuals and organisations in Co. Kildare. It bears testament to the positive inter-agency work that is taking place in the county, while offering a valuable opportunity to further strengthen the collaborative approach.
There is no doubt that these are challenging times in which to support children, young people and families. However, this serves to reinforce the importance of ensuring that the resources available are used most effectively.
In light of this, the Kildare Children and Young People's Services Committee 3-Year Action Plan strives to promote enhanced service quality and access, through greater coordination and integration in planning, delivery and evaluation.
I would like to thank all who contributed to the development of the first Action Plan and who remain committed to the process as we embark on the journey to deliver our second 3-Year Plan.
Patricia Finlay, Area Manager for Dublin South West/Kildare/West Wicklow, Tusla the Child and Family Agency
Chairperson, Kildare Children and Young People's Services Committee
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