The Longford Westmeath Children and Young People’s Services Committee (LW CYPSC) was first established in November 2009. The committee was suspended for a period in the autumn of 2014 and was re-established in May 2016, under the auspices of a new chairperson and following a review of its composition. The Longford Westmeath CYPSC is made up of senior manager representatives from community, voluntary and statutory agencies that provide support, and /or service delivery to children and young people in Counties Longford and Westmeath.
Historically, there was a pre-existing ethos and culture of interagency work across the two counties of Longford and Westmeath, and it was due to the established positive working relationships, across the statutory, voluntary and community organisations, that led to the decision, to form a two county CYPSC for the area. Relations have continued to strengthen and the LW CYPSC has become a cornerstone, encouraging and enabling collaborative work to develop even further, between local children’s services across the two counties.
The LW CYPSC established four subgroups in January 2017, to target identified priorities. To read more about the subgroups please click here. The CYPSC and its subgroups are currently working to develop a local three year Children and Young People’s Plan, in consultation with children and young people in Longford and Westmeath. This plan will be uploaded to this page on its completion.
As the Longford Westmeath CYPSC continues to develop and grow, our main goal is to secure “Better Outcomes and Brighter Futures” for the children and young people of Longford and Westmeath. I have every confidence, that the LW CYPSC will achieve this goal, through continued engagement with young people and their families, further collaborative work and a greater integration of services in Longford and Westmeath.
Annette Maguire, Area Manager Midlands, Tusla the Child and Family Agency
Chairperson, Longford Westmeath Children and Young People’s Services Committee
Longford Westmeath CYPSC Child and Youth Participation Project
Approximately 400 children and young people, aged three to twenty four years of age, participated in the LW CYPSC Participation project in 2017, the aim of which is to capture the voice of children and young people across the two midlands counties, so as to inform the CYPSC’s upcoming Children and Young People’s Plan and in turn provide the young people of Longford and Westmeath with a meaningful input into services for Children and Young People in their local area. This project is the beginning of an ongoing dialogue between the LW CYPSC and the children and young people of Longford and Westmeath. A report and outcome from the consultations completed to date, can be found here. We look forward to the continued collaborative work by the LW CYPSC with the young people of Longford and Westmeath over the coming months and years.
Please see video clip below for further details of the consultation process.
Click here to learn more about the Priorities of Longford Westmeath CYPSC