CYPSP and Mencap Hype Project

Luke Hutchinson, young school leaver from Northern Trust area facilitates workshop with CYPSP

Luke Hutchinson, School Leaver, Teresa Hazzard, Mencap Hype Project and Anne Hardy, CYPSP facilitated a workshop at the 11th EUSE (European Union of Supported Employment) Conference “Building an Inclusive Europe through Supported Employment” at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin on the 11 – 13 June 2013.

The workshop explored issues and highlighted the benefits of collaborative work with a range of stakeholders to overcome barriers in transition for students with learning disabilities from mainstream schools.

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CYPSP representatives attended the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centres, 6th Biennial International Conference

CYPSP representatives at UNESCO event

The aim of the conference was to view trends challenges and options relating to citizens engagement and participation in the field of family support. A major theme of the conference related to the importance of participation, , not just in the development of effective family support practice but also in developing skills of citizenship and civic engagement for young people. This is particularly developed in the presentations by Professor Constance Flanagan and Professor Mark Brennan.

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Western Outcomes Group launch the beginning of the CYPSP Stakeholder events

CYPSP OG areas

CYPSP are organising stakeholder events within each of the Outcomes Group areas during the upcoming months of 2013 and early 2014.

The aim of the stakeholder events will be to talk to and listen to as wide an audience as possible including those who are already involved and those communities of children, young people, families and organisations who are yet to be engaged in the CYPSP planning process. The first Outcomes Group to run a series of stakeholder events is the Western Outcomes Group.


Children and young people with a disability and/or complex need in Northern Ireland- A Partnership Approach


Studies have proven that barriers continue to exist in childcare service provision for children with a disability and/or complex needs living in Northern Ireland. The DHSSPS granted approximately £95,600 in 2012/13 under the Small Grants Scheme to contribute towards the cost of specialist equipment or small adaptations to childcare provision with the anticipation that this would facilitate parents to return to work, education and/or training.

The DHSSPS supported Children in Northern Ireland (CiNI) to deliver a children’s disability training programme to increase the number of people equipped with the relevant skills and confidence to help care for a child with a disability. The CYPSP subgroup, Child Care Partnerships and DHSSPS are continuing to work to develop services in this area and a partnership working group has now been established to take this forward.

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CYPSP representatives visit Renfrewshire Council's early intervention services

Renfrewshire visit

During the CYPSP study trip to Scotland in June 2013, CYPSP representatives had the opportunity to meet with the Social Work Department of Renfrewshire Council in Scotland to learn about their outcomes focused approach to early intervention through the ‘Reaching for a Better Future’ strategy. Improvement plans have been developed with the application of key indicators and in align with the ‘Reaching for a Better Future’ strategy to help families achieve better outcomes.

Renfrewshire Council have a number of interlocking programmes of service including Triple P, Incredible Years and Functional Family Therapy. CYPSP members had a fantastic opportunity to visit a number of these services in practice

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