Looked After Children in Education Workshop

The Health and Social Care Board and Education Authority jointly hosted a workshop to review how Looked After Children are supported to achieve educational attainment and economic well being in Northern Ireland. The workshop took place in September 2018 and was attended by over 70 delegates representing departments, statutory services, academia and community and voluntary sector service providers.

The presentations from the workshop can be accessed via the links below:


For any further information please contact Deirdre Coyle, Regional Commissioning Lead, Health and Social Care Board by email at deirdre.coyle@hscni.net 


Final Call – Trauma Informed Yoga in Practice

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust invite you to a unique event to experience the impact and benefits of trauma informed yoga in practice with our service users. This event is co-produced with the young people who took part in the Award Winning Yoga Programme in Southern H&SC Trust.

The impact of yoga on children and young people’s physical and mental well being.
Transfer of the programme for use in different settings.

For anyone working with children and young people.
For those interested in implementing the programme with other service users.
For young people.

DATE:  28th September 2018
TIME:  10am to 1pm
LOCATION:  Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon

CLOSING DATE:   11th September 2018

Please confirm attendance and any dietary requirements  as soon as possible with Irene.McClure@southerntrust.hscni.net

To view the flyer click here.



A digital version of VOYPIC NEWS has just been published. Produced by our VOYPIC News Hounds, it’s full of articles and pictures celebrating our third Care Day on 16 February 2018

Read articles written by young people on making a video, visiting Wales, meeting Lord Mayors, going to school, being a Young Leader and much more. See pictures from the amazing Night at the Museum and Care Day events across Northern Ireland. Challenge yourself with the VOYPIC #CareDay18 puzzle.

BIG SHOUT OUT to our VOYPIC News Hounds Amy, Aaron, Jodie, Jordan, Kian, Martha and Stacie and to Stephen at Appleby Print for making it look amazing!

Find out more at www.voypic.org/news/item/318-special-careday18-edition-of-voypic-news-hits-the-stands


Celebrating 10 years of the Fostering Achievement Scheme in Northern Ireland


The Fostering Achievement Project recently hosted the Aspire, Achieve, Succeed Outcomes Seminar to promote and support educational achievement of children in foster care in Northern Ireland . Fionnuala McAndrew, Director of Social Care and Children from the Health and Social Care Board was in attendance at the event.

The scheme which is commission by the HSCB and delivered on behalf of the Board by The Fostering Network supports and promotes the educational attainment of children in foster care. This year’s theme; “Aspire, Achieve, Succeed” reiterated the importance and relevance of this Scheme which benefits both children and their foster carers.

A detailed report from the seminar will be available soon.


For more information about Fostering Achievement please click here www.fosteringachievement.net


Photograph Caption:

Karen Sharkey, (foster carer), Fionnuala McAndrew (HSCB), Dr Karen Winter (QUB), Brendan Whittle, (SEHSCT), Angela Burns, Kathleen Toner (The Fostering Network), Eilis McDaniel (DoH)

Department of Health Minister welcomes EITP EDGES Service showcase at Stormont

The Department of Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill addressed Health and Social Care providers at a recent Long Gallery showcase of the EITP EDGES Service. The EDGES Service is one of the projects funded through the Early Intervention Transformation Programme.

The Programme is funded jointly by five government Departments (Department of Health, Department of Education, Department of Justice, Department for Communities and Department for Employment and Learning), Delivering Social Change and Atlantic Philanthropies.  Department of Health leads the implementation of this cross-government initiative.The aim of the service is to provide an evidence informed, specialist ‘earlier intervention’ service for young people primarily between the ages of 12 to 17 years, who are on the ‘edge of care’, custody and or education.

One parent who has three children who have benefitted from accessing the EDGES Service has said “EDGES is a totally fantastic group to be involved with and if I ever slip back I know for a fact they would be the first people that I would contact.”

To read more about the EDGES Service and the showcase event in the Long Gallery at Stormont click here

For further information about the service contact Helen Dunn, Health and Social Care Board at Helen.Dunn@hscni.net