Safer Internet Day 2024

Safer Internet Day 2024 takes places on 6th February with the theme of ‘Inspiring Change?  Making a Difference, Managing Influence and Navigating Change Online’.  The online world is a fast moving space with a host of new and emerging trends.  For practitioners, parents and carers who have responsibility for children and young people, it is often hard to keep up as well as understand the impact of technology and where the risks might be.

This year, the Western and Northern Trust Digital Safeguarding Steering Groups have partnered up to host a range of masterclasses focusing on these online issues and concerns so that we help practitioners promote safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children, young people and their families.

Delivered by a range of experts from across the region and the UK, the workshops will explore:

  • Technology assisted abuse
  • Incels – what they are and how to support young people
  • Online sexual abuse, sextortion and sexploitation
  • Young people and pornography
  • Supporting vulnerable young people online
  • Key messages for practitioners so they can support and advise young people and their families

Full details including Eventbrite booking information are in the flyer below.

Safer Internet Day Feb 2024

Please note for the Technology Assisted Abuse session, all HSC staff can register via LearnHSCNI (linked on brochure). For non HSC staff, please complete booking form below.

Technology Assisted Abuse Booking Form

For more information about Safer Internet Day, click here


Causeway Connections Event

You are invited to attend our Causeway Connections Event on Thursday 14th February from 12pm- 1.30pm.  This event will be an open space opportunity to get to know some other local providers in your area and maybe even meet your Valentine Work match , with a photo booth there to capture it all!  You are welcome to bring a stand if you would like to promote your service.

We are hoping to put together an up to date list of the services attending on the day so can you please reply to  by Wed 30th Jan with the following brief information, which will be shared after the event:

Project Name- Geographical Area Covered- Theme or Target- Name- Contact- Stand- Y/N

If you do not have a service locally but are keen to find out what is available in the locality, please RSVP to to assist with numbers for catering and also so that we can share the directory of services after the event.

Successful Body Image Conference in the Northern Area


The Northern Area Outcomes Group in partnership with Locality Planning Members recently hosted a conference to explore body image and the harmful impacts of food choices on mood and effects of performance enhancing drugs on the body.


The conference welcomed several expert speakers to explore a range of issues with practitioners including:

  1. Vanessa Baird, Adapt, Action Mental Health – Body Image and Young People. Click here to find out more about ADAPT Eating Disorder Service
  2. Bridin McKenna, Life Therapies – Food and Mood. Click here to download this presentation
  3. Michael Gourley, Start360 – Performance Enhancing Drugs. Click here to download this presentation


Contact Us:

For more information about the conference please contact Selena Ramsey, Northern Outcomes Area Locality Planning Officer, NHSCT by Email at or Telephone at 028 2563 6608


Changing Childhood Conference – 22 March 2017

The CYPSP Cookstown and Magherafelt Locality Planning Groups will host a ‘Changing Childhood’ Conference in March 2017. This Conference will look at how some children and parents have become addicted to modern day technology and unhealthy food. We will discuss the effects these have on both the child and parent as well as exploring the parent child relationship, children’s behaviour, child development and modern day to day family life.

Click here to download the conference programme 


Conference details:

Date: 22 March 2017

Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm

Venue: The Burnavon, Cookstown


How to register:

The conference is open to anyone working with children, young people and families in the Northern Outcomes Area.To book a space contact Gemma Lutton by email at or telephone 028 2563 6615


Tackling educational underachievement with the Bushmills Education Partnership

CYPSP- BUSHMILLS-DAS_1750Young People and Parents from Bushmills joined representatives from the voluntary and statutory agencies, local schools and political representatives on Saturday 13th June to celebrate Education over the decades.  The event opened with a short video showcasing some ‘selfies’ from the village and a chat with some local people  about what life was like for them in Bushmills when they were young.

Bushmills Residents and Environmental Forum (BREF) started the Bushmills Education Partnership over 3 years ago with members now including parents, local primary schools, Dunluce School, the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP), EA Youth Service, Surestart, local youth groups and Corrymeela.  This group is open to all representatives in the community interested in working together to improve education outcomes for local young people.

Leanne Abernethy from BREF noted that “BREF are very excited to be hosting the 3rd annual Bushmills education festival as part of the Education Partnership.  The theme is ‘Back to the future’ which will help bring education past and present back into the community and there will bound to be some reminiscing done.”… Read more