Safe Children: Together we have got this!

To celebrate child safety week Childcare Partnerships are providing a workshop for early years practitioners focusing on summer safety. The workshop will include information on:

• Burns and Scalds (including sunburn)
• Bites and Stings
• Water safety – drowning, jelly fish etc.
• Choking
• Poisoning
• Falls

Date: Thursday 7th June 2018
Time: 7pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Massereene Golf Club, 51 Lough Road, Antrim


For further details see flyer below.

Child Safety Workshop Flyer

Play Matters – EITP Project

The Children and Young People’s Strategy Team within the Department of Education is taking forward a Play and Leisure project entitled Play Matters which is funded through the Delivering Social Change – Early Intervention Transformation Programme (EITP).

As part of the project’s play campaign they plan to promote key play messages through social media platforms and are asking you to support the project by taking the time to read and share their play messages through your own networks, forums and social media outlets. You can follow Play Matters on twitter at @Education_NI  #playmatters

If you would like more information or would like to hear more detail on the full Play and Leisure project (including Play Shaper and Play for Parents programmes) please contact Angela Stallard at or Pamela Baxter at or call 028 91279203.

For more information please click on the link below:

Play Matters Campaign Release

Play Matters Leaflet


Registration is now open for ‘Reinforcing or Reducing Inequalities Amongst Children? The Role of Child Protection and Community Services’ Conference

Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB) together with the Department of Health and the Department for Communities will host a one day conference entitled “Reinforcing or Reducing Inequalities Amongst Children?  The Role of Child Protection and Community Services” on Friday, 6 October 2017.

This conference will launch the findings from the ‘Child Welfare Inequalities Project’, a major research project funded by the Nuffield Foundation which examined the relationship between deprivation and child protection interventions across the four UK nations. Professor Paul Bywaters (Coventry University) and Dr Lisa Bunting (QUB) will present the findings from the UK wide and NI elements of this work. They will be joined by Dr Nat O’Connor (University of Ulster) who will be discussing economic inequality, as well as representatives from the NI policy and practice community.

The conference is free and the hosts would encourage attendance from policy makers, service commissioners and practitioners across the statutory and community sectors in NI.  It will be held in Riddel Hall, QUB and tea/coffee and lunch will be provided.

To register for this event please click on the link below:

Registration Form


“The Place Between” – A Play looking at Mental Health and Suicide through the eyes of our young people.

Developed and created by Prime Cut Productions working with young people from Lighthouse Charity, North Belfast Alternatives, Greater Shankill Alternatives and Hydebank Young Offenders Centre, “The Place Between” looks at Mental Health and Suicide through the eyes of our young people. We hear about the services and support in place and a war that rages to make sense of the world.

The performances are FREE, but it is important that you book tickets (via the links below) to ensure entry to the performances.

The Duncairn Centre – 4th April, 5:30pm – BOOK TICKETS

Greater Shankill Alternatives – 5th April 7:30pm – BOOK TICKETS

The Skainos Centre – 6th April 7:30pm – BOOK TICKETS

For more information click on the link below:

‘The Place Between’ Leaflet

Team Programme for unemployed young people aged 16-24years


Pathways Adventure Activities in partnership with the Princes Trust are running two Team programmes, in Bangor and Larne, starting on Monday 20th February 2017!  

This is a great opportunity for unemployed young people, aged 16-24 years to gain relevant qualifications and experience whilst working on their personal development along the way!


About the programme

This 12 week programme includes a Team Building residential, a Community Project, work placement (of the young person’s choice!) as well as vital CV writing and real-life career skills!

We also provide support after the programme to help young people into a positive outcome, some form of employment, education or training.

This programme does not affect their benefits entitlement whatsoever, we will pay for all travel (public transport), and we will also pay for childcare costs if required.  

Click here to read more about the programme 

Factsheet about the Team programme 


How to book a place on the programme

Booking is essential as spaces are limited. If you are interested in joining the programme please get in touch with the team as soon as possible.

Bangor Team Programme

John Devlin by email at or telephone 07598692445 or Charlene Woods at

Larne Team Programme

Julie Lynch at or David Doak at