Annual Family Support Hub Report Card 2021/22

FSH Annual Report Card 2021/22 and Family Samples 2021/22 are now available on the website under Family Support Hub Monitoring on the Family Support Hub page or downloaded here.

It has been another very busy year for the Family Support Hubs and referral numbers have risen each year since monitoring began. Hubs continue to meet the needs of families across all 29 Hubs and ensure families are able to access early intervention services to best meet their needs. The annual report reflects the hard work and dedication of the Hub Coordinators and members through the year and reaffirms the effectiveness of the Hubs.

Family Support Hub Newsletter – February Edition

The February Edition of the Family Support Hub Newsletter is now available to download at

This edition is packed full of information for parents/carers, early years, children & young people with a disability,  mental health and wellbeing advice,  Helplines and much more – make sure you download your copy now!

Previous editions of the newsletter are available at  under Family Support Newsletter section.


Participation for Protection (P4P)

Participation for Protection (P4P) is a European Commission funded project aimed at enhancing child-centred approaches and rights-based supports and treatments for children and young people who experience violence, and for those who work with them to better understand their needs. The project led by Dr Siobhan McAlister, Centre for Children’s Rights at Queen’s University Belfast included partners from Austria; Belgium; Germany; the Republic of Ireland; Romania; and the UK.

The Centre for Children’s Rights at Queen’s University Belfast, under the directorship of Professor Laura Lundy, has pioneered an innovative methodology for conducting rights-based participatory research with children – ‘The Lundy Model’ (based on four key concepts – Space, Voice, Audience and Influence). P4P is an excellent example of the Lundy Model in practice as it developed child-informed training and resources for children and young people, and professionals, focused on what really matters to children who have experienced violence. The resources build the capacity of children who have experienced violence to claim their rights and also builds the capacity of professionals to fulfil their obligations to the children they work with.

P4P consulted with over 1300 children and young people, aged 8-18 years, across the partner countries regarding their views on what constitutes harm, what helps in terms of disclosure and what makes for good service responses. Consultations involved children in schools, and specific groups at risk of, or already experiencing violence, including: children in care; children in detention/ in conflict with the law; Roma or Traveller children; children living in high conflict communities; child migrants and refugees; children with experience of domestic violence; and children who identify as LGBTQ+.

Importantly, two children and young people’s advisory groups, based in Northern Ireland, were recruited from St Ita’s Primary School, Include Youth’s Give and Take Programme and Newstart Education Centre. They informed key aspects of the project such as developing consultation tools to use with other children and young people, and interpreting the data to draw out key messages from the consultations that provided a framework for the training programme.

The project originated from the belief that while there may be training resources for trainees and professionals who work with children experiencing violence, or at risk of violence, these are often developed by adults and hence from an adult perspective. The P4P team wanted to understand from children’s perspectives: what constituted violence; what might act as barriers to disclosing violence and seeking support; what constituted useful support; and how professionals could better respond to their needs.

The training resources, including a short animation which was co-designed with young people can be accessed in the link below.


T:BUC Funding Forums for 2020/21 Applications

The 2020/21 competitions for T:BUC Camps, and Central Good Relations funding programmes are due to open at the end of November 2019. To help you apply, the Executive Office will be hosting three T:BUC Funding Forums in local council areas.

The T:BUC Funding Forums are a great way to find out more about the good relations funding that is available and how to apply for it. Executive Office staff will be available at each forum to talk about your good relations project, with timed slots available each day between 1.00 pm to 7.00 pm.

Details of Funding Forums 

Register now at

The All Party Group on Children & Young People

Children in Northern Ireland are the Secretariat to the All Party Group on Children & Young People.  They are delighted to announce their new Chairperson Chris Lyttle MLA, Deputy Chairperson Catherine Kelly MLA, Secretary Mike Nesbitt MLA & Treasurer Michelle McIlveen MLA. 

If you would like to attend the All Party Group on Children & Young People meetings please email to be added to the emailing list.