CiNI – Parent Participation Service

Are you a passionate parent?    Calling all parents and carers in Northern Ireland! Join our Passionate Parents Network.

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The Parent Champion Network.   Would you like to team up with like-minded groups to build a strong network where we can support each other? 

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SBNI launches new Online Safety Hub


The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) is delighted that the Health Minister Robin Swann has officially launched the new Online Safety Hub for young people, carers and professionals. The Hub was developed in partnership with Ineqe Safeguarding Group, and delivered as part of the NI Executive’s Keeping Children and Young People Safe: An Online Safety Strategy. It is split into two sections, one for adults and one for young people and brings together expert advice and resources from a range of member and partner organisations so that audiences can easily access education and support all in one central place.


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Hub Highlights newsletter


Read and share the first edition of the Hub Highlights newsletter, it features the latest online safety resources and news from partner organisations. Sign up to receive the newsletter every two months.


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Promote the Hub in your organisation and community by using and sharing the bank of promotional resources – they include a poster, promotional video, social media graphics, email signatures and a stamp logo for websites.


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The Hub is designed to host content and resources from a range of multiagency organisations to help young people, carers, professionals and the general public easily access them all in one central place.


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Mencap are offering the EPAtS family support programme in the Derry area

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Take part in a parent support programme with Mencap in the Derry/Londonderry area and receive up to £60 worth of vouchers while helping with university research!

Early Positive Approaches to Support (E-PAtS) is an 8-week family support programme for parents/caregivers who have a child aged 18 months – 5 years with additional developmental needs.

EPAtS has been designed by families and practitioners and provides support for parents’ wellbeing and their child’s development including support with sleep, communication and positive approaches to supporting behaviours that challenge.

Mencap is offering the E-PAtS programme in Derry City as part of a research trial, being led by University of Kent.

If you decide to take part in the trial, you will be randomly picked to either attend an E-PAtS group in February 2024, or in 12 months’ time.

To find out more please come along to one of our short information sessions

 All sessions are open to parents and practitioners. 

There will be a short presentation with time for questions and a cuppa

DATE – Wednesday 6th December

LOCATION – Mencap Office, 17-19 Bishop Street, Derry, BT48 6PR


10.15am – 10.45am

11.15am – 11.45am

7.15pm – 7.45pm

8.15pm – 8.45pm

Pick a time that suits you!

For more information or any queries please contact your local Mencap Family Support Co-ordinator,

Lisa McGrath


phone, text or whatsapp: 07542392957

FREE Zoom Sessions to introduce you to online resources

ASCERT, South Eastern and Western Health and Social Care Trusts have been working to bring support to people at a much earlier stages.

Registration links for September workshops-

To sign up for sessions from October 2023 to March 2024 see the training brochure from the Western Trust  Health Improvement, Equality and Involvement Training Brochure | Western Health & Social Care Trust (



Summerhill Foundation Programme

Programme commencing Wednesday 4th October, 7-9pm x 4 weeks via zoom.
Summerhill Foundation have collaborated with Parenting NI to provide practical support to parents in the form of a 4-week programme. This programme will allow parents to meet (online) and discuss family life in a safe environment. Picking up tips on how to reduce household bills and expenses, play and connect with their child, practice self-care and become more confident in handling the daily pressures they face. By offering this programme it is our hope that families will benefit from a happier home life and children will feel more secure as they are given the support and love to enable them to reach their full potential in life. Session themes include nutrition and healthy eating, play and reading, cost of living, fitness and wellbeing.
Parents will receive a certificate and a £20.00 gift card on completion of the full 4 weeks. Parents just need to call Parenting NI support line on 0808 8010 722 to book a space.