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E zine: 50
October 2018

Significant EU investment to help transform the lives of vulnerable families
Leading experts speaking at the first cross border Multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences (MACEs) conference highlighted that children who have been exposed to situations such as domestic violence, alcohol/drug abuse, mental illness and bereavement can experience negative impacts which last well into adulthood. The 650 plus attendees at the event were informed that ACEs are more commonplace than we think and that many of us will have experienced at least one ACE in our childhood.

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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.

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World Health Organisation International Conference in Belfast 2018!
The Regional ACE Reference Group for Northern Ireland hosted a seminar on Adverse Childhood Experiences as part of the World Healthy Cities International Conference in Belfast on 1 October 2018. The seminar was attended by over 130 delegates including international visitors, department officials and local service providers from across Northern Ireland. To find out more and download the presentations from the seminar click the read more link below.

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Northern Area Outcomes Group
The Northern Outcomes Group has been learning from best practice at a recent disability themed workshop. Following the success of two Southern Outcomes Group Disability Inclusion events hosted in May 2018 in Armagh and Newry, Darren Curtis, the Southern Area Locality Planner shared the learning and a short video from the Armagh event that can be downloaded below. The Northern Area Outcomes Group is in discussions to take forward similar events locally.
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South Eastern Area Outcomes Group
In delivering upon the South Eastern Area Outcomes Groups' Children's Plan to ensure 'our children will be resilient and have positive mental health and well being', the South Eastern Domestic and Sexual Violence Partnership will host a one day domestic violence awareness training session on 16 November 2018 for professionals and practitioners working with children and families who could be impacted by domestic violence. 
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Southern Area Outcomes Group
The Southern Outcomes Group have identified  Enjoying & Playing as one of their priorities and are working on developing a searchable database and guidance to provide those who have programmes or activities to deliver with a resource that will help individuals source suitable venues across the Southern area and help navigate - what the process is, who to contact, notice required and any costs required. The Outcomes Group would like to make this information publicly available centrally online and printable. If you are based in the Southern Area and would like to include your venue please complete the questionnaire linked below and submit by Friday 9th November 2018.
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Portadown Gets Active 2018
July saw the continuation of our Portadown Gets Active programme which aims to provide a positive and participatory response to the need to tackle holiday hunger and provide family support outside of school term time.  Oasis Youth Project in Portadown, our lead community partner, worked closely with key partners to provide 6 days activities, education and meals for 93 children who were again supported by our 20 amazing Peer Mentors and 10 Blue Crew peers who completed the OCN Level 1 in Youth Leadership and ASD awareness session in preparation for the programme.   
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Bessbrook Summer Scheme!
The South Armagh LPG identified an absence of summer activities for Primary School age children in Bessbrook, a Neighbourhood Renewal area, and worked in partnership to provide a week-long summer scheme in the area.  42 children participated and enjoyed activities ranging from Cookery to Dance and Movement, Arts & Crafts and Physical Activity. The week was a collaboration between SPACE, CYPSP, Besssbrook Youth Club, NMandD Council, EA Youth Service and Clanmill Housing. Read more
Building resilience in Schools
Barnardo’s NI with the CYPSP Ards and North Down Locality Planning Group and SEHSCT hosted a one day training workshop on the Botvin Life Skills Programme to support 18 primary school teachers to build the resilience of pupils in the classroom. The programme has been proven to develop children’s skills, knowledge and attitude in school.  83% of participants reported that the training enhanced their understanding of LifeSkills and the importance of building a resilient classroom.  
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Down Sector Family Support
The Down Locality Planning Group recently launched their Directory of Family Support Services locally.
This pocket sized booklet has been designed for Parents, Families and Professionals. Children in the Down Locality enjoy a range of Universal Services e.g. GP, Midwife, Health Visitor, Nursery and School. Occasionally families require additional support, this Directory has a range of Family Support contacts which we hope will help. 

To download the document click here 
Family Support Hub Newsletter
The October Edition of the Family Support Hubs Newsletter is now available to download here. This newsletter will keep you up to date with opportunities and new services available to families in need of support. If you would like to register to receive the newsletter or promote your service in the next edition of the newsletter please send details to:
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Family Support Hubs Core Members Survey 2017/18 Report
The Family Support Hubs have been growing and developing for the last 6 years and there are currently 29 Hubs in operation across Northern Ireland. The Family Support Core Members Survey for 2017/18 is now complete. We received over 200 responses from across the 29 family support hubs. Click here to read the report
Watch Ellen Finlay from Children in Northern Ireland and Andrew McGreery from Oasis Youth Project in Portadown discuss holiday hunger and how important it is to take part in the Children’s Future Food Inquiry. Click here to download the short video link 
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Parenting Week 2018!
Join Parenting NI to celebrate the Power of Parent Child Relationships this Parenting Week from 22-26 October 2018. Children's most important early relationships are with their parents. 
Positive parent-child relationships are important for all areas of children’s development. Spending quality time and showing warmth, care and respect, can strengthen your relationship with your child. Parenting NI are encouraging everyone to get involved with Parenting Week and have developed a number of resources which you can use during the week with your children or with the parents and children you work with. Click the link below to find out more
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