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E zine: 48
June 2018

The Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership, Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and wider HSC family came together recently to wish Fionnuala McAndrew, Director of Social Care and Children in the HSCB a happy retirement!

We would like to thank Fionnuala for her proactive and strong leadership role to CYPSP and Social Care and we would like to express a special thanks for all her hard work and commitment!

Regional ACE Reference Group
The Health and Social Care Sector jointly hosted a Regional Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Conference hosted back in November 2017 that set a platform for the regional roll out of the ACE agenda across Northern Ireland. Since the conference a Regional ACE Reference Group has been established to support continued momentum and integration of the ACE agenda in Northern Ireland and support the EITP ACE Workstream Projects. Click here to find out more about the Regional ACE Conference.
To find out more about the Regional ACE Reference Group follow the read more below.

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Northern Area Outcomes Group
In 2016/17, the level of combined overweight and obesity in Year 8 pupils in the Northern Outcomes Area was 22.74%, which is an overall reduction of 6 percentage points in the Outcomes Area since 2012/13. The Child Health Coordinator, Northern HSC Trust shared the latest pathway outcomes with outcomes group members. The report is available to download below.
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Inclusive Communities in Southern Area
The Southern Outcomes Group along with the Armagh LPG hosted a workshop on 17 May in the Epicentre Armagh, on Inclusive Communities – Building Services for all Children and Young People across the Armagh and Dungannon area. Attendees were presented with best practice on how groups can be more open and inclusive to young people with a disability, including an information pack of easy steps on how to make your service more accessible; presentations on experiences of good practice from service providers, and “Ask the Expert” a service user perspective. Download presentations here. 
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Creating a child friendly community in the Western Outcomes Group Area 
A child friendly city or community is a place where the voices, needs, priorities and rights of children are considered and taken seriously. The Western Outcomes Group in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council are working with UNICEF to develop a model of child participation in Northern Ireland by 2020. The model will ensure that young people have the opportunity to express their views and are actively involved in planning and shaping services.
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Engaging with young people in Newtownabbey

Pupils from Abbey Community College Newtownabbey participated in an engagement workshop on 24 April in Newtownabbey. The purpose of the workshop was to involve pupils in the planning and development of a nurse model for their school. The workshop was welcomed by Antrim and Newtownabbey Mayor Councillor Paul Hamill and supported by CYPSP in partnership with the Public Health Agency. Further information will follow shortly.
Newry Disability Inclusion Workshop
The Newry Locality Planning Group recently hosted a workshop for  organisations in the local area to come together and share good practice on how agencies are shaping their services around children and young people with a disability to ensure the inclusiveness of all children. Twenty seven people attended the workshop and a full day’s programme commenced with a speed networking session where 150 new contacts were made by participants.  Click here to read more about the workshop
Understanding poverty faced by families in rural communities 
The CYPSP Fermanagh and Omagh Locality Planning Groups recently hosted a seminar to bring together practitioners working with families in the Western Outcome Area to understand the level of poverty experienced by families in rural localities of Fermanagh and Omagh.  The event was an opportunity to share national child poverty research alongside the role of the local family support hubs and the Family Support NI website of services. Click here to find out more  
Back to School Uniform Initiatives in Ards and Down Sectors

Following the success of last year's Downpatrick Back to School Uniform Initiative, the CYPSP Down and the Ards and North Down Locality Planning Groups have expanded the project. A series of designated drop off sites have been identified for families to donated uniforms they no longer need. This will be followed by a series of back to school fairs. For Ards Sector Back to School Project click here. For the Down Sector Back to School Projects click here
Family Support Hub Newsletter
The June 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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The CYPSP, Children in Northern Ireland and the Education Authority are working together on an initial mapping exercise to identify the existing children and young people's participation structures in Northern Ireland. To find out more about this project click here. Please take a few minutes to complete our short questionnaire through the read more below
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As part of the Department of Education's ‘Play Matters’ project and Play Messaging Campaign a briefing paper on Play and Digital Technology has recently been developed. The briefing explores the changing world of play and how digital technology and screen time has become very much a part of our everyday lives. It also highlights key messages to parents and gives some suggestions on how to strike a balance between limiting screen time and offering other playful opportunities. Click here to download the Play and Technology Briefing Paper
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School Holidays are only around the corner - check out leisure and youth services in your local area on the Family Support NI website which provides details of a wide range of services provided by statutory, voluntary and community organisations to support families. This information will help Families, Young People, Children and Practitioners in Northern Ireland to find local services....


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