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E-zine 60 : September 2020
CYPSP Learning from Covid Event 25 August
The Children & Young People's Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) met virtually on 25 August for a ’Learning from Covid ‘event.  This event provided an opportunity for partner agencies to share experiences and learning from work undertaken during the past 6 months, and to identify new and emerging issues and areas of need. The learning from Covid has and will continue to inform the work of the Partnership to ensure proactive planning to best meet the needs of children and families. 
The recruitment process for community, voluntary and BAME sector representatives to the Children & Young People's Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) has been extended to 12 noon on Wednesday 30 September 2020.  

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Partnership apply now via the Expression of Interest Form.
Expression of Interest Form

Helping everyone to feel included

Every person deserves an online experience that’s welcoming, we have therefore added Browsealoud to the CYPSP website which adds text-to-speech, reading and translation support, helping to make our content easily accessible to those who have hidden disabilities, such as dyslexia or other reading difficulties; visual impairments; and translations for English Language Learners.

Further Information
Northern Ireland Outcome Monitoring Report
To find out how our children and young people are doing across Northern Ireland by Trust area, download the latest outcome monitoring report, which provides trend analysis in relation to the Government's eight high level outcomes.
Download Report
Newcomer Families Access to Services
It came to the attention of the Southern Outcomes Group and Locality Planning groups that a disproportionate number of BAME communities have been testing positive for COVID-19. There are also a number of barriers for these families accessing appropriate services.

A multi-agency BAME Access to Services Task and Finish Group has been established by the Southern Outcomes Group.  A key area being progressed is linking with partner agencies and CAH virtual hospital to look at communication: share knowledge, ideas and best practice on how to engage and communicate more effectively with all communities, and improve access to services. 

A new central Translations Hub providing regional multi-agency translated information, advice and relevant links, has just been launched and is available  at
The group will also focus on carrying out a needs assessment for BAME Families and Children living across the Southern Trust area.  If you work with and/or support BAME families across the Southern Area please complete this short survey to help us shape services.
Southern Trust Area Locality Development Team

The CYPSP Southern Trust Area Locality Development Team have recently prepared a resource, which includes research, multi-media information and links to work carried out with regards to screen time.
The aim of the new Compilation of Screen Time Resources is to help raise awareness of existing information, so please share with colleagues and family members, if relevant.
All information collated is in the public domain and is only a sample of the plethora of information and research available. We simply aim to raise awareness of key material and further reading.
This new Compilation of Screen Time Resources is available to view on the CYPSP website, HERE.
If you wish to discuss any of the information contained or submit any links, for when the resource is updated at a later stage, please contact us via e-mail (

Fermanagh and Omagh Locality Planning Members Get A Preview of New Gambling Awareness Service for Young People in Northern Ireland

A very successful taster session was facilitated on-line by Gillian McAtackney, GamCare for a large number of members from the Fermanagh and Omagh Locality Planning Groups. Gillian shared with members that gambling-related harm can have a significant impact on physical and mental health for young people.

GamCare will begin to deliver gambling outreach, education and support to young people 11-19 years across the region from this autumn.

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South Eastern Area Locality Planning Groups: Fortnightly News

Welcome to the 29th edition of Fortnightly News, the Enewsletter which shares information to improve the outcomes for Children and Young People in your Locality.

As we are in World Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Month we have some useful information on mental health and wellbeing.

Download Fortnightly News

Southern Area Locality Planning Groups: FYI Newsletter

Welcome to Issue 44 of ‘FYI’.

Firstly, we would like to thank all of our member organisations who have continued to provide programmes, activities, workshops and webinars to support children, young people and their families across the SHSCT area, particularly during what has been a different ‘back to school’ period for us all.

Download FYI Newsletter
Fermanagh & Omagh Locality Planning Groups Get Up To Speed with Financial Wellbeing for Families During Covid 19

If ever we doubted the importance of financial wellbeing, this pandemic has brought it to the fore and demonstrated how vital the work Money and Pension Service (MaPS) are doing in this field.  In August MaPS Partnership Manager, Margaret McCloskey facilitated for the Fermanagh and Omagh Locality Planning Groups an online training platform session.

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Ards & North Down and Down Locality Planning Groups: Supporting Families - Directory of Services

The Ards & North Down and Down Locality Planning Groups are pleased to launch pocket sized booklets which have been designed for Parents,Families and Professionals.

Children across both localities  enjoy a range of Universal Services eg GP, Midwife, Health Visitor, Nursery and School. Occasionally families require additional support, and these new resources have a range of family support contacts, programmes and opportunities which we hope will help.


The latest edition of the Family Support Hubs Newsletter (August 2020) includes back to school and childcare resources, Covid advice and guidance as well as mental health resources including those specifically for young people.
Download Here
Visit for Information on a wide range of local family support services and registered childcare provision including current childcare advice in Northern Ireland.

Final Level One ACE Awareness, Level Two Trauma Sensitive Approaches to Practice and Train the
Trainer programme dates are now available to book.

Parentline NI

Parents, carers, family members… Call Parentline NI for advice, support or guidance. Freephone 0808 8020 400
Barnardo's Child Bereavement Service
For World Suicide Prevention Day, Barnardo's Child Bereavement Service shared stories to support children and young people who have been bereaved through suicide.  Watch the first story here.

Educational Underachievement Survey
The Expert Panel on Educational Underachievement has launched an online survey seeking views and evidence on the links between educational underachievement and social disadvantage. The survey is open until midnight on Friday 16 October.
Further Info & Link to Survey
Calling All Young People Aged 13-25 - Make Your Voice Heard!
Let The National Children's Bureau know what young people need and want from our Mental Health Services in NI by taking part in their survey.
Complete Survey
For ALL parents/carers: FREE supportive and reassuring information sessions on the challenges of parenting.
Sign Up Here
Online Programmes from Parenting NI Starting Autumn 2020

Odyssey Parenting Your Teen  Programme
Eight week programme open to parents living within Belfast, Downpatrick, Magherafelt and Strabane areas, commencing week beginning 28 September 2020 - further information and booking details

Parenting Apart for Mums Programme
Six week programme supporting mums to minimise the impact of separation on children - further information and booking details

Parenting Children's Challenging Behaviour - 5 November 2020
Six week parenting programme giving tips for managing challenging behaviour and reinforcing positive behaviour in children (Ballyclare area) - further information and booking details

Walking on Eggshells: Non Violent Resistance Programme
Eight week programme supporting mums and female cares living in the Belfast and Portadown areas to achieve a calmer and violent free home, starting 6 & 8 October 2020 - further information and booking details
Has your child faced challenges going back to school?

As a parent / carer it is important to talk openly about it with them.
Check out these tips from Barnardo's to help you get started.
Childcare is a key economic enabler & was a major issue for the NI Executive during COVID-19. We need all parents in NI to complete this short survey telling us their experiences of childcare during the pandemic & how it impacted their work.
Complete Survey
Health & Wellbeing of Parents Survey
We at Children in Northern Ireland operate the Regional Parent Helpline, Parentline NI.  We want to ensure the voice of parents is heard in all levels of decision making but especially at Government level.  We are therefore asking all parents to complete a survey to allow us to inform Government of what action they need to take to help parents, children and young people.

The survey can be found at
It only takes a few minutes to complete and you will be entered into a draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher.
Parenting Week is Nearly Here!

Parenting Week is a celebration of the important role parents play in their children’s lives. The week takes place every October, in 2020 Parenting Week will be from Monday 19th – Friday 23rd October.

As well as celebrating the amazing, and often difficult job parents do, the week gives us as an organisation an opportunity to focus on the issues affecting parents and to highlight the support available.

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Migrant Centre BAME Recovery Fund


MCNI BAME Covid-19 Recovery Fund which is now open to BAME-led organisations across NI.

Migrant Centre NI are now able to make grants available to support small BAME-led community organisations to deliver services at this challenging time.

Find Out More


Download the free Northern Ireland specific contact tracing app ‘StopCOVID NI’ to help support contact tracing and save lives.  The app will tell you automatically if you’ve been near another app user who tests positive.

Download StopCOVID NI App
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