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E-zine 53 : April 2019
Young People in Northern Ireland call for a Children's Food Watchdog
Children in Northern Ireland, part of the Children’s Future Food Inquiry, has launched a new report calling for an independent UK wide Children’s Food Watchdog to lead the charge on tackling children’s food poverty throughout the UK.

The Children’s Future Food Inquiry is the first attempt to directly and systematically seek the views of children and young people living in poverty across the UK. It has spent 12 months investigating children’s food insecurity in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, and the project’s final report pulls together direct input from hundreds of young people, frontline staff, academics and experts.
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Northern Area Outcomes Group
The Northern Area Outcomes Group held a workshop  ‘Building Inclusive Services for Children and Young People for services working in Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey.’ in Mossley Mill on 1st March 2019. The event brought together a broad range of groups, organisations and stakeholders to share best practice on being open and inclusive. There was a particular focus on how services can be more accessible to children and young people with disabilities.  
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Southern Area Outcomes Group
The Southern Area Outcomes group held a workshop on Wednesday 3rd April to look specifically at the impact of screen time with some great discussions and insights into the impact of screen time and the importance of one to one interaction for children & young people to improve.  A new sub group on screen time has been established and will be chaired by Jacinta Linden, SPACE who reflected on the workshop "We had a really thought provoking presentation by Orla Murtagh from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust on screen time! Some great discussion and reflection on collaborative options for change, co-production, partnership and balanced messaging". To keep up to date on progress visit the Southern Area Outcomes Group webpage. 
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Down Locality Planning Group: Balanceability Course

The CYPSP  Down Locality Planning Additional Needs Sub-group  made up of partners from Autism NI, Parent Action, Barnardos, SEHSCT, Mencap, SureStart, NMADDC, Early Years, Co Down Rural Community Network and Downpatrick Autism Family Support Group recently hosted a Learn to Cycle 6 week Balanceability Course  at Edengrove Church Ballynahinch. The Balanceability Course was run as the result of the expressed need of Children and Young People with Additional Needs living in the Down area.


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Ards & North Down Locality Planning Group: Fun and Safety Awareness Day

The CYPSP Ards and North Down Locality Planning Group in partnership with the Policing Community Safety Partnership and many other partners hosted a family fun and safety awareness day for children and families living in the communities of the North Down Area at the Bangor Elim Complex.

The Bangor Family Fun and Safety Day was the third in a series of three engagement events that have been hosted by the  Ards and North Down Locality Planning Group with partners to increase awareness of Public Safety services available locally and to enable families to have their say on the role of the locality planning group.


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Newry Locality Planning Group: Our Journey through Disability
On Wednesday 27th March the Newry Locality Planning Group, Disability Sub Group, in partnership with parents and carers of children/young people with a disability, held an event entitled “Our Journey Through Disability”.  The aim of the event was to provide other parents of children with a disability, the chance to learn of the services available to their families, to listen to the journeys taken by 8 families from birth to transition to adulthood, and to speak directly with service providers to identify the barriers faced and possible solutions. The event included amazing and powerful videos from parents sharing their journeys.
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Downpatrick Locality Planning Group: Blues Programme
We are currently delivering the Blues Programme in 9 Post primary schools within the South Eastern area.  This is an innovative and evidence based programme which has proven to be extremely beneficial in supporting young people in Northern Ireland. The main aim is to improve the emotional well-being of those students aged between 13-19 years who require support around anxiety, depressive tendencies and social functioning.  This in turn will improve their educational outcomes, reduce anti-social and risk taking behaviours and improve their coping and life skills.
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 Family Support Hubs Celebration Event

A Family support hub celebration event was held on 7th March to acknowledge the amazing work and support all the family support hubs across Northern Ireland provide.  There were speakers from each Trust area who shared their learning and achievements and examples of positive outcomes for families and keynote speakers sharing HSE/Tusla PPFS systems change towards integrated prevention, evidence informed practice and inclusiveness of children and families highlighting importance of good leadership to reshape cultural change to delivering better outcomes for children

Helen Dunn thanked everyone who contributed to the Family Support Hubs celebration especially Prof. Caroline McGregor, Carmel Devaney and Dr. John Canavan from UNESCO Galway as well as all the Trust staff and hub co- ordinators from across N.Ireland
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Family Support Hub Newsletter
The April 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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Need to find a local family support service or childcare? Visit  new look website where you will find information on local services, registered childcare and financial support across Northern Ireland. This is an excellent resource for all.
News and Events
EITP Workstream 3 Celebration Event
An EITP workstream 3 celebration event was held on 4 April to celebrate the positive outcomes and transformation changes brought about through the Care Proceedings Project, Building Better Futures Project, Home on Time Project, PAUSE and FDAC Projects with a keynote presentation from Professor Judith Masson, University of Bristol on 5 Snapshots from outcomes of Care Proceedings Children's Study in England.  Speaking at the event, Sean Holland noted that "12 of the 19 EITP projects have been mainstreamed, something for future ministers to think about in deciding where we go with early intervention in NI"  Helen Dunn, EITP Implementation Manager, thanked everyone who presented and attended  for all their support.with special thanks to the parents who shared their experiences. She said "there is much for all of us to celebrate and clearly making a real difference to outcomes for children and families, early intervention works" .  Brendan Whittle, Deputy Director of Social Care, congratulated Helen for organising a brilliant workshop capturing such a range of learning from EITP with truly transformative change.
EITP Trauma Informed Practices Resources Live - QUB Evidence Review and NI ACE ANIMATION 

The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) commissioned Queens University Belfast to complete an international trauma informed practice evidence review.

A full evidence review report has been made available alongside several sector specific trauma informed research documents from health, social care, child welfare, justice and education perspectives.

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Parentline NI
Parents, carers, family members… Call Parentline NI for advice, support or guidance. Freephone 0808 8020 400
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