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E-zine 52 : February 2019
Wishing Hugh McCaughey every success in his new role
Following a meeting of the Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) on Wednesday 13th February, partners acknowledged the excellent leadership, innovative thinking and support they had received from Hugh McCaughey, as Chair of the group since 2016 and wished him every success in his new role as National Director of Improvement at NHS Improvement.
Children and Young People with Disability and Transitions sub-group
The Chair and members of the CYPSP Children and Young People with Disability and Transitions sub-group would like to pay tribute to their much loved colleague and friend Jacqui Magee, who sadly passed at the end of January. Jacqui had an incredible 19 years’ service working in Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland and was an amazing advocate for the CYPSP group and in particular for Children and Young People with a disability.

Kieran McShane, Chair of the group, expressed his appreciation - “Jacqueline was a keen advocate for early intervention and for seeing children with a disability as children first. Her presence behind the scenes was significant in shaping the work of the group and in supporting me as Chair”.
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The Southern and Western Area Outcomes Groups welcome new CAWT (Co-operation and Working Together) MACE Project Workers
The Southern and Western Outcomes groups welcome the opportunity to work alongside and support Gavin, Brenda, Georgina, Donna and Shauna in supporting families and strengthening communities to reduce the effects of Multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences (MACE) across the border areas of Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.  

The Project has been awarded grant funding from the EU INTERREG VA programme with the aim to transform the lives of vulnerable families who are at risk from multiple adversities in their lives, through identification, early intervention and the provision of nurturing support within their own communities.
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Northern Area Outcomes Group
The Northern Area Outcomes Group held a workshop on Wednesday 13th February to review their Plan and to share learning and improve partnership working to deliver on the key priorities and outcomes identified.  There were a number of presentations in relation to statistical updates, learning from family support hubs, progress of service delivery and making links with Community Planning.  
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Western Area Outcomes Group
The Western Area Outcomes Group hosted 4 days of expert ACES training events for practitioners from all sectors across the Western Area with Dr Karen Treisman.  Workshop 1 involved awareness raising and understanding of the impact of relational and developmental trauma and disrupted attachment on children’s brains, bodies, emotions, relationships and behaviours.  Workshop 1 was held in Enniskillen and Strabane......
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Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope
The Southern Locality Planning Groups are showing 2 screenings of the Resilience documentary entitled “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope”. Screenings will be at The Mourne Country Hotel on Thursday 14th March and The Square Box, Ranfurley House in Dungannon on Tuesday 19th March. 

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Introducing Martin Sloane, Locality Planning Co-Ordinator for Belfast LPGs
Belfast Area Outcomes Group are delighted to announce that Martin Sloane has recently been appointed as Locality Planning Co-ordinator for the Belfast Outcomes Area.  Martin, is widely experienced in delivering partnership development and advocacy work. He has a significant level of knowledge of both the geography and the community infrastructure across the Belfast Outcomes Area.
Our Journey through Disability
On Wednesday 27th March (10am-1pm) at the Mourne Country Hotel, the Newry LPG Disability Sub Group, in partnership with parents and carers of children/young people with a disability, will hold an event entitled “Our Journey Through Disability”. This is aimed at both parents/carers and services in the local area for children and young people with a disability or additional needs. 
Resilience Screening - South Belfast LPG
South Belfast LPG recently hosted a screening of Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. This was identified in their current action plan, which highlights the need to raise awareness of ACEs and improve resilience.  46 people attended the screening held in the Agapé Centre.  The event included the documentary and a discussion panel with Maurice Leeson; HSCB, Regional ACEs Reference Group, Fintan Connelly; Take Ten and Nicola Hannigan; Barnardo’s.
Fermanagh and Omagh: Introduction to Universal Credit Training
The Fermanagh and Omagh LPG and Family Support Hub members along with members of SUSE16+ Information Hub and Western Social Work Students joined together to learn about the aims and  principles of universal credit from  Louise Togneri, Law Centre NI.  Louise guided the large number of participants gathered, through issues such as, who can claim Universal Credit and how it is calculated and paid. Conditionality and the possible sanctions associated with Universal Credit was thoroughly explained by Louise, who also spent much time answering many of the participant’s questions and queries about this fundamental change to the benefit system.  One of the participants afterwards commented that the training had been, “Jargon free with digestible knowledge which can be taken straight back to the families that we are supporting.”  If you are interested in learning more about Universal credit, further training can be booked via
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.
Belfast Family Support Hubs Promotional Video Launch
Belfast Family Support Hubs network held a celebration event on Friday 18th January to launch a new promotional video about Belfast Family Support Hubs, and to acknowledge the amazing work happening across the city to support families, children and young people.
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Family Support Hub Newsletter
The February 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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News and Events
Launch of Virtual Lives: Is Screen Time Guidance Needed?
Children in Northern Ireland carried out research with parents to find out how long their children are spending using screens and what their biggest concerns were around screen time. The report, Virtual Lives, found that 63% of parents had a concern regarding their child’s screen use. 77% said they would like their children to spend a little less or a lot less using screens, while 82% said they would like more guidance on the issue. Read More
Parents CiNI  need your help! Please take a few moments to fill out this survey:

This event is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. Children will be supported to use real tools and wooden pallets to create their own play resources, spaces and dens. There will be games and opportunities to pick up some sports tips and tricks and time for some good old freely chosen, self-directed and intrinsically motivated.

Date: Tuesday 12th March 2019, Time: 3pm – 5pm, Location: Belfast Met, Castlereagh Campus.  View the flyehere.

For more information or to book please contact

Employers For Childcare have launched the findings of the 9th Annual Childcare Cost Survey which reveal that the average cost of a full-time childcare place in Northern Ireland is £166 per week.

This is a slight decrease on last year, reflecting that some childcare providers have sought not to increase their fees. However, it is clear that affordability remains a critical issue – for two thirds of families, the childcare bill is their biggest or second biggest monthly outgoing. Further details are available in the press release (download here).

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