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E zine: 47
April 2018
Family and Parenting Support Strategy Workshop

On 11 April 2018, the Department of Health (DoH) hosted an event at Crumlin Road Gaol to seek initial views on the Family and Parenting Support Strategy.  This new Strategy, which is led by DoH on behalf of all government departments, will build on the strengths of Families Matter and reflect lessons learned from more recent developments such as the family support hubs and the EITP.  The primary goal was to create a space to enable the Department to work alongside attendees and draw from their experience, expertise and knowledge to help shape the new Strategy.  

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Think Family Training Session 
Dr. Adrian Falkov, author of The Family Model Handbook will host an evidence informed and practical training session on 17 May 2018 to raise awareness of The Family Model and its use in practice with parents who have a mental health issue and their family members. The session will share an overview of the six domains of The Family Model, offer techniques to apply The Family Model within services to support family focused practice and support the parent and family recovery. To find out more or to register click the link below.
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Belfast Outcomes Group strengthens partnerships with BSP
The Belfast Outcomes Group recently presented their Children and Young People's Plan for 2017-2020 with the Belfast Strategic Partnership. This was an opportunity for members to share their strategic direction to support children, young people and families and demonstrate their contributions to the Belfast Agenda.
To download the presentation click on the read more below.
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Southern Area Inclusive Communities Workshop
The Southern Area Outcomes Group are hosting a workshop exploring best practice on how groups can be more open and inclusive to young people with a disability, including easy steps on how to make your service more accessible; experiences and good practice from service providers and “Ask the Expert” service user perspective. To find out more click on the link below.
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South Eastern Partnerships Conference
Over 100 representatives from the community, voluntary and statutory sector including Departmental staff attending the recent Partnerships Conference to explore how the South Eastern area are responding to adverse Childhood Experiences. CYPSP Chair Hugh McCaughey (CEO, SEHSCT) spoke from the event and said "we can no longer work in silos, we get better results when we work together".
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Building Resilient Communities in the Western Outcomes Area
Last month the Western Outcomes Group with partners hosted the Building Resilient Communities Conference to create an awareness of ACEs and their impact on childhood, share good practice nationally and locally and explore the mechanisms to create resilient communities in the western outcomes area. The conference was attended by over 200 delegates. The presentations from the conference are now available to download
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North Belfast Resource and Networking Event
The North Belfast Locality Planning Group hosted a networking session between family support providers last week in a local primary school. This was an opportunity for individuals to promote the role of their agency and services available locally to ensure families are referred to the most appropriate early intervention service. Click here to download the directory of local service support
Portadown Gets Active at Easter!
The Portadown Gets Active programme continued to provide holiday provision to 75 young people. The programme included a healthy breakfast and lunch, a talent show and a grow your own project. Almac have recently agreed to sponsor the scheme for the next 3 years. Click here to find out more about the 'End Holiday Hunger' campaign
Having Effective Conversations with Parents
The Ards and North Down Locality Planning Group and SEDACT will host a 2-day workshop on ‘Having Effective Conversations’. The workshops will prepare family support staff to engage  parents and offer brief advice about managing change. It will also explore the challenges of raising difficult topics with clients and dealing with the reaction that can follow. To register or for further information click here
Raising Awareness of Domestic Violence

Women's Aid (Mid Ulster) recently hosted a Domestic Violence Awareness Session with representatives from the Dungannon Locality Planning Group. The aims of the session were to raise awareness of the impacts of domestic violence and the role of Women's Aid and the 24 hour helpline to support victims and their families. To find out more about this training click here
Family Support Hub Newsletter
There are 29 family support hubs across Northern Ireland supporting families. In 2016/17 over 6000 families were referred to the hubs.
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:

Family Support Hub Report Cards
The April 2017 - December 2017 Family Support Hub Report Card for Northern Ireland is now available to download.

Please click here to download the report

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Autism NI in partnership with the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) hosted a series of family fun days across Northern Ireland this month to raise awareness of Autism in the classroom, workplace and local community during World Autism Awareness Month, April 2018. Thousands of families attended the five family events that took place in across Northern Ireland. The events provided an opportunity for local families to come together and enjoy a day of interactive activities along with a health and information fair.
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The Children and Young People’s Strategy Team, within the Department of Education, is taking forward a Play and Leisure project entitled Play Matters which is funded through the Delivering Social Change, Early Intervention Transformation Programme (EITP). As part of the project’s play campaign they plan to promote key play messages through social media platforms and are asking you to support the project by taking the time to read and share their play messages through your own networks, forums and social media outlets.
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