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E zine: 49
August 2018

The CYPSP information team have recently redeveloped the CYPSP website with a new look and improved functionality for desktop and mobile users.  A number of new features have been implemented including a new Search function, a page highlighting the work of the Regional ACE Group and a new platform for our interactive maps.  Currently under development is a new section on Evidence Based Parenting Programmes which will be going live very soon.  To keep up to date with all of CYPSP’s ongoing work, news and events visit us at www.cypsp,org


Children in Northern Ireland (CiNI) has been requested by the Health and Social Care Board to co-ordinate the recruitment process for community, voluntary and BME sector representatives on to the Outcomes Groups of the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership. The closing date for applications is 12 September. Click here to read about the role of the Outcomes Groups. For further information & nomination forms click the read more below.

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Northern Area Outcomes Group welcome new chair
This month the Northern Area Outcomes Group welcomed their new interim chair Veronica Callaghan, Interim Director of Women, Children and Families Division / Executive Director of Social Work from the Northern HSC Trust. Members of the Northern Area Outcomes Group expressed their best wishes and thanks to Marie Roulston who has chaired the group since October 2012.  Marie is the new Director for the Social Care and Children's Directorate of the Health and Social Care Board.
South Eastern Area Infant Mental Health Strategy
The Assistant Director for Children & Young People's Services in the SEHSCT recently consulted with the South Eastern Outcomes Group on the draft Infant Mental Health Strategy for the Area. The strategy provides a framework to guide, inform, and review activity across a range of health and social care services working to improve the social and emotional development of young children and families. It aims to ensure a comprehensive approach to embed the principles of infant mental health across services and will promote a shared understanding across disciplines.

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Western Outcomes Group launch UNICEF Project at the Foyle Maritime Festival
The Western Outcomes Group  in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council officially launched their joint partnership Child Friendly Communities Project with UNICEF in July 2018. The event was attended by local young people as well as the Northern Ireland Children and Young People’s Commissioner Koulla Yiasouma and the UNICEF Ambassador, Paul Clark from UTV. The launch saw the beginning of a partnership that will ensure that Derry City and Strabane becomes the first region in Northern Ireland that is a child friendly community based on the UNICEF principals. 
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West Belfast Resilience Documentary Screening
Celebrating their 30th anniversary, the Whiterock Children’s Centre in partnership with the Belfast Childcare Partnership, CYPSP West Belfast Locality Planning Group and Family Support Hubs recently hosted a screening of “Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” documentary and discussion panel as part of the Féile an Phobail (West Belfast Festival). 90 delegates attended the screening in St Mary’s University College to mark the first event of the Féile’s full programme. Click here to read more
Giving children the best start in life in the West
The CYPSP Fermanagh & Omagh Locality Planning Groups in partnership with Family Support Hubs: Western Domestic & Sexual Violence Partnership and Digital Safeguarding Group have been raising awareness of the impacts of ACE’s across the locality through a recent screening of the Resilience Documentary. Sixty individuals from across the community, voluntary and statutory sector attended the event. Click here to find out more about this event and the recent western area infant mental health campaign
Help Kids Talk Initiative in Lisburn and Colin

Early Intervention Lisburn recently hosted an event with the key note speaker Janet Cooper Project Manager from the Stoke Speaks Out initiative sharing her learning on a similar but much more advanced project in Stoke on Trent. Speaking from the event Janet said, "Approximately 50% of our children in Lisburn and Colin are starting school with a speech & language problem, the Help Kids Talk’ initiative aims to tackle this statistic to give all children the best start in life". Click here to find out more about the Help Kids Talk Initiative.
Engaging Families in rural communities of the North Down
The Kircubbin Family Fun and Well being Day was  hosted by the CYPSP Ards and North Down Locality Planning Group with 16 partners agencies in June 2018. The aim of the event was to increase awareness of family support services available locally and to enable families to have their say on the role of the locality planning group.  Two hundred and fifty families attended the event of which 39 families registered to family support programmes, 60 tooth brushing packs were distributed and 17 health checks were completed. Click here to read more
Family Support Hub Newsletter
The August 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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Call for Evidence Submissions
Children in Northern Ireland is working with partners in Wales, Scotland and England on the Children's Future Food Inquiry project, which is a parliamentary inquiry into children’s food insecurity in the UK.
The priority for the Inquiry over the next few months is to help drive submissions to the evidence portal, which aims to collect testimonies from anyone who has experienced or witnessed children’s food insecurity in any form, and who would like to share those observations with the Inquiry. Find out more about the inquiry by clicking on the read more below.

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The latest Play Matters briefing explores Play and Challenge. Children need the freedom to play how they choose and sometimes this includes taking risks and engaging in risky, challenging play. This briefing paper explores how we, as adults, can support children to test themselves and stretch their limits through play. Click here to read more
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