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New interagency structure to improve local services for children and young people in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

Date 
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Location 
dlr County
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On Wednesday 23 August, the inaugural meeting of the ‘Children and Young People’s Committee’ (CYPSC) took place in the Samuel Beckett Civic Centre, Ballyogan. 

Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSCs) are the key structure identified by the Government to plan and coordinate services for children and young people in every county in Ireland. Their overall purpose is to improve outcomes for children and young people through local and national interagency working.

25 area senior managers from a range of sectors and agencies in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown engaged in a dynamic  discussion about how children and young people aged 0-24 are doing in relation to the national outcomes of health and mental health, learning and education, safety and participation and how local services can support better outcomes. 

Senior managers attended from a range of statutory and community organisations including the Health Service Executive (HSE), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS ), National Educational Psychological Services (NEPS), National Association of Principals and  Deputy Principals (NAPD), Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN), Dublin Dún Laoghaire Education Training Board (DDLETB), Educational Welfare Services -Tusla Child and Family Agency, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Childcare Committee (DLR CCC), Southside Area Partnership, Barnardos, Crosscare, University College Dublin (UCD) , the Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT) and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI).

Area Senior Managers were welcomed by Philomena Poole, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Chief Executive as well as by Co-Chairs Joanne Cullen, Area Manager, Tusla Child and Family Agency and Dearbhla Lawson, Director of Economic, Community & Cultural Development, DLR County Council.

Lorna Kerin, Coordinator of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC) gave an overview of CYPSCs in other parts of Ireland and briefed participants as to CYPSC devleopment plans in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. The All Island Research Observatory (AIRO) presented the latest national, regional and local demographic data relating to children and young people in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. 

This is the first meeting of this new collaborative structure to ensure services planned for the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown area address identified needs and improve outcomes for children and young people. An independent researcher has been appointed to support the commitee to take the next step of conducting a rigorous and inclusive needs analysis to ensure that robust evidence informs the development of the Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC) and the three year interagency plan for the area.

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Speaking about the event, Joanne Cullen, Area Manager for Tusla – Child and Family Agency and Chair of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown CYPSC, has said “Timely, responsive and evidence informed services are crucial to securing positive outcomes for children and young people. Tusla Child and Family Agency are pleased to co-chair this important new intiative to support all services working with children and young people to engage in quality interagency service planning, service delivery and service evaluation.”

Philomena Poole, Chief Executive of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has commented: "The Council is delighted to be working together with Tusla and other agencies in the county in the preparation of a three-year Children and Young People’s Plan. This gives us all a great opportunity to develop a plan that will touch the lives of all children and young people in the county and help them in achieving their full potential. I am very happy to be here at today’s Inaugural Strategic Area Management meeting of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC) to support the commencement of this process.”

Lorna Kerin, Coordinator of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC) has noted “The engagement of very busy senior managers from a range of sectors in this inaugural meeting demonstrates the clear commitment to improving outcomes for children and young people in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown. I am particularly pleased that the Irish UN Youth Delegate, Paul Dockery, is attending to ensure the voice of young people is heard by senior decision makers in the area.”

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