Family Mediation NI

 

Family Mediation NI are under contract with the HSCB to deliver an early intervention approach to family breakdown, to assist parents to communicate around achieving the best outcomes for their children going forward.

The service is available in all five Trust area and delivers a child focused, facilitative model that aims to empower separated parents to negotiate, compromise and draft their own bespoke co-parenting agreement.

FMNI have a robust screening and assessment process to ensure they work with those who are mediation ready.  Mediation is not counselling and those parents for whom the timing is not just right will be referred out to counselling services for end of relationship support.

For those mediation ready, engaging with this practical process is transformational for the whole family.  Using a professional family mediator can enable parents to move to a different level of communication that leads to agreement on child contact, residency and the minutia of family life as separated parents.  Ultimately avoiding a protracted court case is in the best interests of children.  Parents will be engaged for on average four sessions after attending their individual  pre-mediation assessment appointments.

 

Tel: 028 90243265
email: enquiry@familymediationni.org.uk
web:  www.familymediationni.org.uk

 

SHSCT ID CAMHS – giving hope by working for and with the Child

The CYPSP Emotional Behavioural Difficulties (EBD) Group have shared a video of Children and young people who attend ID CAMHS, along with their parents, telling their journey to and with the ID CAMHS Team in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust (SHSCT):- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzIPi_iBT00

 

The SHSCT was the first in Northern Ireland to offer a fully comprehensive Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) that is fully inclusive of Children and Adolescents who have an Intellectual Disability. One in forty children and young people have an intellectual disability, which means they have difficulty understanding
information and learning the skills needed for everyday life.

Dr Heather Hanna, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disability for the Southern Trust explains: “Children with an intellectual disability are four times more likely to develop a significant mental health, emotional or behavioural problem than the average child. However, until now there has been a lack of specialist services to help them overcome these challenges to allow them to flourish.

“We want children with an intellectual disability to have the same access to specialist therapeutic intervention when they experience mental health, emotional or behavioural difficulties, as every other young person. So, in response to national recommendations, we have broadened our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service to ensure we can now meet the needs of children and young people with Intellectual Disability.”

The Intellectual Disability (ID CAMHS) team is made up of a number of professionals – a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who is Clinical Lead for the service, an Advanced Practitioner/Manager, ID CAMHS Practitioners, Senior Practitioners and Assistant Practitioners who have different areas of clinical expertise.

For more information on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the Southern Trust go to http://www.younghealthymindsni.co.uk/

 

 

Invitation to tender for Parenting pathfinder in Northern Ireland

Invitations to tender have been published for the delivery of the Money and Pensions Service Children and Young People Pathfinders.

The full tender documentation can be found here: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/aa123cf1-bdbe-424d-988b-e34816bd064f

“The Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) is an arm’s-length body of the Government, sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions, with a joint commitment to ensuring people throughout the UK have guidance and access to the information they need to make effective financial decisions over their lifetime. We know that experiences and learning in childhood and adolescence are important influences on financial capability later in life. Therefore, we want to ensure all children and young people receive a meaningful financial education, and, as a result, become adults able to make the most of their money and pensions.”

Invitations have been published to tender for the delivery of three major Pathfinder projects over 2019/20 and 2020/21. All three Pathfinders will have the goal to establish scalable, sustainable models, working towards a long-term goal of mainstreaming financial education for all. They focus on areas where there is known to be unmet need and limited provision, but good evidence of effectiveness of projects and programmes, namely:

• support to prepare 16-17 year-olds for independence (Lot 1, England)
• work with parents and carers to help them teach their children about money (Lots 2A and 2B, Scotland and Northern Ireland)
• financial education professional learning/training for teachers (Lot 3, Wales)

The deadline for proposals is midday on Monday 14th October. If you have any questions, please direct them via the Money and Pensions Service eSourcing portal.

Families Together

As part of the Families Together project 2 family fun days have been organised on Thursday 24th October in Strabane and Friday 25th October in Antrim.

Date/Time: Thursday 24 October 2019 (3-5pm)
Location: Melvin Sports Centre

Date/Time: Friday 25 October 2019 (3-5pm)
Location: Antrim Forum

A selection of programmes are also available as listed below.

Strabane  
Families Together Parenting Platforms in Strabane Every Mon – Walking Group @ St. Catherine’s @ 9am

Every Tues – Walking Group @ Sion Mills @ 9am

Every Thurs – Walking Group @ St. Mary’s @ 9am

Top Tips in Strabane Every Tuesday Morning at 9.15am in St. Catherine’s Primary School Strabane. Ring 08088010722 to book a place.
Time for Parents Strabane Listening ear and support for parents with any parenting issue. Ring 08088010722 for more information
Time for Me Strabane Family Key Worker can meet parent/carer to discuss any parenting concerns or family support needs. To book an appointment text 07825392136
Parenting Apart Strabane 6 week group programme for parents who have separated.
Starts in Strabane on Mon 7 Oct 2019
Parents can ring 08088010722 to book a place.
Families Together Fun Day Takes place in Melvin Sports Centre on Thurs 24 October 2019 (3-5pm)

Family activities and information about local support services

 

Antrim  
Families Together Parenting Platforms in Antrim

 

 

Every Tues – Walking Group @ Parkhall @ 10am

Every Tues – Parenting Café @ Greystone PS @ 2pm

Every Wed – Parenting Café @ Ballycraigy @ 1.30pm

Every Thurs – Drop In @ Sixmile @ 10am

Top Tips in Antrim Every Tuesday Morning at 9.15am in St. Ballycraigy Primary School Antrim. Ring 08088010722 to book a place.
Time for Parents Antrim Listening ear and support for parents with any parenting issue. Ring 08088010722 for more information
Time for Me Antrim Family Key Worker can meet parent/carer to discuss any parenting concerns or family support needs. To book an appointment text on 07887429015
Sink or Swim Antrim 6 week group programme for parents who may be struggling with any aspect of parenting. Starts in Ballycraigy Primary School on Wed 9 Oct 2019 at 9.30 – 11.30am

Parents can ring 08088010722 to book a place.

Families Together Fun Day Antrim Takes place in Antrim Forum on Fri 25 October 2019 (3-5pm)

Family activities and information about local support services

 

Click on the flyer below for more information on the Families Together Project.