Technology Facilitated Domestic Abuse Seminar in Omagh

Western Trust Practitioners attended a Technology Facilitated Domestic Abuse Seminar in Omagh at which Mr Steven McNeill, Senior Social Work, South Eastern Trust provided an insightful seminar in Omagh for practitioners from the statutory, community and voluntary sector who support people experiencing domestic abuse. This seminar had been collaboratively organised under the auspices of the Western Domestic and Sexual Violence Partnership and Digital Safeguarding Steering Group with kind support from Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP and the Education Authority.

Steven provided practitioners with an understanding of the power and control which can be enforced by the perpetrator on a victim through their use of technology. He shared how the perpetrator uses this misuse to continue to try and control and abuse and the risk this then presents to the victim’s personal safety. Steven provided ideas and strategies which can be used by victims/survivors to access help to ensure their safety and remain connected to family and friends.

Every practitioner who attended this event reported that after listening to Steven their knowledge of this form of abuse had increased. One comment in the evaluation of the session read, “I was stunned at all the different ways how normal things can be used as a negative in perpetrating hands.”  Another comment read –“I thought I had a good understanding of how abusers misuse technology, however I found this training very informative and there was a lot of info I didn’t know and was not aware of.”

Plans have already commenced for the Western Domestic and Sexual Violence Partnership and Digital Safeguarding Steering Group in putting into action this new knowledge and understanding provided by Steven.


Wheelie Great Success in Fermanagh!

Over the last six weeks Autism NI’s Fermanagh Support Group supported children with a diagnosis of autism to learn how to ride a bike. The initiative, supported by the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Sport NI, provided the children with an opportunity to ride a bike in a safe, supportive and structured environment.

Aimed at enabling the children to cycle interdependently, the course provided a bespoke opportunity to work towards achieving an important milestone in the children’s lives.

Autism NI CEO, Kerry Boyd, said: “It is fantastic to see so many of our children availing of such a fantastic initiative.  So many children take riding a bike for granted but for autistic children it means so much more as it supports the improvement of their gross motor skills and independence.  For this reason, I am so proud that the Balanceability initiative has been such a success and that the children have learned an important skill that will stay with them forever.’

Autism NI supports individuals and their families, and campaigns to raise awareness of Autism within the wider society. A local charity, it provides life-changing services for the 30,000 individuals living with Autism throughout Northern Ireland.

To find out more or for further information please call 028 9040 1729 or visit

EITP Trauma Informed Practice Project Training for Trainers Programme Dates for 2020

Building on the EITP Level One Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Awareness and Level Two Developing Trauma Sensitive Practice training, the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland in partnership with the HSC Leadership Centre has developed a Training for Trainers Programme for all organisations.

2019 dates are now fully booked.

For further information and details on how to register for 2020 dates click here.

Parental Participation Survey 2019

CYPSP would like to hear from parents / carers to help shape the design and development of support services for families across Northern Ireland. 

We want to ensure parents and families receive the support they need when they need it with an aim to improve the health and wellbeing for them and their children.  This support could include advice, information, home visiting, programmes, individual support, group support, etc.

The survey is anonymous and an honest assessment would be most helpful.

Click the link below to complete the survey




Engaging Effectively With Parents Training – November 2019

Parenting NI are offering Practitioner Training.

The training aims to build capacity and further enhance existing skills of practitioners to equip them with the skills to support parents and families.

Topics include: – 

  • Importance of involving parents
  • Benefits of parental participation
  • Model of best practice  
  • Barriers/Challenges
  • Peer Learning


Date: Thursday 28 November 2019

Time: 10am – 1pm

Location: Omagh Enterprise Centre


To register please email or  

To view the flyer click here.