New Parent Support Page Launched

The Southern Area Outcomes Group were delighted to deliver on another action from their current action plan with the official launch of the new Parent Support page on the CYPSP website:-

Parent Support

The webpage is designed for Parents and Organisations working to support families using group work approaches with information and leaflets, evidence based parenting programmes, development opportunities for practitioners and links and contacts to parenting support.  There is a live calendar of parenting programmes and staff training currently available across Northern Ireland providing times, dates, venues and who to contact to register.

Have Your Say Events – Enniskillen, Strabane and Omagh

Following on from the success of the Department for the Economy multi-agency event in Titanic Belfast and previous “Have Your Say” events for NEET young people, there will be a further 3 young people events in Enniskillen, Strabane and Omagh in the coming weeks. The events are as follows:-

ENNISKILLEN – Fermanagh House – Thursday 14 November 2019 – download flyer

STRABANE – The Alley Conference Centre – Wednesday 20 November 2019 – download flyer

OMAGH – Omniplex Cinema – Tuesday 26 November 2019 – download flyer

All events start at 12.00 noon and finish with complimentary lunch around 1.30pm. The Omagh event also includes a blockbuster movie after lunch. All young people who are NEET are extremely welcome. Information gathered is confidential and anonymous and young people can use their smart phones to participate. If they don’t have a phone that’s ok too.

EITP Trauma Informed Practice Project Training for Trainers Programme Dates for 2019

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

There are places still available during November for the Training.  To Register and for more information click here 

Southern Outcomes Group and Emotional Behavioural Difficulties (EBD) Regional Sub Group CAMHS & Youth Justice Agency Pilot

CAMHS and the Youth Justice Agency (YJA) are working in partnership to review the mental health needs of children and adolescents (under 18) either known to, or potentially at risk of being involved with Youth Justice Services and CAMHS.  There is significant research available which indicates a high prevalence of emotional and mental health difficulties within the Youth Justice population. The research also highlights that despite this high level of need; young people known to Youth Justice Agencies face significant barriers to access mental health services.

As set out in the Southern Outcomes Group plan and being driven via the EBD Sub-Group, a pilot is being trialled within the Southern Health and Social Care Trust which aims to better meet the mental health needs of young people known to both services.  A Step 3 CAMHS Senior Mental Health Practitioner is co-located between community CAMHS clinics in the Southern Trust and the Youth Justice Agency Banbridge.  The Practitioner attends all YJA team meetings and offers consultation and/or training to YJA staff in relation to mental health.

Internal pathways have been developed to reduce barriers to access mental health services for young people open to the YJA.  Young people who are open to YJA are now screened for emotional and mental health difficulties using evidenced based tools and internal referrals from YJA to CAMHS can be made for either consultation for staff or direct face to face contacts for the young person.

The co-located Practitioner attends weekly multi-disciplinary team meetings within CAMHS and with consent, any young people known to YJA can be discussed within the CAMHS multi-disciplinary team.  

The pilot is still in its infancy, but feedback from young people, families and staff has been very positive to date.  Keep up to date on progress via the EBD Regional sub-group webpage