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 michellem@parentingni.org or elaine@parentingni.org  

To view the flyer click here.

Active Fun for Everyone

A new  leaflet on improving activity in children and young people with physical disabilities has been produced by the Public Health Agency. 

Being active is important for everyone. Regular activity throughout our lives will help us keep as healthy as possible for longer. To get the most benefit, it’s vital to get into the habit of being active early on in life. It can sometimes need a bit more thought and effort to enable children and young people with disabilities to be physically active – this doesn’t mean they can’t take part in fun activities and sports.

For more information download leaflet.

Family Mediation NI







Family Mediation NI are under contract with the HSCB to delivered 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 areas 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 that we 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 with us for on average four sessions after attending their individual  pre-mediation assessment appointments.   

Article 9 of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child:

‘Children whose parents do not live together have the right to stay in contact with both parents

FMNI Mission

Enabling separated parents to agree the best outcomes for children by accessing

the professional services of FMNI

FMNI Vision

Family Mediation NI is fully integrated into family support services as the first choice when parents separate



Southern Area LPG Information Bulletin – 7th November 2019

Welcome to the 19th edition of our information bulletin, FYI (For Your Information). Thank you for your continued interest and support of our fortnightly e-bulletin and please do not hesitate to contact us, should you wish us to promote any events programmes etc. which aim to improve outcomes for children and young people in your local area.

Southern Area LPG Issue 19  – 7th November 2019

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.