ACE-Trauma Informed Practice Stakeholder Workshops May 2019

The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland are holding a series of workshops to deliver ACE Awareness and Trauma Informed Practice Training across health, social care, education, justice and the community/voluntary sector in Northern Ireland.

A series of information workshops are being delivered to the various sectors, including the community/voluntary sector, with the following aims:

a) Engage with the community & voluntary sector to help us to understand your current level of ACE awareness and relevant training needs to be more trauma sensitive in your work and practice.

b) Explore opportunities and challenges of embedding trauma informed practice in your service / team / organisation.


Date/Time: Tuesday 7th May 2019 : 9.30 – 12.30
Location: St. Columb’s Park House, Derry
View the flyer here.

Date/Time: Tuesday 9th May 2019 : 9.30 – 12.30
Location: NICVA, Belfast
View the flyer here.

Date/Time: Tuesday 10th May 2019 : 9.30 – 12.30
Location: The Junction, Dungannon
View the flyer here.

To register your interest please click on the relevant link above.

Numbers are limited so early booking is essential. 

Please note: Registering your interest in this workshop does not guarantee a place. You will be contacted once registration closes on 1 May with confirmation.


Building Inclusive Services

‘Building Inclusive Services for Children and Young People for services working in Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey.’ That was the title of a workshop hosted by the Northern Outcomes Group in Mossley Mill on March 1.


The event brought together a broad range of groups, organisations and stakeholders to share best practice on being open and inclusive. There was a particular focus on how services can be more accessible to children and young people with disabilities. 


A number of insights were shared, as contributors brought a real depth of knowledge and understanding from various perspectives.


Service user Samuel Crothers shared his experience of how the Education Authority’s Youth Inclusion team helped his personal development, and build friendships.  “We need to teach young people to be more accepting and inclusive of everyone,” he said, adding that “it is often environments that disable people”.    


Sports Development Officer for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Colin Roden shared examples of inclusive work. He highlighted the low-cost equipment and resources which can help service users. Colin said that inclusivity was often the key to progress: “There is a need to build parents’ confidence by sharing as much information and planning with them,” he said. “Services need to get stuck in, you won’t learn anything standing at the side-lines, don’t be afraid to be inclusive” 


Christine English from Autism NI highlighted possible barriers to inclusion and why services need to be inclusive. She explained the work Autism NI do to help train and inform service providers through their Autism Impact Awards.   


Ellen Boyd, Customer Accessibility Officer for Antrim and Newtownabbey council, shared examples of good practice and the Council’s partnership work with the May Murray Foundation. Ellen also raised awareness of accessible facilities and play resources available at Antrim Castle Gardens. 


Gemma Finn and Teresa Stewart from Barnardo’s Sixth Sense gave an overview of their  work. They shared 10 steps to be more inclusive that have been developed with the young people they support.  Theresa said: “Changes don’t need to be about money and equipment; it’s often about changing attitudes.”




From the Cedar Foundation, a Charity which supports people living with disability, autism and brain injury, Gillian Boyd presented a video made by the Youth Matters Afterschools project. She also outlined the multiple realities of young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the issue of social injustice.


During a panel discussion, attendees highlighted the need to scope how organisations can do more joined-up delivery of training and awareness raising.    


Participants left with plenty of points of learning and areas to consider. Anecdotal feedback was positive, and underlined a real desire among participants to work together and share knowledge.


Northern Area Outcomes Group Workshop

The Northern Area Outcomes Group held a workshop on Wednesday 13th February to review their Action Plan and to share learning and improve partnership working to deliver on the key priorities and outcomes identified.  There were a number of presentations and productive discussions in relation to statistical updates, learning from family support hubs, progress of service delivery and making links with Community Planning.

Information from the CYPSP interactive mapping system was shared to help set the context of outcomes based planning within the Northern area.  Helen Dunn, Family Support Co-Ordinator, set out the learning from Family Support Hubs across the Northern Area which are a key part of the early intervention infrastructure across Northern Ireland.

Ivor Mitchell showcased two videos of work that is ongoing within the Northern Outcomes area in relation to supporting and tackling mental health with young people through the local health hub and also the progress being made through Carrickfergus Gets Active providing fun, food and learning within the local community

Community Planning presentations were delivered by Mid and East Antrim, and Antrim and Newtownabbey Councils and also the Youth Justice agency, Early Years Organisation and Cedar Foundation acknowledging collaboration and communication is key to build on what is already there and working together for all children and young people to deliver better outcomes.





Building Inclusive Services for Children and Young People

The Northern Area Outcomes Group invites you to:

Building Inclusive Services for Children and Young People for services working in Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey

The workshop will share best practice on how your service can be more open and inclusive to children and young people with disabilities, including how to make your service more accessible, experiences and good practice from service providers and service users own perspective.

Date: Friday 1 March 2019
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Location: Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey BT36 5QA

To view the flyer and booking form please click here.

If you would like attend please complete the booking form and email to before 15 February 2019.


Parenting Week 2018 – Family Fun Days

Celebrating the Power of Parent Child Relationships this Parenting Week (week commencing 22nd October 2018)

Children’s most important early relationships are with their parents. Positive parent-child relationships are important for all areas of children’s development.

Parenting NI are hosting 2 family fun days, supported by the Northern Childcare Partnership.

Cookstown Library
Date: 23rd October 2018
Time: 10am – 1pm

Larne Library
Date: 24th October 2018
Time: 10am – 1pm

For more information click on the flyers below.

Further activities and resources will be available soon, if you would access to these Free Fun resources please email: