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.

Southern Locality Planning Groups Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing resource

CYPSP’s Southern Area Locality Planning Groups are currently mapping provision for services to promote better mental health and emotional wellbeing for children and young people across the Southern Trust area.

The resource, which will take the form of a services directory, will be available online, on the CYPSP website, for professionals and families to see what is available in the local area.

If your organisation or service carries out work (e.g. core business or programmes / activities) relating to the above, please contact to request a submission form.

Closing date for submissions: Friday 22nd November 2019

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):-


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



Barnardo’s DCYPPP Armagh Recruitment

Barnardo’s are currently recruiting for 2 roles within The Disabled Children and Young People’s Participation Project (DCYPPP) in Armagh.

Please see the attached leaflet for information on the project and follow the links below for more information about the role and how to apply. These vacancies will close on 8th October 2019. 

Information Leaflet

Project Worker – Peer Coaching – 28hrs per week—peer-coaching-pw1-5085/6076/description/

Project Worker 1- 20 hours per week–4633/5624/description/