Down and Ards & North Down LPGs Fortnightly News Edition 2

Welcome to the 2nd edition of Fortnightly News, the E-newsletter which promotes, services, programmes and events to improve the outcomes for Children and Young People in your Locality. Thank you for all your kind comments to our 1st edition. We have another packed edition of events and programmes for you to share.

Fortnightly News Edition 2


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 

Adoption Changes Lives 2019 campaign

This year’s ‘Adoption Changes Lives’ campaign, which coincides with Adoption Week NI (14-20th October), will focus on siblings.

Each year around 85-90 children are adopted in NI, however, last year, 73 children were adopted from care of which 42 per cent, were adopted as part of a sibling group.

The campaign is being led by the Board in partnership with Adoption UK and the Regional Adoption and Fostering Service working closely with HSC Trusts.

In Northern Ireland, over the last couple of years, we have seen falling numbers of enquiries and lower numbers of adoption applications in some Health and Social Care Trust areas.

This has led to a current shortage of available adopters who can meet the needs of the children requiring placement.

For further information on adoption –


Nominations Now Open for Diana Award

It’s our favourite time of year at The Diana Award – nomination season! Which means that every day, we get to hear all about more incredible young people and the game-changing work they’re doing to transform people’s lives.


The Diana Award is the most prestigious accolade a young person can receive for their social action or humanitarian work. The Award is the longest running award for young people that is given to individuals and groups through a retrospective nomination process only. We believe this is special. Young people do not work towards the award, rather they demonstrate their suitability through their actions, without any expectation of reward. But we’ve been thinking – what if we miss someone? What if there are young people out there whose stories aren’t being told? Which is where you come in.


We are excited to invite you to shine a spotlight on an unsung hero by nominating a young person from your organisation. The Award is open to young people aged 9 – 25 who have been engaged in at least 12 months of activities, who are selflessly transforming the lives of others, often in the face of adversity. We know that there are many young people in Northern Ireland who fit this criteria and we believe that they deserve recognition on a global platform.


Young people who receive The Diana Award are presented with a personalised certificate and invited to attend a sparkling award ceremony, if located in the UK. Diana Award Holders are also presented with an invitation to Althorp House, Princess Diana’s childhood home. These invitations are gifted to Diana Award Holders in kind by Princess Diana’s, brother Earl Spencer, in recognition of their continuation of Diana’s legacy.

Organisations who make a successful nomination also gain the opportunity to raise their profile by being featured in The Diana Award Roll of Honour released to the media by The Diana Award in July every year. The Award is also a vehicle for inspiring many more young people to engage in social action, mobilising new generations to make a positive change in the world, as Princess Diana believed they could. Click here for a full list of the 2019 Diana Award Holders.


Nominations must be made before the 12 March 2020 deadline at where further information about the nomination process and our programmes can also be found. Attached is a nomination guideline document for more details on the nomination application. We would also welcome your support in helping us spread the word even further, encouraging others to nominate for The Diana Award so that we can celebrate the amazing things that your young people are doing!

Download Nominations Guide here