Celebrating infant mental health week in the Western Outcomes Area


The Western Health and Social Care Trust with partners including Sure Start, Libraries NI, local play groups, Action for Children and many more have been promoting the five key messages of the regional Infant Mental Health Strategy in the Western Outcomes area. 

The five key messages of the Infant Mental Health Strategy are:

  1. No smoking or drinking alcohol during pregnancy
  2. Breastfeed your baby
  3. Read a story to your child everyday
  4. Give your child lots of love, affection and praise
  5. Have fun and play with your child


Kieran Downey, chair of the Western Outcomes Group and Director of Women and Children’s Services in Western HSC Trust has said ‘The evidence is overwhelming that children’s life experiences in early years directly impacts upon their mental, physical and emotional well-being in later years’.


Click here to read more about Infant Mental Health Week in the Western Outcomes Area


The Western Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with the Public Health Agency have produced a short guide providing detail of the five ways to support the development of your baby’s emotional health and well-being. Click here to read this guide



Connecting Domestic, Sexual and Internet Based Abuse in the Western Outcomes Area

A short seminar took place on 9 May, 2017 in Enniskillen, bringing together practitioners from across many agencies and organisations in the Western Outcomes Area to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the challenges of domestic, sexual abuse and internet based abuse.

The seminar began with an overview of the Regional ‘Stopping Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse in Northern Ireland Strategy’ (DH, 2016). The event wished to embed the strategies vision across the western area through raising awareness that domestic or sexual violence in any form should not be tolerated. Effective tailored preventative and responsive services should be provided were all victims are supported, and perpetrators held to account.

Ms Cecilia Whitehorn who supports the Western Domestic and Sexual Violence Partnership shared an update from the partnership on their role across the western area to address sexual and domestic violence through a number of working groups. Ms Whitehorn facilitated a discussion on the concerns experienced from practitioners and worked with them to agree the role of the  Western Domestic and Sexual Violence Partnership to support victims and hold perpetrators accountable whether through prevention, support, training and development or protection and justice interventions.

Sonia Montgomery, Assistant Manager in the Western Health and Social Care Trust’s Health Improvement Team and Chair of the Western Esafety Steering Group gave an overview of the work of the group and how digital technology is increasingly becoming integral to domestic and sexual abuse.  Ms Montgomery outlined many of the ways that victims can be targeted including monitoring of social media profiles or emails, abuse, stalking and trolling on social media platforms, ‘revenge porn’ (the sharing without consent of intimate photos or videos) and using spyware.

Simple measures were shared with practitioners during the conference which offer greater levels of privacy and protection for the victim, including signposting to local agencies able to give help, advice and support.  

Ms Montgomery concluded the event by recommending that key to all of this is that we need to teach our children and young people about respect, healthy relationships and empathy for each other. There is often a huge disconnect between generations because children are so digitally literate, however effective communication can ensure that problems are addressed before it is too late.


For further information please get in touch with one of the team:

Helen Donnelly – helen@cmworks.co.uk

Priscilla Magee – priscilla.magee@westerntrust.hscni.net

Sonia Montgomery – sonia.montgomery@westerntrust.hscni.net

Carol Follis – carol.follis@fermanaghomagh.com


Connecting Domestic, Sexual and Internet Based Abuse Session – 9 May 2017



Would you like to meet other individuals and groups who are working in your local area to challenge domestic, sexual abuse and internet based abuse?


The Western Domestic and Sexual Violence Partnership and the CYPSP Western Area Outcomes Group with partners are taking collaborative action to raise awareness of the impacts of domestic, sexual and internet based abuse across the western outcomes area.

This event will bring together colleagues from across the western outcomes area who wish to find out what is happening across the area including:

  •  A brief overview of Western Domestic and Sexual Violence Partnership remit  and in particular the implications of the strategy for sexual  as well as domestic violence?
  • Information on the activities undertaken and being planned to address sexual violence within the Partnership and sub groups?
  • Identifying and sharing practitioner concerns in relation to sexual violence
  • Clarifying  assistance /support the Partnership might provide for practitioners in relation to domestic and sexual violence
  • An overview of E-safety including the work of the Western E-Safety Steering Group

This event is being hosted by the Western Domestic and Sexual Violence Partnership, Western E-Safety Steering Group, CYPSP Western Area Outcomes Group and Fermanagh and Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership.



Date:  9th May 2017,

Time ; 1.30pm – 3.30pm, ;

Venue ; Lecture Theatre, South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen



To book a place at this event please contact:

Helen Donnelly, WDSVP Support Team

Tel: 028 90329757



Further Information:

Priscilla Magee, Fermanagh and Omagh Locality Planning Officer

Tel. 028 66344096 – Ext 267472               Mobile – 07880723076



STOP Campaign in the Western Outcomes Area

Parenting NI in collaboration with the CYPSP Western Outcomes Group will host a series of STOP Campaign training workshops across the Western Outcomes area in June 2017.

Professionals working with families can be a prime influence on the attitude of parents in managing their children’s behaviour. This training supports professionals to empower parents to explore other options in relation to behaviour management and alternatives to physical punishment.


Click on one of the venues below for further information about a training workshop near you:

Stop Campaign – 19 June, 10.30am-1.00pm –  St. Columb’s Park House, Derry-Londonderry

Stop Campaign – 12 June, 10.30-1.00pm – Fermanagh House, Enniskillen

Stop Campaign – 15 June, 10.30-1.00pm – Community House, Omagh


Register online at www.parentingni.org/ or telephone Parenting NI at 028 9031 0891 EXT 3


Western Outcomes Area Children and Young People’s Plan now available


Following a series of stakeholder engagement events across the Western Outcomes Area the CYPSP Western Area Outcomes Group Children and Young People’s Plan is now available. The ‘obsessions outlined within the plan have been endorsed by locality planning groups, family support hubs and colleagues working to improve outcomes for children, young people and families across the west.


Click here to download a copy of the Western Area Children and Young People’s Plan


For further information about the CYPSP Western Outcomes Group click here