ASD/ADHD, The Child’s Journey Through Assessment and Diagnosis – An Education and Health Perspective

An ASD/ADHD workshop event was facilitated by Belfast Locality Planning Groups on November 6th 2019, at the Balmoral Hotel. Upwards of 130 people from a cross-section of organisations and disciplines attended the event. The high level of attendance reflects the fact that this is an accelerating issue in all LPG areas in Belfast, as identified by the FSHs and Locality Planning structures. 

 

The theme of this workshop was to outline the diagnostic journey for service users and their families through both the Education sector and the Belfast HSCT system.  The opportunity to have an input from both Health and Education was very positive in providing a comprehensive overview of the systems families have to navigate.  

From an education perspective Lorna Fitzpatrick (EA lead in ASD) delivered a presentation that mapped the route through education for children and families, once the child has been identified as being “different“.

 

Kris McKeever( ASD Lead, Belfast HSCT) and Paul Gemmell ( ADHD Lead, Belfast HSCT) both delivered presentations in respect of ASD and ADHD and the journey through the health system in Belfast for children and families. The final presentation delivered by Caroline Milligan outlined a model of good practice that is part of Glenbrook Surestarts programme which is based in North Belfast.  This national award winning programme, “Little Learners Pilot Programme” was launched due to an increasing number of children presenting with Autism and social communication concerns. This programme illustrated the partnership working not only between organisations and professionals but also between families and the service providers.

Presentations are available to view on Belfast Locality Planning Groups’ webpages.

This was an event that was designed to raise awareness and to encourage more discussion and partnership working between organisations, disciplines, service providers and service users in order to charter a way forwardFeedback collated to date from event evaluation forms is very positive and indicates that there is a willingness and enthusiasm across all sectors to continue to build on the conversations started at this event to plan and develop a range of supports for these children and their families.

Martin Sloane: Belfast Area Outcomes Co-ordinator

Belfast Area Outcomes Group are delighted to announce that Martin Sloane has recently been appointed as Locality Planning Co-ordinator for the Belfast Outcomes Area.  Martin, is widely experienced in delivering partnership development and advocacy work. He has a   significant level of knowledge of both the geography and the community infrastructure across the Belfast Outcomes Area. 

Prior to Martin’s appointment to Locality Planning he was employed by  Belfast Health and Social Care Trust as a Senior Practitioner (Social Work) working exclusively with the Irish Traveller Community.  Martin has a history of building positive relationships and networks across the  voluntary, community and statutory sectors  both at local and regional levels.

Martin took up this new post in January and is looking forward to supporting the development and delivery of local, area-based plans for children, young people and their families.  Martin is committed to striving for better outcomes for all families that reside across the Belfast Outcomes Area and is looking forward to tackling this shared objective in partnership with  community voluntary and statutory partners.

 

 

 

Belfast Childcare Partnership Conference: Celebrating Childcare Practice in Belfast

The Belfast Childcare Partnership invite delegates to their upcoming conference that will be held on 26 November 2018 in Belfast City Hall to celebrate childcare practice in Belfast.

Click here to download the Conference Invitation 

Click here to download the Conference Booking Form

 

Registration

Registration is essential as places are limited. If you would like to attend please complete the booking form attached and send it to clover.gabbidon-lyttle@hscni.net by Friday 9 November 2018.

 

The 1+1 Project Bilingual Mental Health Project

A collaborative Stronger Together Initiative for early intervention bilingual Mental Health Support that is being piloted in three areas across N.I:

  • Dungannon (Portuguese / English)
  • Ballymena/Ballymoney (Polish / English)
  • Belfast (Chinese / English)

The project is available to support individuals in the minority ethnic community experiencing depression.

 

What will the project do?

  • Provide Mental Health Services for example; counselling, training, direct group activities etc. These already exist. It will help increase access to them.
  • Provide free interpreting to providers who have a responsibility to deliver their services to everyone regardless of linguistic capability. The Regional Interpreting Service exists. It will help support access to that service.
  • It will help inform shared learning on how to meet that demand in the future by creating more effective and diverse pathways to existing services and more diversity in delivery of those services.

 

Click here to find out more about the project

 

Click here to download a copy of the referral form

 

Family Fund Information & Support Day in Belfast

The Family Fund will host an Information and Support Day for families who have a child with an additional need to meet the staff team and to learn about the support services, grants and information/advice that is available to support families in Northern Ireland.

 

 The Information and Support Day will take place on:

Date: 25 October 2017

Time: 10.00am-2.30pm

Venue: St Mary’s University College, 191 Falls Rd, Belfast BT12 6FE

 

Click here to download a copy of the event’s flyer

 

For more information please go to: www.familyfund.org.uk