Down and Ards & North Down LPG Fortnightly News November 2019

Welcome to the 3rd 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 last edition. We have another packed edition of events and programmes for you to share.

Fortnightly News Issue 3 November 2019

 

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

 

Active Fun for Everyone

A new  leaflet on improving activity in children and young people with physical disabilities has been produced by the Public Health Agency. 

Being active is important for everyone. Regular activity throughout our lives will help us keep as healthy as possible for longer. To get the most benefit, it’s vital to get into the habit of being active early on in life. It can sometimes need a bit more thought and effort to enable children and young people with disabilities to be physically active – this doesn’t mean they can’t take part in fun activities and sports.

For more information download leaflet.

Family Mediation NI

 

Family Mediation NI are under contract with the HSCB to delivered an early intervention approach to family breakdown to assist parents to communicate around achieving the best outcomes  for their children going forward. The service is available in all five Trust areas and delivers a child focused, facilitative model that aims to empower separated parents to negotiate, compromise and draft their own bespoke co-parenting agreement.

FMNI have a robust screening and assessment process to ensure that we work with those who are mediation ready.  Mediation is not counselling and those parents for whom the timing is not just right will be referred out to counselling services for end of relationship  support.

For those mediation ready, engaging with this practical process is transformational for the whole family.  Using a professional family mediator can enable parents to move to a different level of communication that leads to agreement on child contact, residency and the minutia of family life as separated parents.  Ultimately avoiding a protracted court case is in the best interests of children.  Parents will be engaged with us for on average four sessions after attending their individual  pre-mediation assessment appointments.   

Article 9 of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child:

‘Children whose parents do not live together have the right to stay in contact with both parents

FMNI Mission

Enabling separated parents to agree the best outcomes for children by accessing

the professional services of FMNI

FMNI Vision

Family Mediation NI is fully integrated into family support services as the first choice when parents separate

 

 

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.