Children and Young People’s Services Committees
Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) are a key structure identified by Government to plan and co-ordinate services for children and young people in every county in Ireland. The overall purpose is to improve outcomes for children and young people through local and national interagency working.
Waterford CYPSC completed its first Children and Young People’s plan in 2016.
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CYPSC are county-level committees that bring together the main statutory, community and voluntary providers of services to children and young people. They provide a forum for joint planning and co-ordination of activity to ensure that children, young people and their families receive improved and accessible services. Their role is to enhance interagency co-operation and to realise the national outcomes set out in Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: the national policy framework for children and young people 2014 – 2020.
The central purpose of a Children and Young People’s Services Committee is to ensure effective interagency co-ordination and collaboration to achieve the best outcomes for all children and young people in its area.
A diverse group of agencies came together in Waterford to engage in joint working, co-ordination and planning of services to improve the lives of children, young people and families. Consultation was undertaken with over 1,000 children & young people throughout the area and in a variety of settings. Waterford CYPSC Plan is aligned to the 5 National Outcomes for children and young people.
A number of prominent themes emerged through consultation and needs analysis:
- Mental Health Supports
- Service Provision in Rural Areas
- Early Intervention & Prevention
- Listening to Children & Young People
- Strengthening Inter-agency collaboration
- Restorative Practice approach
In particular Waterford CYPSC sought to support overarching initiatives which will impact on how services work with children, young people and their families. Positive developments include having a key role in the advancement of both the Restorative Practice Initiative and the Prevention, Partnership & Family Support / Meitheal model to support families in a more collaborative approach by both statutory and community and voluntary sector agencies. Another success story is the Snuggle Stories project which promotes the wonderful experience of sharing books and stories between parents & young children.
Additional key areas for development in the Plan include:
- Building in processes for Participation by children and young people in decision making
- Supporting frontline workers to manage mental health and wellbeing concerns in their work with young people
- Promotion of a positive and healthy approach to online activity
- Development of a Parenting Strategy to improve parenting supports particularly in rural areas