The Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) brings together a range of agencies, including voluntary and community sector organisations, that aim to improve the lives of cCYPSP Grouphildren and young people in Northern Ireland.

In the past, despite best efforts, everyone who worked with children andyoung peopleprovided services separately which only created problems for children and young people, and their families and wasted resources. The CYPSP aims to plan and provide services for children and young people more efficiently by making joint decisions about the services needed, and funding these services together.


Importantly, the CYPSP emphasizes a rights-based approach to its work. This means planning services that uphold children’s rights and encouraging children, young people and their parents to participate in the process.

The CYPSP works at four different levels which involve partnership working between statutory agencies, voluntary and community organisations, children and young people, and parents.

The CYPSP sets the strategic direction of the planning and provision of jointly agreed services. The membership consists of the leadership of all the key agencies. The CYPSP has four core themes: communicating with government, early intervention, resource optimisation and the integration of planning.

  • Five Outcomes Groups work in the same geographic areas as the Health and Social Care Trusts. They perform the integrated planning and provision of services for their geographic region.
  • A number of regional subgroups address the needs of specific groups of children and young people across Ireland.
  • Locality Planning Groups are partnerships between children and young people, families, communities and representatives of agencies at a local level. They plan services in a very local area that makes sense to the children and young people.
  • Family Support Hubs work directly with children, young people and their families to make sure that they have easy access to preventative and early intervention services to meet identified need at the earliest possible stage.
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Latest News


October 2014

Information about the Delivering Social Change framework and the work being taken forward is available at http://www.ofmdfmni.gov.uk/index/delivering-social-change/signature-programmes.htm

Greater Shankill Family Support Hub Launch

October 2014

Following a series of information workshops facilitated by the Belfast Trust and a lot of follow up work on the ground over the summer the Greater Shankill Family Support Hub was formed. The Hub was officially launched by Greater Shankill Partnership (GSP), Lead body for the area, on 15 October 2014 in Spectrum Centre, Shankill Road. This was the first of the Belfast Hubs to launch and it is now ready to receive referrals. There was an excellent turnout with approximately 50 attendees from Statutory, Voluntary and Community Sectors who have a presence in the area.... Read more

Child Care in Practice Journal 20th Anniversary
All Ireland Learning Event
Ballymascanlon Hotel Dundalk  - 22 October 2014

22 October 2014

‘Developments in Early Intervention and Family Support – Assessing the Impact for Children’  
The conference which is being hosted in partnership with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (Ireland), the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Northern Ireland) and the Children and Young People's strategic Partnership brings together prominent academics, policy makers, managers in statutory and not for profit organisations  as well as practitioners from all over Ireland, to showcase examples of good practice in making positive changes for children and families...Read more

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Suicide Awareness - Talks and Training Level 1

Level 1 Talks and Training are tailored to meet your needs
Qualified and experienced trainers

Compliance with Public Health Agency Regional Standards for Quality Training

What is it?

  • Helping us to be alert, understanding and compassionate
  • Helping us to facilitate direct, open and honest talk about suicide
  • Knowing where to find support for ourselves and others

Where: Foundry House, 24 – 32 Doagh Road, Ballyclare
When: Thursday 13th November
Time: 7pm – 9pm

T: 074 28 692 808
E: familyfocushelp@gmail.com

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Looking ahead: a parent’s guide – for parents of children who are blind or partially sighted (RNIB Northern Ireland)

Finding out that your child has a sight problem can feel like a ride on an emotional  roller coaster. There’s no “normal” response – different people respond in different ways.  If your child has additional or complex needs and you discover they also have a sight problem, it can be especially hard to come to terms with.
We have attempted to set out a roadmap of services that parents and children may encounter throughout their sight loss journey.   While not definitive, it provides information on the key statutory and voluntary services provided within Northern Ireland. This publication was produced by the Royal National Institute of Blind People Northern Ireland (RNIB NI) with the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) and the Northern Area Outcomes Group.
To download the booklet click here
For more information about RNIB services click here

Family Support NI team support Parenting Week

The Family Support NI Team have been supporting families and groups all over Northern Ireland who celebrated Parenting Week between 20th and 26th October.

The Team hosted information stands at the Shankill Sure Start event in Shankill Leisure Centre and also at the cross border Child Care in Practice Event in Dundalk.

Both events were very well attended by service users and providers and provided excellent opportunity to share knowledge and experience among a range of stakeholders.

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Latest Meetings/Events



John Compton, Chief Executive

Valerie Watts, Chief Executive,
Health and Social Care Board


We, together, are overseeing and mandating a process which makes sure that children and young people, their families and communities across Northern Ireland are able to come together with people who work across the whole range of agencies - to make better plans together".

CYPSP Action Plan

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If you would like to contact the CYPSP about any aspect of the plan, the Children’s Services Planning Professional Advisor can be emailed here.

Information Leaflets

Family Support Services

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