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.
  • Learn more about the CYPSP...

Latest News

Social Work Strategy Innovation Scheme Workshop

October 2014

Date: 13 October 2014

Time: 1:30pm

Venue: Antrim Civic Centre

The Strategy for Social Work in Northern Ireland are pleased to invite you to a workshop on the 13th of October 2014 to showcase the innovation schemes currently running across Northern Ireland.
The Innovation Scheme was established at the end of 2013 to support the implementation of the Social Work Strategy by encouraging the engagement of social workers in designing and delivering innovative changes and improvements in how they practice and provide service.
Now almost one year on, these initiatives and well developed, providing a wealth of information that be shared and learned. To this end, the workshop provides the opportunity to share this learning across Northern Ireland…… Read more

NI Social Work Conference Leaders of Tomorrow

November 2014

Date: 12 November 2014

Time: 9.30am to 4pm

Venue: Lagan Valley Island Lisburn.

The Strategy for Social Work in Northern Ireland are pleased to invite you to this flagship leadership conference to showcase leadership in social work across Northern Ireland and in particular leadership in the future, among first line and aspiring managers. Join your social work colleagues to share best practice and learn from prestigious leaders……Read more

Youth Employability & Volunteering Fair

21 October 2014

Date - 21st October
Time - 9:30am -3:30pm
Venue - Armagh Leisure Centre

There will be workshops on the day for CV writing,Interview skills, Career advice and how to set up your own Social Action Project supported by Volunteer Now
To register your place contact Julie Bolton 07725232566
or julie.bolton@hscni.net

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Newry City Stakeholder Event

11 November 2014

Newry and Mourne District Council, Strategic Alliance for Children and Young People  and CYPSP Southern Area Outcomes Group invites you to:
A Stakeholder Event to discuss how we can improve outcomes for Children and Young People in the Newry and Mourne area.

Date: On 11th November  2014 at 10am to 12

Venue: Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, 1A Bank Parade, Newry

For more information, to register your interest or to book a childcare place contact: Nuala Haughey at nuala.haughey@hscni.net /028 3741 4456

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Every year, Parents' Week hails the amazing contribution parents make to their children's lives.
If you are interested in taking part in Parents' Week 2014 all you have to do is register with us. By registering your interest with us you will not only ensure that you are kept up to date with progress about the week but it will also give you access to event ideas and a resource pack containing posters, activity ideas and guides to help your Parents' Week be the most successful yet.
Registration for Parents' Week couldn't be simpler. Just sent us an email to forum@parentingni.org with your name, address and contact details and we will send you a resource pack.


September 2014

The Regional Health & Social Care Board plan to procure an evidence informed, specialist ‘early intervention’ service for young people, primarily between the ages of 13 – 17, who are on the ‘edge of care’. The service will initially be based in Enniskillen and Newtownabbey. The HSCB wish to conduct market soundings with potential service providers in order to get a clear understanding of available services and developments in this market.... Read more

Southern school children learn 4Ts of Diabetes

September 2014

Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) in the Southern area are working in partnership with Diabetes UK and the Southern Education and Library Board (SELB) to highlight the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. Research by Diabetes UK has shown that up to nine out of ten parents do not know the four main symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. To address this lack of awareness, the charity created a campaign to highlight the ‘4 Ts’ of Type 1 diabetes symptoms….. Read more

Download "Could your Child have Type 1 Diabetes Flyer"

Volunteer Recruitment Fair

02 October 2014

Charities, voluntary organisations and community groups are searching for volunteers, people like you!  The Fair will showcase volunteering opportunities from across the two district council areas, linking ‘those who need help’ to ‘those who want to help’.

This event is expected to be one of the largest of its kind in the Mid Ulster area.

Venue: Cookstown Leisure Centre, Cookstown
Date: Thursday 2 October 2014
Time 11am - 2pm

Admission FREE....
Read More...... To Register to for this event please click here.

Developments in Early Intervention and Family Support: Assessing The Impact for Children Conference

22 October 2014

Conference Event
The CYPSP, DHSSPSNI, Childcare in Practice and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and co-hosting a conference on Developments in Early Intervention and Family Support: Assessing the Impact for Children on the 22nd October 2014 in the Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk. The event aims to share developments in family support on both sides of the border and review progress on policy implementation…

Date:       22nd October 2014
Venue:   Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk
Time:      9:30am—4:30pm
Click here to read more ………. To register Contact: childcareinpractice@qub.ac.uk

Belfast Family Support Hub's Update

August 2014

Belfast Outcomes Group, working closely with the four Locality Planning Groups covering the Belfast area has devised a phased roll out plan for the establishment of the Family Support Hub network required to meet the needs of families seeking support. BHSCT acts as the delivery agent for the Outcomes Group in this process. Staff from Gateway, CAMHS and Health Visiting services make key contributions to the Trusts engagement, which is facilitated and coordinated by BHSCT's Early Intervention Support Team.... Read more...

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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.

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