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


February 2015

Date: 10th February 2015
Time: 9:30am
Venue: Great Hall, Lanyon Building, Queen's University Belfast

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To book your conference place contact: caroline.rice@qub.ac.uk

Family Support Hub - Scorecard

January 2015

“A Scorecard for the Family Support Hubs has been developed using an Outcomes Based Accountability framework.
This approach is used to evaluate the Network of Hubs across N. Ireland and ensure improved quality of access for families and children to early intervention services within a given locality. By measuring “how much did we do “ ,”how well did we do it “ and “did it make any difference” data is collated each quarter which enables identification of the number of families impacted, the responsiveness of services to need and the impact on services providers and families of  greater co-ordination  and collaboration across the statutory ,voluntary and community sectors.”

"Click here to view Family Support Hub Scorecard"

Teen Girl Health Awareness Programme - Newtownbreda, Belfast

February 2015

Autism Initiatives Northern Ireland are offering teenage girls aged 13-17 years with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition the opportunity to attend a Health Awareness Programme. 
Registration essential:- “Must live in the Belfast Trust Area”
Starts: Wed 4 February (8 weeks) 6.45 pm to 8.30 pm, AINI Community Services, Beechill Road, Newtownbreda, Belfast.
Contact Pauline to register@ai-ni.co.uk or Tel: 07423 454127 / 028 90 699130


Tender Opportunity - Social Care Initiatives

January 2015

The NI Health and Social Care Board is seeking providers of the following social care initiatives:

  • - Personal and Public Involvement & Community Development Training
  • -Relationship Counselling Service for Parents
  • -Advocacy Services for Deaf Adults

Service specification details for each of the above services together with the tender application details are available on the following website:


Closing date for receipt of tender applications for all of the above services is 12.00 noon on Friday, 13th February 2015.

The Carrickfergus Youth Fair

January 2015

Carrickfergus Locality Planning Group

Are offering you the opportunity to take part in a Youth Fair focused on commit to commitment and social media.

This event is a chance to showcase your service to all 15 -16 year olds attending the 4 local Post Primary Schools.

Oakfield Community Centre

Wednesday 11th February 2015

9.00am – 3.30pm

If you would like to have a stand  please complete the attached RSVP form and return asap.

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Intensive Family Support Services - Evaluation Opportunity Details

January 2015

In March 2014 the Health and Social Care Board, acting on behalf of the Early Intervention Transformation Programme, appointed Extern to provide an Intensive Family Support Service in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust area.
The objective of this procurement is:- To evaluate the effectiveness of the Intensive Family Support Service.
The HSCB wishes to appoint a Provider to conduct a robust evaluation of how the IFSS has been implemented across the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust area..... Read more
Further details are available from: https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

On this website, please search in “current opportunities” for: Project: ITT code: itt_27524

ITT Title: Tender for the Evaluation of the Belfast Intensive Family Support Service

Parenting NI Online Survey

January 2015

Parenting NI are looking for parents of preschool age to answer a few questions, in particular parents of children aged 2-3 years old in relation to The Department of Education proposal for"DEFERRING COMPULSORY SCHOOL STARTING AGE IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES

This survey will close at 5pm on Tuesday 27th January  2015.

Click to complete the survey

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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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Download our Action Plan

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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