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

Limavady young people have their say on planning future children's services

April 2014

Date: 15th April 2014
Roe Valley Arts and Culture Centre

Young People from Limavady had their say on future services for children and young people at an information event held in the Roe Valley Arts and Culture Centre on Tuesday 15 April 2014.

For more information about the CYPSP in Limavady please contact Bronagh Donnelly on 028 71342286 or visit www.cypsp.org

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It's Everyone's Responsibility: Think Family' Regional Conference

April 2014

Date: 15th May 2014
9am-1pm Trinity Methodist Church & Community Venue
Ballymacoss Ave, Knockmore Road Lisburn, BT28 2GX

All individuals who experience mental illness are, or have at some point been, part of a family. The family plays a central role in each individual’s experience of symptoms, and ill health in turn has a critical and enduring influence on family life.

The conference is an opportunity to enhance capacity building, stimulate our thinking and practice to reflect ‘Think Family’ and realise that ‘Think Family’ is everyone’s responsibility.

The conference is aimed at all Health and Social Care, Voluntary & Community sector frontline practitioners and managers from all programmes of care and those involved in developing policy and strategy.  Please forward nominations to Andrew Hawthorne at Andrew.hawthorne@hscni.net or 028 90553979 by Friday 2nd May 2014.

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Stakeholder Event Banbridge LPG

April 2014

The Southern Outcomes Group and Southern Area Locality Planning Groups are working together to facilitate stakeholder events to raise the profile of the CYPSP and the work that is taking place in the Southern Outcomes Area to improve the lives of children and young people.

The first event will be run on Tuesday 15th April at 6.45 pm in the Old Town Hall, Banbridge. This event is intended to provide interested parties with an opportunity to contribute to the planning processes of the Southern Outcomes Group.

If you are interested in attending click here to download the registration form.

Further details available from Julie.bolton@hscni.net

Register your interest to become a CYPSP member


March 2014

Nomination forms to register your interest in representing your organisation on one of the CYPSP groups are now available on the CYPSP Membership page click here
The governance arrangements for CYPSP membership relating to the Community, Voluntary and BME sector representation states that membership on working groups is open to reapplication every three years. That initial three year period is now up. An open nomination process will be available from March 2014 for you to register for your organisation to be a representative on the mandated CYPSP structure, regional subgroups or outcomes groups.
This expression of interest form must be submitted to CiNI accompanied by a supporting statement, stating how the nominee fulfils the relevant Personal Specification on or before;
Friday 18th April 2014 at 4pm
Please return to:  Melissa Adair
Children in Northern Ireland
Unit 9, 40 Montgomery Road
Email:                 melissa@ci-ni.org.uk
Telephone:         028 9040 1290
Fax:                    028 90709418

New Regional Family Support Co-Ordinator


March 2014

The CYPSP welcomes Helen Dunn to her new role as Regional Family Support Hub Co-ordinator within CYPSP.
Helen says “I am excited about taking up this new post.  Having led on the development of Family Support Hubs in the Northern area , I am very keen to work with those involved with Hubs  across the region to see them develop further.  I believe Hubs are a great opportunity for community, voluntary and statutory organisations to work collaboratively to achieve better outcomes for children, young people and families.”
Email : Helen Dunn at Helen.dunn@hscni.net
Telephone: 028 25 311 229

North Belfast Locality Planning Workshop


March 2014

Over 30 members of the North Belfast Locality Planning Group and young people came together, on 11 March in the Duncairn Arts and Culture Centre, for an action planning workshop. The workshop combined the use of open space technology and outcomes based planning to encourage members of the group to identify any issues, outcomes and actions around the theme of the workshop which was "What outcomes do you want to see for the children, young people and families in North Belfast", and from this develop the Locality Planning Group's Action Plan.  If you provide a service for children, young people or families in the North Belfast area and are interested in getting involved in Locality Planning please contact Una Casey on 028 2531 1224 or email una.casey@hscni.net.  If you would like to read more about the North Belfast Locality Group please click here...

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John Compton, Chief Executive

Fionnuala McAndrew, Interim Chief Executive,
Health and Social Care Board

"Welcome to the CYPSP. I am delighted to be chairing this Partnership, which brings together Chief Executives across Northern Ireland for the purpose of improving the lives of children and young people.


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".

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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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