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

Youth Employability & Volunteering Fair

December 2014

Over 500 Young People attended an Employability/Volunteer Fair organised by a sub group of the Armagh Locality planning group in partnership with Volunteer Now and Department of Employment and Learning.  Students came from six local schools and the Southern Regional College.
There were 40 information tables which included Universities across Northern Ireland, The Southern Regional College Armagh Campus which provided Hair & Beauty and Motor Mechanic Apprenticeships.  The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) and also a wide range of local Volunteering organisations attended...... Read more

Teen Girl Health Awareness Programme

December 2014

Autism Initiatives Northern Ireland
Read partnerships, unique solutions, positive outcomes.
Teen Girl Health Awareness Programme Island Arts Centre, Lisburn
Starting Tuesday 13th January (10weeks)
6:45pm – 8:30pm
Teen Girls (age 13yrs – 17yrs) with a diagnosis of Aspergers and live within the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust
Build Friendships – Be Healthy
Be Happy – Have Fun!
Email: register@ai-ni.co.uk
Or contact Helen Nelson: 028 90699130
*Registration Essential

The Den Open Day & Christmas Party

18 December 2014

The Den Open Day will be an opportunity for anyone in Bushmills area to drop in, check out the facilities it offers, and meet the youth workers and young people who currently attend the Den.  

Thursday 18th December 2014
6.30pm - 8.30pm
In The Den, Bushmills

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Contact Gemma Lutton, CYPSP Programme  Support Officer on 028 2563 6615 if you have any queries.

Belfast City Council Small Grants…..

December 2014

13 Opportunities for funding are now available for activity from April – October 2015
Go to: http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/community/grantsandfunding

If your group intends to apply for a small grant, try to attend one of the drops in road shows
The deadline for applications:

12 noon Wednesday 21 January 2015

Click here to find out more details for the 13 opportunities that are now open for Belfast City Council Small Grant applications…

Consultation Response Document on Joint Domestic and Sexual Violence Strategy

December 2014

In January 2014, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and the Department of Justice launched a 12-week consultation on a proposed new Joint Strategy on Domestic and Sexual Violence, entitled “Stopping Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse in Northern Ireland”.

The Consultation Response Document has now been published and is available at the following link – http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/showconsultations?txtid=

65665.  This document outlines the key themes and issues that arose from the responses received, and summarises responses to the questions asked in the consultation document.  All responses have also been published at the following link – http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/index/consultations


If you have any queries in relation to the Consultation Response Document or the consultation responses, please email: dsva@dhsspsni.gov.uk or telephone: 028 9052 2512 / 028 9082 8565.

Child Care in Practice conference held on 22nd October 2014

December 2014

Thank you to all who attended the conference held on “Developments in Early Intervention and Family Support: Assessing the Impact for Children”.

Conference videos and presentations are now available to view online at the following link: http://www.childcareinpractice.org/Events/

Please also find attached a conference evaluation form. If you have not already completed a form and would like to do so, please submit to this email address by Wednesday 3rd December 2014 at the latest.

Thank you again for your participation in this event.

Preparation Course for Prospective Adopters Interested in Concurrent Care

January 2015

Location: Belfast
Date: 24 Jan 2015
Venue: BAAF Office, Belfast
Conference time: 9.45am - 4.15pm
BAAF is working closely with the “Home on Time” Project being delivered across Northern Ireland and commissioned by the HSCB.  The concurrent planning project is funded under the Early Intervention Transformation Programme.
This workshop will provide an opportunity for prospective adopters to explore what becoming a concurrent carer involves enabling them to make an informed decision about whether this option is right for them and their family.
Who should attend?
This workshop will be of interest to prospective adopters, both pre and post approval including dual approved carers, considering a concurrent placement or who are interested to learn more about what this option involves.
This workshop is funded by the HSCB and is offered FREE to prospective adopters.
Contact your local Trust Adoption/Family Placement Team to reserve a place-http://www.adoptionandfostering.hscni.net/contact-us/adoption-locations
Contact details
Email: ni.training@baaf.org.uk

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2014 Leap of Faith Awards

November 2014

Parents and Care-givers from the Colin area were recently honoured at a gala style awards ceremony in the Balmoral Hotel hosted by UTV's Frank Mitchell.

The Leap of Faith Awards, now in their third year, recognise and celebrate good parenting and parenting support services in the Colin community of West Belfast. Individuals were nominated by members of the community who put their names forward to win one of six awards.

Nomination categories included the Parenting Award, to recognise those parents that go that extra mile for their children; the Main Man Award, which recognises male caregivers who have made a significant impact on an individual's or family's life; the Main Woman Award, which recognises those female caregivers who have made a significant impact on an individual's or family's life; the Foster Carer Award; and the Parenting Support Award...... Read more

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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

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