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

Appointment of Early Years Information Officer

August 2014

The Family Support NI website team are pleased to announce the appointment of Gemma Henderson as Early Years Information Officer.

Gemma will have overall responsibility for the collection and collation of information relating to childcare provision throughout Northern Ireland.  She will be the key link with all childcare providers, including Health Trusts, Community, Voluntary and Private Providers.  She will have responsibility for ensuring that all childcare providers listed on the Family Support Website are registered with the local Health Trusts and will be required to ensure childcare information is accurate and up to date.... Read more

Improving Children's Lives Master Programmes

August 2014

Improving Children's Lives is an applied and inter-disciplinary research initiative that links together a number of research centres, clusters and institutes at Queen's University Belfast. Our work is driven by a focus on improving outcomes for children and young people by generating and making use of the best available evidence. What makes our work particularly distinctive is our commitment to doing this from within a children's rights-based framework.

Improving Children's Lives has a new suite of full- and part-time Masters programmes in childhood and youth studies..... Read more

Think Family Downe Sector Workshop

August 2014

More than 50 health and social care professionals from the statutory and voluntary sectors attended the third ‘Think Family’ workshop which was held on the 12th August in Downpatrick.
Dr Adrian Falkov, author of The Family Model Handbook facilitated the event sharing his expertise on roles and skills required to engage with family members. The workshop proved to be a key opportunity to update attendees of the on-going Think Family Pilot within the South Eastern Trust.

Ballymena Youth Fair – supporting and encouraging local young people


July 2014

Over 600 pupils aged 14-15 from Ballymena Academy, Castle Tower, Dunclug College, St Louis and St Patrick’s College took part in a Youth Fair at Ballymena North Business Centre. The fair was hosted by the Ballymena Learning Together Partnership and the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) Ballymena Locality Planning Group.
The main theme of the fair was “Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing” of young people. Twenty eight voluntary, community and statutory organisations offered young people information about the services and activities available for them in the local area.  

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Tooth fairy shares dental tips in Armagh

July 2014

The Tooth Fairy joined children, young people and their families to share dental tips and to highlight the importance of regular visits to the dentist at a dental information event held this week in Armagh Leisure Centre.
Arke Sure Start staff were on hand to give advice on the importance of attending the dentist and the sugar content in certain food and drinks; and to provide ideas for healthy snacks. There was also a visit from Tooth fairy who promoted brushing teeth twice a day, not to mention a variety of fun activities through arts and craft and storytelling with the overall aim of helping children and young people understand why they need to look after their teeth and gums.

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Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Northern Ireland

July 2014

We can now offer a number of funded places on each course. Those working in Specialist CAMHS and other relevant Child Care Services within the Health and Social Services are eligible to apply for funded places.                          
We would like to invite you to an informal “Information session” when you will have the chance to hear more about funded places, about the courses and their relevance to your professional practice and meet some of the course tutors.  Should you wish to invite colleagues whose managerial support you will need to process an application, they will be very welcome.
Details are as follows:-

10th July 2014

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Department of Psychotherapy
Shimna Villa
Knockbracken Healthcare Park
Saintfield Road

Closing Date for Applications is now 31st July 2014
If you require any further information please contact Gertie Doonan for the M7 course at gertiedoonan@ntlworld.com

and for the M9 course please contact

Deirdre Meehan at deirdremeehan@live.co.uk or

Mary Short at mary_short00@yahoo.co.uk 

M7 Course - Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies

M9 Course - Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Infant Mental Health: Early Years Development

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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.

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