Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) are a key structure identified by Government to plan and co-ordinate services for children and young people in every county in Ireland. The overall purpose is to improve outcomes for children and young people through local and national interagency working.
CYPSC are county-level committees that bring together the main statutory, community and voluntary providers of services to children and young people. They provide a forum for joint planning and co-ordination of activity to ensure that children, young people and their families receive improved and accessible services. Their role is to enhance interagency co-operation and to realise the national outcomes set out in Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: the national policy framework for children and young people 2014 – 2020.
The ultimate goal is to improve outcomes for all children and young people in Ireland.
CORK CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE’S SERVICES COMMITTEE
As Chairperson of Cork Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC) I am very pleased that the committee was established and work has commenced to develop our three year Children and Young People’s Plan. Since the establishment of Cork CYPSC in May 2014, a lot of work has been done with developing the membership of the group, clarifying roles and responsibilities, putting a plan in place around consultation with and participation of children and young people and ensuring all organisations (statutory and voluntary) are represented by senior managers across the City and County.
Two new subgroups were set up in the areas of consultation and participation; i) ‘Voice of the Child and Young Person’ and ii) ‘Information and Research’. One pre-existing group will also become a subgroup – ‘Prevention, Partnership and Family Support’. Various action groups will develop along the way to address and progress an identified need. Working effectively together is challenging and I would like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all involved and I look forward to building on the strong foundations being established in the coming years.
We will also continue to work in partnership with children, young people, families, and communities in the development of our Children and Young People’s Plan and create a sustainable future for the services to continue their work in developing “Better Outcomes and Brighter Futures” for all our children and young people.
Barry Murray, Area Manager for Cork, Tusla the Child and Family Agency
Chairperson, Cork Children and Young People’s Services Committee
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