Louth Children Services plan seminar

The Louth Children Services Committee (CSC) is set to host a one day seminar next month in Dunleer.

The Louth Children Services Committee (CSC) is set to host a one day seminar next month in Dunleer.

The seminar entitled, Growing Up in Louth – Making a Difference for Children, will take place at Scoil Uí Mhuirí on Tuesday 12 February.

The Childre Services Committee was established in 2010.

They developed nationally with over twenty such committees now up and running across the country.

The objective of the Louth CSC is to secure better developmental outcomes for children through more effective integration of existing services and interventions at local level.

To achieve this, the Louth CSC is required to develop and oversee the implementation of an interagency Children and Young People’s Plan, designed to improve outcomes for children in the area.

The project is an initiative of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and includes senior representatives from the major statutory providers of services to children and families across county Louth.

It includes representation by the Health Service Executive (HSE), Louth Local Authorities, County Louth VEC, An Garda Síochána and the Probation Service.

Louth Leader Partnership, Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), the Louth County Childcare Committee and the community and voluntary sector are also represented on the committee.

The committee has secured Mr John Lonergan as the keynote speaker for the day.

Mr Lonergan is the former Governor of Mountjoy Prison.

He will address the audience on the ‘Importance of Community’.

Mr James Williams of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) will share some of the findings of the ESRIs on-going longitudinal study, ‘Growing Up In Ireland’. Ms Joanne Murphy, co-ordinator for the committee, will present the committee’s action plan 2012-2014 on the day.

Delegates will have the opportunity, through a series of practical workshops, to inform the work of the committee.

Seven workshops will be conducted in the following areas at the seminar:

Mental Health, Adolescents at Risk-Drugs and Alcohol, Family Support-Domestic Violence, Child Protection, Youth Homelessness, Education and Youth Networking.

“The purpose of the day is to provide people who work in areas relating to the provision of services for children and young people with the opportunity to come together to share practice.

“Also to learn from one another and inform the work of the Louth CSC,” Dr Pádraig Kirk, CEO County Louth VEC and chairman of the CSCs Research and Information sub-group who are organising the seminar said,

“We expect to attract up to 100 professionals from all over the county on the day.”

To book your place at this seminar please visit:

www.louthcsc.ie; click on News and Events section.

Early booking is advised as places are limited.