Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC)
Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) are the 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, aged between 0 – 24 years, through local and national interagency working. They provide a forum for joint planning to ensure that children, young people and their families receive improved and accessible services.
What does a CYPSC do?
Each CYPSC will develop and oversee the implementation of a 3 year Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP) designed to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families in their own area. The CYPP outlines the CYPSC’s priorities and includes a detailed action plan. The actions and priorities identified by each CYPSC are derived from a local needs analysis and national priorities arising from Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures.
Examples of this would be:
- family literacy projects
- youth mental health supports,
- delivery of evidence based parenting programmes
- establishment of Critical Incident Protocols to enable co-ordinated responses to serious incidents affecting children and young people.
How many CYPSC are there and where are they located?
There are 22 CYPSC established at present in Ireland across 22 counties and 25 local authority areas: Carlow Kilkenny, Cavan Monaghan, Cork, Donegal, Dublin City North, Dublin City South, Fingal, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Limerick, Longford Westmeath, Louth, Meath, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo Leitrim, South County Dublin, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow. Some have been established longer than others and therefore each is at different stages of development. Three CYPSC remain to be established in Clare, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, and Laois/Offaly. Some counties share a CYPSC and there are two CYPSC for the local authority area of Dublin City.
Who sits on CYPSC?
CYPSC are chaired by an Area Manager from Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, and deputy chaired by the Assistant Chief Executive from the Local Authority. Each CYPSC has a local coordinator. Broader CYPSC membership includes senior managers from the major statutory, community and voluntary providers of services to children, young people and their families. These are areas such as health, education, justice, children and youth, so for example there may be a member on CYPSC from one of the following:
Tusla – Child & Family Agency, Local Authority, An Garda Siochana, HSE, Probation Services, Local Community & Voluntary Service Providers for Children & Young People, Educational Welfare Services, Irish Primary Principals Network, Education & Training Board, City & County Childcare Committee and Social Inclusion Partners.
What is the vision for CYPSC?
The Policy Innovation Unit of DCYA convened a Task Group in September 2014 to look at the development of CYPSC. The Task Group concluded its work in late October and the Policy Innovation Unit is working on a blueprint for CYPSC which incorporates the work of the Task Group and sets out a vision for CYPSC. This document is currently out for consultation with, and feedback from, sectors working with and for children and young people. It is anticipated that this blueprint will be officially launched in June 2015.
How do CYPSCs fit with Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures?
Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures is the first overarching national policy framework spanning all children and young people aged between 0 to 24 years – one third of the national population. CYPSC are firmly embedded in this national policy as the local delivery mechanism to realise the national outcomes, as set out in Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures, for children and young people.
Six commitments in Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures specifically relate to CYPSC (G2, G47, G48, G52, G62 & G68) while they implicitly underpin a number of others.
What are the national structures for CYPSC?
In addition to the strategic direction provided by the Policy Innovation Unit of DCYA, operational leadership at national level is provided to CYPSC by the National Co-ordinator for Children & Young People’s Services Committees, located at the Centre for Effective Services. There is also a Children & Young People’s National Steering Group to ensure representation of interagency stakeholders and alignment with the implementation infrastructure for Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures. The Chair of the Steering Group is a member of the Children & Young People’s Policy Consortium established under Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures.
Are CYPSC connected to Local County Development Committees (LCDC)?
The key priorities of the CYPSC Children and Young People’s Plan will be agreed between the CYPSC and the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) for inclusion as a component of the community element of the Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) of the local authority. These agreed priorities will contribute to the overarching Sustainable Community Objectives in the LECP. This does not preclude other priorities and actions being addressed by the CYPSC and their member agencies. CYPSC and LCDC will engage on an on-going basis on the implementation of the agreed priorities in the LECP and will inform each other on relevant developments and issues of joint concern.
Where can I get more information on CYPSC?