The Limerick Children and Young People's Services Committee (CYPSC) was established as one of the four pilot CYPSC in 2007. This coincided with the establishment of the Limerick Regeneration Agency, and the work of the CYPSC was closely aligned with that of the Regeneration Agency in its first phase of development.
The focus on the areas prioritised under Regeneration continued, but the CYPSC had a city-wide remit. The Limerick City and County Local Authorities amalgamated in 2014, and the CYPSC, in line with this, will extended its remit to become county-wide committee.
Limerick CYPSC has now been in meeting for 12 years. It was fortunate to receive investment through the Programme Innovation Development Fund (PIDF), the National Early Years Access Initiative (NEYAI) and the Area Based Childhood Programme (ABC) during a period of economic downturn. This allowed CYPSC to play a strong role in influencing the development of service response in Limerick .
Some of Limerick Children and Young People's Services Committee priorities include:
- Develop Limerick city and county as a child-friendly region. This will involve ensuring that the voice of the child and the family is captured and meaningfully informs all plans that have an impact on children, that the region is developed in a way that meets the needs of children and families and that all children in the region have access to the services and supports they need to grow and develop to their full potential.
- Extend the remit of the Limerick City CYPSC to become a county-wide structure in line with the amalgamated Local Authority.
- Support the transition from Limerick Assessment of Need System (LANS) to Local Area Pathways (LAPS).
- Continue to support and develop Early Intervention and Prevention Programmes in the Early Years.
- Continue to support, develop and coordinate parenting and family supports across all levels of need.
- Continue to develop Restorative Practices across Limerick.
- Develop key initiatives in priority areas of need including Youth Mental Health, Child Health, High Needs Young People and Active Learning.
- Develop and implement high-quality, evidence-informed programmes that are responsive to identified needs, outcomes-focused and informed by regular review and evaluation.
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