Tusla National Child and Family Support Week 2019 in Clare

Tusla National Child and Family Support Week 2019 in Clare

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Tusla – Child and Family Agency has launched National Child and Family Support Week 2019 to promote and celebrate the support services that Tusla provides to parents, children, young people and communities right across Ireland as part of its Prevention, Partnership and Family Support (PPFS) programme.

National Child and Family Support Week 2019, which follows on from a successful inaugural week in 2018, will feature special public events across the country where parents and young people can find out more about services offered by Tusla.

Tusla, together with its funded partners, supports families all over Ireland by providing an accessible, safe and positive pathway through the different experiences that families encounter today. This includes early-intervention support programmes, parenting support networks, and evidence-based parenting guidance, creating positive outcomes for children and young people.

National Child and Family Support Week promotes awareness of supports and services that are available to young people and families through a range of nationwide events from parenting talks to family fun days.

In Clare, Tusla will be hosting a ‘Family Wellbeing – Meet and Play Morning’.  Children are invited to play at the indoor “Imagination Playground” while parents have a coffee and chat to local services.

The event will be taking place in Treacy’s West County Hotel, Ennis, from 10am-12.30pm on Wednesday May 15th. To book a place at www.eventbrite.ie or call Tusla on 065-6863902 for more information.

Speaking about the week, Áine Mellett, PPFS Senior Manager for Clare, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in National Child and Family Support week once again, giving us the opportunity to showcase some of the services we offer to families and let people know how they can engage with these supports. We encourage people to attend the event on May 15th to learn about the services and support that are available from local agencies and Tusla.”

Pat Smyth, Interim CEO, Tusla, said, “Tusla is proactively supporting Ireland’s families through a range of specialist services and funded partners in communities across the country. Children and families are most likely to do well if they are provided with appropriate support in a timely fashion. Our PPFS programme works with families to resolve problems at an early stage in order to improve outcomes for children, young people and families. If a child or family needs support, Tusla is there to provide assistance. Tusla National Child and Family Support Week provides us with a unique opportunity to create further awareness of the range of supports that are available to families in Ireland.”

About Tusla – Child and Family Agency

Tusla – Child and Family Agency was established on 1st January 2014 and is the dedicated State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It represents the most comprehensive reform of child protection, early intervention and family support services ever undertaken in Ireland. It is an ambitious move which brings together the former HSE Children and Family Services, Family Support Agency and National Educational Welfare Board as well as incorporating some psychological services and a range of services responding to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. There are over 4,000 staff working in the Agency.

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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