Wexford CYPSC Weekly News & Resources Updates

Click below to access the weekly Wexford CYPSC News and Resources Update;

Wexford News and Resources Jan 14 2021

Wexford News and Resources Jan 21 2021

Wexford News and Resources Jan 28 2021

Wexford News and Resources February 11th 2021

Wexford News and Resources February 17th 2021

Wexford News and Resources February 25th 2021

Useful Links During Coronavirus (COVID-19)

General Health Guidance:

Follow and for expert, accurate and informative public health information regarding Coronavirus COVID-19, its symptoms and the simple steps you can take to limit its effects.

Bereavement Support:

The Irish Hospice Foundation have launched a free bereavement resource pack.  Click here to access the pack.

The following resources may also be useful:

For Parents:

  • "Bridge Back To School : An Autism Friendly Learning Resource for 2021" is now available to dowload.  Click here to access the resource.
  • "Supporting Children" is an online resource where you can access information about services for children, young people and families including those with additional needs.  Access this resource here.
  • DCYA Parents Centre is an online resource with information on supports for parents and families.  Click here to access the site.
  • Wexford Parents Hub can be accessed on the Wexford CYPSC website.  Click here for more information.  The Hub also operates a Facebook page which can be accessed here.

  • Supporting Parents and Families through Summer 2020.  Access this publication from The Genesis Programme here.

  • First Five have developed videos and lots of play and learning ideas.  Click here for more information.

  • For advice on how to mind your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak.  Click here for information.

  • Samaritans have a 24/7 listening service at 116 123

  • Pieta House have a National Suicide Helpline at 1800 247 247

  • Peadar Maxwell, Senior Psychologist in Co. Wexford gives tips on talking to children about COVID-19 in this short YouTube video.  To view, click here.

  • Parentline is a free national confidential helpline for parents.  For more information click here.  Support is also available by phoning 1800 927 927.

  • Tusla Parenting 24-Seven has tips for parents on what works at different developmental stages.  Please click here for more information.

  • "One Family" supports one parent families and has a dedicated section on COVID-19 supports.  Please click here for details.

  • Treoir supports unmarried parents and their families.  For information on COVID-19 supports please click here.

  • Traveller Community - there is now a specific helpline number for members of the Traveller Community.  Phone / text 083 100 6300.

  • Webwise provides free information, advice and resources to help parents, teachers and students address internet safety issues.  Click here for more information

For Children and Young People:

  • Let's Play Ireland is a government-led initiative aimed at promoting play for all children living in Ireland during the COVID-19 emergency.  Click here for more information.
  • Jigsaw, national centre for youth mental health, click here for more information.

  • Spunout, Ireland Youth Information Website, click here for more information.

  • BeLongTo provides support to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and transgender young people.  Please click here for more information.

  • Childline provides an active listening service for young people under 18 years of age.  Click here for more information.  Tel 1800 66 66 66 or Free Text 50101

  • Teenline can be contacted 24 hours a day 365 days per year by calling 1800 833 634.  Click here for more information.

  • Coronavirus : A Book for Children (illustrated by Alex Scheffler "The  Gruffalo").  Click here to access.

Parenting Today

Parenting Today is a series of talks organised by Wexford CYPSC in partnership with Wexford County Council Public Library Service. Due to public health restrictions arising from COVID-19, all talks have now moved online.   Please click here for more information and links to talks or access them on the YouTube channel :

Previous talks that are now available to view include;

  • "ADHD : What Parents Need To Know" - presented by Ken Kilbride, Chief Executive of ADHD Ireland.
  • "Sleep Solutions - Healthy Sleep Habits for Babies and Children" - presented by Paediatric Sleep Consultant, Erica Hargaden from Babogue Sleep Solutions.
  • "Managing Anxiety in Children and Adolescents" - presented by Carina McEvoy
  • "Literacy for Little Learners" - presented by Dr. Rebecca Long
  • "Understanding Dyspraxia / Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) - presented by Lorraine and Sarahann Mooney
  • "Tik Tok, INstagram and Snapchat for Parents" - presented by Frank Turner, Tek Central
  • "Dyslexia Awareness and Support for Parents and Teachers" - presented by Jenny Byrne, Information OFficer for the Dyslexia Association of Ireland.
  • "Academic Procrastination: Solutions and Support for your Teenager who can't Study" - presented by Dr. David Moloney

Download Parenting Today Brochure 2020 (PDF 1.6MB)

Young People & Mental Health Referral Guidelines Poster

The Young People and Mental Health Sub Group of Wexford CYPSC developed a poster with referral guidelines to child and youth mental health services in Co. Wexford. The poster was launched at an event in the Riverside Park Hotel on February 5th 2020 and is being circulated to G,P’s, schools and professionals who work with children and young people.

Download Young People & Mental Health Referral Guidelines Poster (PDF 0.7MB)

Children and Young People’s Plan Leaflet

Wexford CYPSC has created an information leaflet targeted at children and young people. The leaflet was designed with assistance from the Teen Girls Group at Youth New Ross. It contains information on CYPSC and the 5 national outcomes in “Better Outcomes Brighter Futures”. It also directs readers to the Wexford CYPSC website for more information on services and supports for children, young people and families and for a link to the Wexford Children and Young Peoples Plan.

Download Children and Young People's Plan Leaflet (PDF 2.85MB)

Children and Young People’s Plan
2017 - 2019

It is with great pleasure that I introduce the first Wexford Children and Young Peoples Plan. It is the result of much hard work and commitment from CYPSC members and Working Groups who have used their expertise to inform the contents of this plan. The contribution of the children and young people who participated in the consultation process is also gratefully acknowledged. This plan would be meaningless without their input.

Download Children and Young People's Plan 2017-2019 (PDF 2.9MB)

Shut Down Cyber Bullying

Education Resource Pack to tackle cyber bullying
for secondary school teachers & students

Developed by Wexford Comhairle na nÓg

The theme of cyber bullying was identified as an important issue by Wexford Comhairle na nOg as a result of their own experiences and the experiences of family members and friends. Cyber Bullying was elected as the main theme by majority vote at the Comhairle AGM in 2013. We began to explore the issue, research and create. SHUT DOWN CYBER BULLYING educational resource pack is the result of our work.

The wonderful world of the world wide web presents many opportunities, knowledge and resources to young people. It provides them with a place to express themselves and connect with like minded people. However it is also a place where young people can be very vulnerable and sometimes young people find themselves in situations that can have serious consequences. We are hoping that the activities in this resource pack will stimulate conversation to inform students of the dangers of being online and encourage them to think about responsible online behaviour and how to protect themselves whilst online, we are hoping that the outcomes of the students work can be shared with the wider school community. We believe that the best ways to prevent cyber bullying is Education. We all need to be educated, children, young people, parents, teachers and professionals working with children and young people. We need to learn about our roles and responsibilities as members of online communities. We need to learn how to develop strategies and respond to bullying. We need to prevent it from happening at all. This educational resource has been designed to support these learnings in the classroom. Based on our own reflections and experiences as young people we hope the activities and information provided will create a valuable learning space for you and your students in preventing cyber bullying.

Download 'Shut Down Cyber Bullying' Resource Pack (PDF 3MB)

The “Just Be You” Programme Resource Pack

The “Just Be You” Programme was developed through Wexford CYPSC with the assistance of Seed Funding for the Participation of Children & Young People. The main aims of the programme were to raise awareness of LGBTI issues within schools and to aid the development of self-sustaining student-led supports in the school based around the TFLAG model from America.

Initially 6 schools throughout Co. Wexford were targeted. The programme comprises 4 sessions and upon completion the schools received a Resource Pack. The Programme development was led by the LGBTI Project Worker at FDYS Youthwork Ireland. It was a student-led programme and participating students had an important role to play in the development of the programme and the resulting Resource Pack. The Resource Pack is available to download here and also on the FDYS website.

Download the 'Just Be You' Programme Resource Pack (PDF 5.4MB)

The Coming Out Guide

The “Coming Out Guide” is a support for young people who wish to disclose their identity and for teachers to help them understand what to expect”.

Download the 'Coming Out Guide' (PDF 6.5MB)