Covid 19 Update
Family First and Youth Matters continue to provide services to children, young people and their families through this difficult time. While we are unable to visit, we continue to provide support by telephone, on-line and the Family First portal.
The Family First Portal has been updated and developed to allow us to communicate better with families so that staff can continue intervene ,support and help families . Our Family First Portal is an Online Tool that allows us to share documents, have conversations, and organise virtual sessions through use of technology such as Zoom & Skype. We are also in the process of creating videos to demonstrate skills, strategies and activities that parents can do with their children during this uncertain time.
While we are developing technology to stay connected we in the children and youth service do not underestimate the importance of connection through more traditional means such as phone calls, and have been continuing to support parents and families in this way since lockdown.
The Children and Youth service is designed and dedicated to empower families to support children and young people who have sustained an acquired brain injury (ABI) throughout Northern Ireland.
We recognises that the whole family system is affected when a child or young person sustains an ABI. Our service works with the whole family unit to enable everyone to better manage the impact of ABI in daily life. Evidence-based practice forms the foundation of all our work.
Who can make a referral?
Anyone can make a referral to Children and Youth Services and we accept referrals from across Northern Ireland. Once a referral is received we will contact the family or referral agent directly to discuss the next steps. To make a referral please complete the Children and youth referral form
The children and youth service are funded by different organisations and charities
Our services are also in partnership with the Department of Psychological Services Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
The Family First Service launched their interim report on Friday 18th January 2019 at Pinsent Masons. Click on the link below to download a copy of the report:
We will provide activities for children, young people and their families to meet chat have fun and gain support from peers.
We are a regional service that provides support to families affected by childhood ABI in their own homes
The family first portal is designed to aid communication between families and the Children and youth service.
Children and youth service offers workshops regionally to support families affected by childhood ABI