Tusla-Child and Family Agency has launched its first ever national promotional drive to highlight the diverse range of services it provides as part of its Prevention, Partnership and Family Support(PPFS) programme.
Tusla National Child and Family Support Week will feature special public events across North Tipperary (Sept 17th- 23rd) and will be backed up by a national and regional advertising campaign across media platforms.
There are now almost 863,000 families with children in Ireland and some 1.68 million children in families in Ireland, according to Census 2016. Tusla provides extensive support services to assist all parents, children, and young people as part of its PPFS programme. This programme aims to stop problems experienced by families from getting worse, or from developing into a crisis.
Tusla National Child and Family Support Week aims to create widespread public awareness of Tusla’s high-quality PPFS programme, leading to increased engagement with its services by families, parents and children.
Recent studies by the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway found that, with regard to help-seeking for a parenting or family problem, personal support networks – family and friends - were the main source of support for the public. Members of the public turned to their local GP primarily if they could not manage a parent or family problem, while increasing numbers of people are asking a teacher for assistance in this area. The findings also suggested that both the public and the media do not clearly differentiate the concept of family support from child protection, and children in care. However, there has been a significant increase in knowledge of Tusla services overall, among the public, in recent years.
On the week of the 17th – 23rd September Tusla will be collaborating with local community and voluntary agencies to showcase and promote the support services in North Tipperary that are available for families. A number of events are planned in each county and these include:
Dr. Una Lynch on ‘Building Blocks for Life: Parenting from Pregnancy to Four years, 19th September, Nenagh Arts Centre; Celebrating Parenting Coffee mornings in a number of locations throughout the county in partnership with local groups and Family Resource Centre; and showcase events with local agencies to promote the positive work that is happening in the Mid-West to support children and families. Full details on events in your local are available on tusla.ie
Speaking ahead of Tusla National Child and Family Support Week clinical psychologist David Coleman stated: “I’ve been working in clinical practice with children, teenagers and their families for over 20 years and have consistently seen that preventative help for parents and children is always better than having to respond in a crisis. I’ve been jointly involved with Tusla services with some of my clients over the years, and I’ve seen, first hand, the high level of support that Tusla and the Family Resource Centre network can offer. If it ‘takes a village to raise a child’, then Tusla can help families to connect in with their ‘village’, accessing those vital community and parenting supports.”