Reaching Out, Supporting Families
Knowledge Exchange
Welcome to the second issue of the Knowledge Exchange for  Reaching Out, Supporting Families  grant holders.
The Knowledge Exchange includes new research relevant to groups working with vulnerable families, practical tools you can use in your work, policy developments that have an impact on your work, along with dates of upcoming events and activities that CES is organising to support the  Reaching Out, Supporting Families Programme. Each issue  features a different grant holder who will share their experience of support on their project as it develops. In this issue, Jeanine Baker from the Fostering Network shares her experience of implementation support on the Programme. 
Interested in getting content like this more regularly? Why don't you join the new Reaching Out, Supporting Families Facebook Group. This is a private group on Facebook that CES has set up and will moderate, to help grant holders make connections online, ask questions and share learning from the experience of implementing your project. You need a personal Facebook account to join the group, just search for Reaching Out, Supporting Families and click 'request to join group.'
We hope you'll find the content useful. Please get in touch with us at and let us know what you think!

The contents of this issue of the Knowledge Exchange include: 
 Toolkits Test Toolkits
Spotting the signs of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
This video is aimed at helping professionals to spot possible signs of CSE. It presents a series of scenarios involving a young person potentially at risk of CSE and uses the voice of a real-life victim who talks about her experiences at the hands of a CSE gang.
Watch the video and download the leaflets here
This is a series of  free mental health information eBooks that will be available to primary and secondary schools, colleges, businesses and community groups. Each eBook has a different theme for each sector. The eBook contains advice on ways to take care of our mental health, warning signs, helpline advice and causes of mental health problems.
To download the ebooks, click here
The DIY Toolkit (Nesta)
Practical tools to trigger and support social innovation. Tools are provided in a range of formats, including short animations and worksheets.  Tools draw on hundreds of tools already developed (eg they include Theory of Change).
To look at the toolkit, click here

Relationships Matter (IRISS)
This tool aims to help practitioners dealing with young people leaving care. It is a conversation tool, which includes a set of cards with different themes, to help them start conversations and encourage reflection. The tool was co designed with practitioners and is being piloted at the moment.
To read more, click here.
 Spotlight on: Implementation Case
The Fostering Network is one of the projects supported under the 
Reaching Out, Supporting Families  programme. 
Jeanine Beck, project worker with Step Up, Step Down  spoke to us about her experience of implementation support and how it is informing their project. Read about her experience 
Foundations for Life: What works to support parent child interaction in the early years? (EIF)
This is an assessment by the Early Intervention Foundation of 75 early intervention programmes aimed at improving child outcomes through positive parent child interactions in the early years.
To read the report, click here.
Improving Health and Wellbeing Outcomes in the Early Years - Research and Practice (CES and IPH)
This book explores how prevention and early intervention approaches can contribute to tackling these social inequalities and improve children's outcomes, before they become embedded and costly.
To read the book, click here

How are children and young people in Northern Ireland doing? (CYPSP)
This is the Northern Ireland Outcome Monitoring  Report with trends.
Click here.
Lighting up Young Brains (Save the Children)
How parents, carers and nurseries can support children's brain development in the first five years.
Click here.

OECD Public Governance Review (Northern Ireland)
This report highlights potential areas where Northern Ireland can build reforms and suggests actions for the future.
Click  here       
  Policy Policy 
Monitoring poverty and social exclusion in Northern Ireland 2016 (Joseph Rowntree Foundation)
This report includes the latest data on poverty in Northern Ireland and focuses on the links between poverty, work, and education.
Click here
Transforming Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland - Services and Governance (Northern Ireland Assembly RAISE briefing paper)
This briefing paper focuses on key aspects of health and social care reform in Northern Ireland over the past decade.
Click here
Question to the Minister for Communities
Date:  14 July 2016
Mr Justin McNulty asked the Minister for Communities to detail (i) how the outcome of the European Union referendum will impact European funding and activities in the voluntary and community sector; and (ii) how any shortfall will be replaced. 
Read the answer here.
Question to the Minister for Communities
Date:  28 June 2016
Mr Robbie Butler asked the Minister for Communities how claimants with poor mental health and wellbeing are supported through changes to the welfare system. 

Read the answer here.

Question to the Minister of Education
Date:  27 June 2016
Ms Catherine Seeley asked the Minister of Education for his assessment of the actions necessary following the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child report on the rights of the child. 
Read the answer here.
To book your place on the below CES training and support events, please contact Melanie Stone at 02890 648 362 or

An introduction to evaluation with children: hearing the voice of the child
Date: Wednesday, 21 September
Time: 10.00 - 15.30pm
Venue: Radar Unit, 8-12 Harbour Court, 9 Heron Road, Sydenham Business Park, Belfast BT3 9HB.

An introduction to self evaluation
Date: Wednesday, 20th October
Time: 10.00 - 16.00
Venue: Lisburn Enterprise Centre
BIG Lottery Reaching Out, Supporting Families Programme: Evaluating the Outcomes of the Programme
Dates: Tuesday 15th November (Lurgan), Wednesday 16th November(Derry/Londonderry) 10.00-13.00, Thursday 17th November (Belfast) 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00.
Evidence Review and Shared Learning Event: Engaging and supporting parents with a learning difficulty
Date: Wednesday 18th January 2017
Time: 10.00-13.00
Venue: Antrim, TBC
How to effectively implement your project plan: an introduction to implementation
Date: Wednesday 01 February 2017
Time: 10.00-15.30
Venue: Lisburn Enterprise Centre
An introduction to implementation: follow up session
Date: Wednesday 01 March 2017
Venue: TBC

Celebrate diversity - together we make our world complete
Date: Sat, 15 October 2016
Time: 9.15-4pm
Venue: Newry
Read more here
Public Attitudes towards data sharing in Northern Ireland
Date: Wed, 7 September 2016
Time: 11.45
Venue: Belfast

Read more here

How the Northern
Ireland Assembly works
Date: Tues 27 September 2016
Time: 9.15
Venue: Parliament Buildings, Belfast.
Read more here