Reaching Out, Supporting Families
Knowledge Exchange
Tools, research, policy and events
Welcome to the third issue of the Knowledge Exchange for  Reaching Out, Supporting Families  grant holders.
The Knowledge Exchange includes practical tools and resources you can use in your work with vulnerable families, 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 spotlight on a different aspect of practice.  In this issue, we look at how shared learning events can help practitioners to apply research to their practice.
Have you heard about the Reaching Out, Supporting Families Facebook Group? This is a private group on Facebook where you can make connections with other grant holders, ask questions and share learning from the experience of implementing your project. You need a personal Facebook account to join the group. Log into your account, search for Reaching Out, Supporting Families and click 'request to join group.' We hope to see you there!
Please get in touch with us with any ideas or feedback you have about this resource at

In this Knowledge Exchange you will find:
 Tools and Resources Test Toolkits
Creative Storyboarding (IRISS)
This resource produced by IRISS in Scotland offers some guidance to community and voluntary groups on how to use creative storytelling to create more engaging, visual impact.
Click here to access this resource

Reaching Out, Supporting Families - Overarching Evaluation
This presentation explains what's involved in the Overarching Evaluation of the Programme.
Click here to watch this presentation

Childhood Adversity -Learning from research and practice in Ireland and Northern Ireland (CES)
Read some accessible messages from research in this summary about the impact of adversity, and what practitioners can do to support children at risk of experiencing it.
Click here to read this summary

"Believe in Me" Campaign (Barnardo's)
An online archive of videos promoting Barnardo's "Believe in Me" campaign, documenting real life stories of young people's experiences of overcoming adversities.
To read more, click here
 Spotlight on: Shared Learning Events Case
In January 2017, CES facilitated the first in a series of shared learning events with grant holders. The purpose of these sessions is to present some of the key messages from research on a challenge faced by Reaching Out grant holders and to bring together interested practitioners to discuss practice implications and to share learning.
To read more about the first shared learning event, click here

 ResearchResearch and Publications 
How caring for a child with complex health needs can be isolating and extraordinary (The Conversation)
What can the evidence tell us about the experiences of parents of children with complex needs?
Click here

Mental Health in Northern Ireland: Fundamental Facts 2016 (Mental Health Foundation)
The Mental Health Foundation have produced a summary of key findings and figures on all areas of mental health in Northern Ireland.
Click here

Are young fathers "hard to reach"? Understanding the importance of relationship building and service sustainability (Journal of Children's Services)
This research explores service provision for young fathers through analysis of a project called 'Following young Fathers'.
Click here.

Gender and children and young people's emotional and mental health (NCB)
New resources include a review of the evidence, along with practice examples.
Click here 
Children and Young People's Strategic Indicators (NI Assembly RAISE Briefing Paper)
A report outlining NI's Ten Year 'Our Children and Young People - Our Pledge' - strategy outcomes and progress to date.
Click here

Mental Health in Northern Ireland
(NI Assembly RAISE Briefing Paper)
A paper providing background information on mental health and illness in NI, an overview of strategies, policies, care pathways, child and adolescent mental health services and the possible barriers to accessing services.
Click here

Question to the Minister of Health
Date: 16 January 2017
To ask the Minister of Health to outline what work her Department is undertaking to support looked after children. Read the answer here


Question to the Minister of Education
Date: 21 December 2016
To ask the Minister of Education when the current priority criterion for socially disadvantaged children applying for pre-school will be reviewed.
Read the answer here

Question to the Minister of Communities
Date:  16 December 2016
To ask the Minister for Communities for her assessment on the creation of an advice portal for families with children and young people with disabilities, to advise them of the benefits and financial help available.
Read the answer here

To book your place at any of these CES training and support events, please contact Louise Swindell at 02890 648 362 or
Evidence Review & Shared Learning Event: Engaging and Supporting Fathers
Date: Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Time: 10:00-13:00
Venue: Clotworthy House, Antrim Castle Gardens
Reaching Out, Supporting Families Cluster Group: Working in Partnership with Schools
Date: Wednesday 17th May 2017
Time: 10:00-13:00
Venue: TBC

Strengthening Partnership Working
Date: Wednesday 26th  April 2017
Time: 10:00-14.30
Venue: NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB
Data Analysis and Presentation of Findings
Date: Wednesday 21st June 2017 and Thursday 22nd June 2017
Time: 10:00 - 15:30
Venue: TBC and NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens
An Introduction to Social Media: What, Why and How?
Date: Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Time: 10:00-15:30
Venue: Mencap, 5 School Road

Mental Health: Treatments and Interventions, Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series
Date: Weds, 8 March, 2017
Time: 1:30 - 4:30pm
Venue: Parliament Buildings, Stormont
Read more  here
Open Data in a Day (NICVA )
An interactive one-day course on the concept and usage of open data.
D ate: Tues, 14 March 2017
Time: 09:30 - 5:00pm
Venue: NICVA, Belfast
  Read more here

Addressing Autism, Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series
Date: Weds 29 March 2017
Time: 1:30 - 4:30pm
Venue: Parliament Buildings, Belfast.
Read more here