Newry, Mourne & Down Youth Service Launch Audit of Special Needs Provision

Newry, Mourne and Down Youth Service have published an audit of youth service provision currently available within Newry and Mourne for young people with additional needs/specific needs/disability that has been developed in partnership with colleagues in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

A group of staff who work within EA Youth Service and the Southern Health and Social Care Trust stand infront of pop up stands holding copies of the audit booklet.

The youth service team within Newry, Mourne and Down have compiled an audit of all youth service provision available within the Newry and Mourne area for young people with additional needs, specific needs and/or disabilities. 

The document, which has been produced in partnership with the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, provides the context on the creation of the resource and key statistics relevant to the area.  It also includes a full weekly timetable of exclusive youth provision.  In addition to the timetable of services, there is a page dedicated to each youth service provider in the local area with information on their provision, how to access it and contact details.

The document was launched at an event hosted in Rathore Special School and was well attended by youth providers, social care staff from the SHSCT and parents/guardians of young people in the area. 

The event gave parents the opportunity to meet with and talk to youth providers and find out information on what’s available.

Launch event held in the school hall at Rathore Special school. Attendees are sat around tables facing staff speaking at the front.
EA Youth Service and Southern Health & Social Care Trust staff pictured with the principal of Rathore Special School who hosted the event.

Mark Irwin, Operational Manager, Short Breaks, Social Work Social Care Lead (Armagh and Dungannon Locality) stated in his foreword that:

“This resource is invaluable in helping families navigate their way around the mindfield of existing provision and signpost them to the most appropriate service.”

Upon looking at the partnership working between the staff in EA Youth Service and the Southern Health and Social Care Team, Lynsey Branniff, Head of Local Youth Services for the Education Authority said: 

 “Through the partnership which has proven to be extremely beneficial we have been able to identify

  • the needs of SEND young people
  • what youth services are currently available for SEND young people in the Newry, Mourne and Down area
  • Any potential gaps in services along with recommendations for service delivery.”

View the document online or download a copy of the “Youth Service Provision for young people with additional needs/specific needs/disabilities” by clicking the button below. 

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