About Young Knocknaheeny

Built on a strong foundation of local interagency collaboration, which contributed to the design, planning, resourcing and management, YK has formally been in existence since January 1st 2015. YK is part of the national Area Based Childhood Programme funded by Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and Atlantic Philanthropies (AP).

“The programme is an innovative prevention and early intervention initiative consisting of committed funding for an area-based approach to helping to improve outcomes for children by reducing child poverty”

For more information on the Area Based Childhood Programme, click here.

Young Knocknaheeny Vision:

That all children have an equal start in life

Young Knocknaheeny takes a whole community, prevention and early intervention approach to service delivery and practice in child development. It seeks to contribute to lasting change in Knocknaheeny and surrounding areas by building on the skills and capacity of practitioners, services and parents to get every child’s life off to the best possible start.

Statement:

The Young Knocknaheeny Programme is a community prevention and early intervention programme working on the Northside of Cork City. The Programme aims to measurably improve the lives of all children (pre-birth to six) and their families. It does this by building on the work of our many partners across services and disciplines through a whole community approach to respectfully enhance the skills of parents and the workforce of all those who come into the life of the child in order to change the way we all think and do for children forever.

The Young Knocknaheeny Programme is underpinned by an innovative Infant Mental Health Framework and draws on best international evidence and practice. The implementation of the Programme is achieved through community and systems change.

This means Young Knocknaheeny works through a relationship based model directly with families guided by an Infant Mental Health Interdisciplinary framework and indirectly by supporting the development quality skills and environments using coaching, modelling, mentoring and CPD.

For more information about the Programme please click here.

Policy Context

The work of YK ABC is a practical implementation of the national policies, Better Outcomes – Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020. (DCYA, 2014), and Healthy Ireland, (Department of Health, 2013), and implementation of the EU Commission recommendations in Investing in children: Breaking the cycle of disadvantage (2013), and the WHO recommendations in the European Report on Preventing Child Maltreatment (2013). It is aligned to, and compliments, the Tusla Child and Family Agency Prevention, Partnership & Family Support strategy (2015), the National Maternity strategy (2016) and Nurture HSE Infant Health and Wellbeing Strategy (2016).

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Read more about our integrated research and evaluation strategy here

To read more about the people and partners involved with YK click here

Strategy:

The Young Knocknaheeny Programme consists of 4 interconnected strategies, supported by an integrated research and evaluation process.  The strategies are connected by their common approaches of capacity building, integration and quality so that all children can be happy, well, able to learn and reach their full potential.

 

 

Figure 1: YK Integrated Strategies

Underpinned by Interdisciplinary Infant Mental Health Framework

Supported by an integrated Research and Evaluation

For systems / community change

For details on the programme please follow the link: template-information-for-yk-programme

“It takes a whole village to raise a child.”
Old African Proverb
“The programme is an innovative prevention and early intervention initiative consisting of committed funding for an area-based approach to helping to improve outcomes for children by reducing child poverty”