Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme


“Vision, Policy and practice for thriving children, strong families and vibrant neighbourhoods”

Investing in children’s earliest development and earliest relationships


Update: The 2016 conference is now fully booked. We look forward to meeting you all on November 7th in Millennium Hall.

Join us on November 7th in Millennium Hall, Cork City Hall, 9am to 4.30pm

Building from the ground up, Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme is supporting State action to tackle child poverty and enhance mainstream service provision so that Ireland can be, in the words of Better Outcomes Brighter Futures National Children’s Framework, “one of the best small countries in the world in which to grow up and raise a family, and where the rights of all children and young people are respected, protected and fulfilled; where their voices are heard and where they are supported to realise their maximum potential now and in the future”.

But how? This conference will bring together leading experts, policy makers, practitioners and participants to share and connect the science, policy and interdisciplinary practice across the domains of child development, health, equality, urban development and change practices for whole community prevention and early intervention.

Together we will consider the policy, change and implementation processes that support capacity building, quality improvement and service integration. A common understanding of these processes is the starting point to developing and embedding an approach to practice, services and neighbourhoods to build the best possible start for all children and families. Mainstreaming these processes across strategic domains of public policy and practice now and in the future is necessary to seriously address childhood poverty and to bring about lasting change in communities which experience persistent, multifaceted disadvantage.

The conference is aimed at national, regional and local policy and decision makers, service managers and current and future practitioners committed to ending childhood poverty and social disadvantage; those who are interested in innovation that respectfully changes the way we, including parents, practitioners and services think and do, in providing the best possible start in life for all children in Ireland.

The Conference day is organised into three parts:

  1. Vision to practice
  2. Policy to Practice
  3. Processes to Practice

Participants will have the opportunity to think “outside the box” of their fields, connect with others and learn from complimentary and connected science, policy and practice. Participants will have the opportunity to network, learn, question and debate.

The format comprises of key note addresses and panel discussions, with video in-puts and networking opportunities.

Confirmed speakers include:

Welcome from Lord Mayor Cork City, Cllr. Des Cahill

  • Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D.
  • Dr. Aisling Gillen, National Policy Development Manager Family Support & National Programme Manager for Development & Mainstreaming Programme for Prevention, Partnership & Family Support (PP&FS), TUSLA Child and Family Support Agency
  • Ms. Catherine Maguire, Senior Clinical Psychologist , Infant Mental Health Specialist, Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme
  • Mr. Dave Cashman, Principal, Sundays Well Boys National School
  • Ms. Anne Horgan, Manager, HSE Cork North Speech and Language Department
  • Ms. Cathy O’ Sullivan, Centre of Midwifery Education, Cork University Maternity Hospital
  • Ms. Jenna Russell, Project Leader, Barnardos Brighter Futures Centre
  • Ms. Katherine Harford, Programme Manager, Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme
  • Professor Anthony Staines, Chair of Health Systems, School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University
  • Professor Hugh Frazer, Adjunct Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University; Coordinator of the European Social Policy Network.
  • Ms. Eileen Kearney, Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing, Cork.

Session Chairs

  • Mr. Pat Corbett, Chairperson Consortium of Young Knocknaheeny
  • Ms. Ann Doherty, Chief Executive, Cork City Council
  • Mr. Noel Kelly, Education Welfare Manager, TUSLA Child and Family Agency
  • Mr. Francis Chance, Nurture Programme –Infant Health and Wellbeing, Katharine Howard Foundation.