Houses of the Oireachtas

01/25/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/25/2023 08:49

Disability Matters Committee to discuss family centered practice and parent training interventions with representatives from the HSE, Positive Parenting Program and Parents Plus

25 Jan 2023, 14:44

The Joint Committee on Disability Matters will meet on Thursday January 26th for consideration of Family Centered Practice and Parent Training Interventions.

The meeting will take place in Committee Room 4 of Leinster House between 09:30-12:30 and will be split into two sections.

09:30 - 11:00: Representatives from Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, Matt Buttery, Chief Executive Officer, Audrey Cruise, Social Care Manager, Prevention Partnership and Family Support (PPFS), St. Helena's Resource Centre, Debbie Keogh, Social Care Worker, St. Helena's Resource Centre & Pamela Gannon, Parent

Representatives from Parents Plus Charity, Cherie Tyner, Chief Executive Officer, Ciara Ni Raghallaigh, Special Needs Programme Co-Ordinator, Niamh Kerrigan, Parent & Wayne Mc Sweeney, Parent

11:00 - 12:30: Representatives from Health Service Executive (HSE), Bernard O'Regan, Head of Operations, Disability Services, Professor Malcolm MacLachlan, Clinical Lead for National Clinical Programme for People with Disability

Caroline Canton, National Programme Co-Ordinator, Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People & Angela O'Neill, National Disability Specialist, Community Operations

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Committee Cathaoirleach Deputy Michael Moynihan said: "We welcome the opportunity to discuss Family Centred Practice and Parent Training Interventions and how it aligns with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities."

"The UNCRPD requires service providers to provide a social model of support that facilitates disabled people to achieve maximum independence.
"With that in mind, programmes focussed on family centered practice recognise that families know what is best for their children while professionals bring knowledge, skills and experience in disability.

"This model has the potential to align with the UNCPRD and international best practice and
we look forward to discussing how Family Centered Practices can better support families and children with disabilities."

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