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A quarterly newsletter from the Prevention and Early Intervention Network September 2022
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Member's Reconnection Event
PEIN reconnecting with members in the teeth of a crisis
On 21st October PEIN held its first face to face event for members since the start of the pandemic. It was very energising to reengage with our members passions and concerns is a way that you cannot do virtually. We opened with members outlining the current issues, concerns and developments in their own service for the children and families they worked with as well as for their own agency. This was followed a very powerful input and discussion on the Pieces of Us report by Aoife MacNamara of the Ombudsman for Children’s Office.
In the afternoon Maria gave us a whistlestop tour of the PEIN Prevention and Early Intervention policy paper, following by a facilitated discussion led by Marian which explored how the paper can be further strengthened as well as the strategies we need to deploy in order to ensure that prevention and early intervention are cornerstones of the next Programme for Government.
The PEIN Executive has recently welcomed two new members: Tracey Monson from the Daughters of Charity Child and Family Service and Katherine Harford from Let’s Grow Together. The Executive has now reached its maximum number. Congratulations to Rebecca Moore on her move to Chime and to Mary Holmes on her move to the Churches Trust.
It was great to have practitioners from around the country and beyond attend the four day facilitator training for Circle of Security Parenting recently. 
Thursday October 27th 11.30 – 14.30
The Axis Theatre, Ballymun

Join Youngballymun  and the community to celebrate the launch of our Infant Mental Health Evaluation by Dr Evelyn Gordon and her team in DCU.
We will be joined by Suzanne Zeedyk and a panel to explore the importance of working with parents and children from the earliest years.
Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist fascinated by babies’ inborn capacity to communicate. Suzanne brings her knowledge of the science of the early years to bear on topics such as the parent-infant relationships, family support, communicative disorders, and the socio-political contexts that frame our responses to scientific information. She works closely with organisations throughout the world to increase awareness of the decisions we take about caring for children, illuminating the way in which those decisions are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build.
We hope you will be able to join us for this interesting in person event in the Axis Arts Centre, more details and booking form will follow soon.
We will be in touch with an Eventbrite link to reserve your place
We published our annual report 2021 in July and it is currently available to read and download from our website here:
Archways have recently launched their brand-new website where you can find details on the history of Archways, the team, governance structures as well as copies of their Strategic Plan 2021-2025 and Annual Reports. There is lots of information on all their programmes and projects, upcoming training and an online shop for all your Incredible Years materials.
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The Getting started with RP course will provide you with;
  • An overview of the origins and development of RP;
  • The evidence of outcomes that can be expected from adopting RP; and
  • An outline of the skills and strategies that are used when taking a restorative approach in our life.
When you have done this short course, you will be able to:
  • Use Restorative Language – this is a way of talking that promotes empathy and understanding between people. Using restorative language helps us to build relationships and to stop conflict getting out of hand;
  • Have Restorative Conversations – these are conversations we have if we have a problem with another person when either they have let us down or we have let them down. Sorting the problem out restoratively prevents conflict from escalating and really helps with keeping the relationship healthy.
This training course takes place online via zoom over six two hour online sessions via Zoom, The sessions will take place on
  • Tuesday 4th October 2022
  • Thursday 6th October 2022
  • Tuesday 11th October 2022
  • Thursday 13th October 2022
  • Tuesday 18th October 2022
  • Thursday 20th October 2022
  • All sessions will be from 17:00 – 19:00 pm
To book a place please visit below:
Doodle Den Training
We had our annual Doodle Den training on Saturday 3rd September where we met lots of new Doodle Den facilitators! We also had some experienced facilitators in attendance, which meant there was a fantastic opportunity to share ideas and experiences around facilitating Doodle Den.
Doodle Den is a 32-week after school literacy programme aimed at children in Senior Infants (aged approximately 5/6 years). Children attend Doodle Den sessions 3 times per week, for 90 minutes. The programme integrates a range of activities, including games, drama, art and PE. Through rigorous evaluation conducted by researchers from Queen’s University, Doodle Den has been found to lead to improvements in children’s overall literacy and concentration. Children attending Doodle Den have also been found to increase their reading at home and there has been increased library use among families engaging with Doodle Den.

We are delighted to see Doodle Den continue to be implemented in schools across Dublin 1, 7 and 24!

Doodle Families Training
Doodle Families training took place at the Childhood Development Initiative on Saturday 10th September, where we met 17 future Doodle Families facilitators from Tallaght, Drogheda and Clonshaugh! Doodle Families is an 8-week family literacy programme which aims to engage first class children and their parents with literacy in a fun way. Parents and children attend separate sessions for one hour per week, where they engage with content based on best national and international research in family literacy practices. Our new facilitators are looking forward to getting started with Doodle Families this term!
End the Silence – raising awareness about problem
alcohol use in the home
17-22 Oct 2022
We know that at least 200,000 children in Ireland are currently living with the trauma of parental problem alcohol use (PPAU) and a further 400,000 adults are living with the legacy of this adverse childhood experience (ACE) – emotional, mental and physical health problems.
During the week of October 17 Alcohol Action Ireland is organising events and leading discussions on PPAU. We will be hearing from a range of experts, highlighting research findings and launching a dedicated toolkit, co-produced by AAI with professionals working in the field and people with lived experience. We hope the toolkit will be used by people across Ireland beyond this week to broaden understanding of this topic and allow people access help and information that will support them in their healing. 
We would love you to attend, if you can, and we would really appreciate your help to spread the word by sharing with your networks, using the hashtag #EndtheSilence in your social media promotion. Keep an eye on our social media for updates about these events. 
Details of the week and registration for the events are available here:

CARN Conference 2022 – Dublin 
We invite you to join us from 28th – 30th October 2022, for the Annual CARN Conference, taking place in, and hosted by, National College of Ireland. 
CARN aims to encourage and support action research projects (personal, local, national and international), accessible accounts of action research projects, and contributions to the theory and methodology of action research.
The conference theme of Changing Lives through Action Research reflects the mission of NCI and is designed to: 
  • Include and value all voices and perspective
  • Encourage a broad range of researchers and practitioners to share their insights into how action research can be used for the greater good 
  • Celebrate the joy, challenges, achievements and disappointments of action research
For more information, testimonials and how to book your conference ticket please visit our website: and twitter: @CARn_intl
The Home Visiting Alliance Sharing Workshop 
After gaining funding from The Wheel Training Links Grant and The What Works Sharing Knowledge Project, we are happy to report that we will be running a series of Sharing knowledge Workshops for Home Visiting Staff over the next year. The sessions are based on the feedback given to us by Home Visitors at previous Home Visiting Alliance meetings. Our first one on Neurodiversity and Pathways to Support will be held on Friday 14th October 11 am-1 pm. The Speaker, Zarah Doyle from AsIAm will present on assessments, multidisciplinary teams, community, pre-school, and primary school supports, as well as how to support families on this journey. 
Zarah has many years of experience as an early year's educator and holds a master's in early intervention. She has worked in adult education and as an early year's placement tutor for DCU. She also set up numerous strengths-based community projects for autistic children and has parental experience in the neurodiversity field.
This workshop will be delivered on three occasions.  Select the date that suits you best. 
This workshop will provide a brief overview and awareness building about PAE/FASD in the home.  Because the structure and function of the brains of those with PAE/FASD are different, the way we support them is different from the way we support a ‘Neurotypical Child’. People with this condition learn and retain information very differently from those in the general population. 
The workshop will include the most common behavioural and cognitive difficulties associated with PAE/FASD and point to some simple adaptions that can be made to routines. The workshop will be suitable as an introduction for those with little or no knowledge of FASD.
Learning outcomes of 2.5 hour training, parents will:
  1. Start to understand the contributing factors and incidence rates for FASD in Ireland and around the world. 
  2. Become familiar with common signs and symptoms of FASD, and the typical difficulties for both children and parents when these are misunderstood.
  3. Understand some of the underlying biological differences that give rise to the cognitive and sensory issues typical in FASD.
  4. Start to develop an understanding of the principles of how each brain affected by PAE/FASD is different, so that expectations and support can be tailored to suit each family that requires extra help.
Take Home Resources;
Participants will also leave with handouts, links to the most relevant websites and a newly developed tool called “My Kind of Mind, A Guide to Understanding [FASD]” For those that wish, connections will be provided for an active Irish FASD Parent Caregiver support group.
Facilitator: David Gerry BSc Biology & Psychology In addition to raising two now 30+ year old adults with FASD, he has co-founded charities/non-profits in two countries to advocate for and support other families raising members with this condition
OPTION ONE: Oct 26th , 2022 10am – 12.30pm
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OPTION TWO: Nov 8, 2022 07:00 -9:30pm
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OPTION THREE : Nov 16th, 2022 10:00-12:30pm
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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