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Early Childhood Home Visiting- a Collaborative Person-Centered Community Approach

Bleach, Josephine and Byrne, Marion (2023) Early Childhood Home Visiting- a Collaborative Person-Centered Community Approach. In: Prevention and Early Intervention Summit. PEIN, Limerick, Ireland. (Unpublished)

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Based on the Community Mothers Programme, the 0-2 Years Home Visiting Programme has been developed and delivered collaboratively since 2015 in Dublin’s inner city as part of the Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme. A universal, prevention and early intervention programme, it has supported 500 parents to care for their own health and wellbeing and that of their children. Working closely with Public Health Nurses, it delivers key supports in relation to maternal and child diet, sleep, attachment, parenting and infant development. Participants reflect the diversity of the catchment area in terms of culture, accommodation, class, language, and ethnicity etc. In 2019 the Community Mothers Programme was reviewed. Funding from Sláintecare Integration Fund and philanthropic donors led to the collaborative interagency development of an updated model, Community Families, which is replacing the 0-2 Programme. Aligned with key policy developments, including First 5: The Whole of Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and Their Families (DCEDIY), Community Families deliberately puts parents and children first, empowering them through trusted relationships with their Home Visitor and the built-in flexibility to respond to all families and their unique needs and circumstances. A key aim is to empower families to develop confidence as they grow and build their local peer support networks, accessing supports and services within their local community.This paper explores co-production of an early years person-centre care programme in the context of evolving research, education, practice and policy at national and community level.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Children
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform > Community Development
Divisions: Early Learning Initiative Publications
Depositing User: Tamara Malone
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2023 16:39
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2023 15:24

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