Parental Participation

The Children & Young People's Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) brings together a range of agencies to improve the lives of children and young people in Northern Ireland.

Parenting NI are commissioned by the Health & Social Care Board (HSCB) to deliver the CYPSP Parental Participation Project. 

Parental Participation Project areas of work


We carry out direct engagement with parents in order to ensure that parents have a voice in planning support and services in their local area. We ask parents for their views in a number of ways, either through focus groups, online surveys or one to one questionnaires.

We offer Engaging Effectively with Parents training which raises awareness of the importance of parental involvement, explores barriers to participation and ways to engage parents more effectively. The project has also developed a Parental Participation Guide to support organisations to take steps to engage with parents using models of best practice.


Developing relationships with those working with parents is an important part of the project. Our Parental Participation Officers attend events and activities with in a range of settings, such as schools & community groups, to help them strengthen their services and ensure they are parent friendly.


We embrace digital technologies both to gather parents views and to keep them informed about services for their family. The project uses the website and social media to showcase the work of the project, sharing news and information on events, activities, programmes and training. We also produce a quarterly newsletter to raise awareness of the project and highlight key achievements.

Find out more...

Below are links to some of the publications the Parental Participation Project have produced which give guidance to organisations engaging with parents, present the views of parents and also give an insight into the work of the project.

Parental Participation Guide

These guidelines provide steps for implementing best practices.

Regional Survey 2019

Findings from the project's 2019 survey.

Regional Survey 2020

Findings from the project's 2020 survey.

Parental Participation Project Newsletter

Read the latest news from the project.

2019/2020 Annual Report

Take a look at the work the project has completed in the last year in the Annual Report.

Have your say

We're always keen to hear from parents on what would help them access support and reduce barriers to participation. Let us know how organisations could be working with you to enable this.

Parental Participation

Get in touch

If you would like to know more about the project or would like to meet with or have our Parental Participation Officers attend your event, you can drop a line to Elaine or Michelle and they will be glad to have a chat with you.