HSE: Healthy Communities Initiative - Parenting Expression of Interest


Healthy Communities Initiative - Parenting Expression of Interest


The HSE, in partnership with Department of Health and others, have developed an area-based approach to community health and wellbeing improvement, with a particular focus on areas of deprivation. The area-based approach will see the implementation of enhanced Health and Wellbeing programmes within areas that have the greatest levels of disadvantage and highest proportion of young families. They deliver evidence informed services to improve local population health and wellbeing outcomes. In Phase 1 rolling out from 2021, 19 sites aligned to the Sláintecare Healthy Communities Programme are participating. In 2022 NEIC has been added to the funding stream from the Department of Health.

The aim of the parenting pillar of the Sláintecare Healthy Communities Programme is to enable delivery on a universal basis, of a defined set of general parenting programmes in each of the chosen sites and aligned Community Health Network areas. This will increase access for all families to evidence based parenting programmes. These interventions, while provided universally to families with children 0-12 years, will seek to engage those with greater needs. Greater need may be due variety of circumstances such as living in disadvantaged areas, child- or family-based issues (e.g. child or parent with disability, living in temporary accommodation) or membership of a specific group (e.g. travellers) and will be informed by local knowledge.

A core outcome for the Sláintecare Healthy Communities Programme is improved health and wellbeing for children including prevention of childhood obesity. The evidence points to the important role parenting skills play in children’s development. Access to evidence based parenting programmes may be a valuable addition to healthy childhood programmes and childhood obesity prevention approaches within communities.

The HSE, in partnership with TUSLA, are inviting Expressions of Interest from organisations with a track record of working effectively with communities supporting parents, to deliver universally accessible evidence based parenting programmes in one the areas in the Expression of Interest form.

Eligible applications will be assessed by TUSLA and HSE representatives from the national and local CHO level. Organisations selected to deliver parenting programmes as part of the Healthy Communities Initiative will:

  • be funded to deliver a contracted level of service;
  • have to access to funded places on accredited training for the preferred evidence based parenting programmes;
  • be supplied with relevant programme materials and resources to support programme delivery.

The completed Expression of Interest form should be returned to:
Cait.donnelly@hse.ie and roisin.lowry@hse.ie
by 5pm on Wednesday 10/8/22

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Expression of Interest Form 45.67 KB

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
21st Jul, 2022
Expiry Date
10th Aug, 2022