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Children and Youth Service

The Children and Youth service is designed and dedicated to empower families to support children and young people who have sustained an acquired brain injury (ABI) throughout Northern Ireland.

We recognises that the whole family system is affected when a child or young person sustains an ABI. Our service works with the whole family unit to enable everyone to better manage the impact of ABI in daily life. Evidence-based practice forms the foundation of all our work.

Family First Service

The Family First Service is a specialist support service designed to empower families to support children who have sustained an acquired brain injury (ABI). Childhood ABI can result in a number of complex challenges for children and their families. Family First offers an evidence based programme of support to help families and children reach their full potential. It will adopt a problem solving approach, addressing issues faced by the child and family.

The programme involves

  • Helping families better understand ABI

  • Explore ways to manage problems that may arise

  • Help keep families connected

  • Help families make gains through an evidence based programme of support

Meet the team

Our practitioners work alongside the family to empower the family unit to provide the appropriate support to their child with ABI. They work in partnership with parents, children and siblings to ensure the family are equipped to take confident steps towards a positive future.

Catherine Quinn

Asc. Psychologist / Family First Practitioner

Bridget Smyth

Head of Children and Youth Service

Meg Irwin

Family First Practitioner

Suzanne Turner

Youth Service Practitioner

Who can apply?

Anyone can make a referral, whether you are a family member, social worker, GP, counsellor or teacher. We accept referrals from across Northern Ireland.

Once a referral is made

A member of the Children and Youth Service will contact the family directly to discuss the next steps.

How can I apply?

Click on the link to complete an online referral form. Alternatively you can find a referral form on the Children and Youth section section of our website

Or you can contact our team for further information 028 9070 5125

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Dedication: The Family First project is funded by the Lottery Community Fund and in partnership with the psychological services at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. As part of that partnership, the Psychological Services at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust were instrumental in the conception of this portal. Brian Injury Matters would like to thank Dr Eunan McCrudden Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Neuropsychology) & Clinical Lead for all his support and dedication to the Family First project and the initial development of this portal.

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