Effective interagency working is vital to ensuring better services for children, young people and their families. We aim to support services; voluntary, community, and statutory, to work together in a co-ordinated way to implement and sustain the work of the programme.
The delivery of evidence based programmes in our Pregnancy and New Parents, Parenting, Early Years and Literacy Strands, is supported by interagency collaborations in order to facilitate implementation. Better Finglas works with almost 50 partner organisations.
Better Finglas Consortium
The Better Finglas Programme was developed by a wide consortium of agencies, organisations, groups and individuals, working in the Finglas area including: HSE, Dublin City Council, Finglas Cabra Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Tolka Area Partnership, Dublin City Childcare Committee, Tusla, Barnardos, An Garda Síochana, early years settings, primary schools and youth services.
A key role of the consortium is to develop more effective interagency collaborations through consultation with a wide group of relevant stakeholders. This involvement helps to create an awareness of Better Finglas and generates commitment and support for the programme.
Steering Group and Implementation Teams
The Better Finglas Consortium appointed a steering group to oversee the development, implementation and review of the project. This steering group drives the Better Finglas Programme by providing direction and vision.
To support the implementation of individual programme strands, Better Finglas have established implementation teams. These teams are made up of a core group of individuals who have expertise in the relevant programme areas. The teams promote interagency working through their engagement with stakeholders and the community.
Better Finglas will develop a strategy for effective inter-agency work focusing on concrete and specific themes such as; identification of gaps in provision, referral pathways, and information sharing within local and national contexts. We will map current provision and need in the catchment area, identifying key stakeholders, and supporting organisations to work together.