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Child and Parent Support (Caps)

What is Caps?Child and Parent Support

Caps is NIACRO’s early intervention programme for 8–13 year olds at risk of offending.

Caps intervenes at an early stage where children are at risk of offending and creates work programmes based on their individual and family needs. Along with the child and their family, programmes often include group work run by Caps such as social education and parenting programmes and participation in our family activities scheme. Once a programme has been agreed with the young person and their family, they meet with a Caps worker once a week to carry out the agreed work.

The project has been running since 2004 in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area, and since 2007 in the Belfast area. Internal and external evaluations have repeatedly shown positive outcomes for the children and families taking part in the project.

What does Caps offer?

Caps works with parents and children to:

  • Reduce risks
  • Build confidence
  • Give support
  • Increase self esteem
  • Provide advocacy
  • Introduce families to new people
  • Offer families new opportunities

Caps provides a range of preventative services which work on the strengths and abilities of the child and his/her family. Work programmes are based on the needs of the individual child and family and may include:

  • Individual work
  • Family work
  • Group work
  • Education/Social education
  • Parenting programmes

How can I access this service?

The following children will be considered for admission to the project:

  • Children in the 8-13 age range who reside in the Belfast or Southern Trust area
  • Children who are at risk of engaging in anti-social or offending behaviour
  • Children whose home/school placement is at risk

Referrals can be made by the Youth Justice, Education and Childcare / Child Safety sectors.

For more information or to make a referral, please contact us.

Download information for referrers.

Download information for parents.