Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership was established in 2019 under a pilot initiative to support and enhance child and youth creativity in Kerry.
Kerry LCYP is a collaboration between creative practitioners, cultural organisations & resources, Kerry Education and Training Board, Kerry County Council, Kerry Education Centre, Kerry County Childcare Committee, Schools (Primary and Post Primary), Youth Officers, Youth service providers and family resource centres. The objective is to provide out of school creative activities for children and young people that complement and work with formal school settings in a non-mainstream manner.
For more information, please contact:
Deirdre Enright, Creative Youth Co-Ordinator – Kerry ETB
Tel: 066 7193900 or 085 8734946
All workshops, activities, programmes and events are planned, designed and guided by young people to support youth creativity, creative experiences and creative skills at local level. Kerry LCYP prioritises work with young people who may be vulnerable or marginalised by geography, location or circumstance. Priority areas in 2019 and 2020 include Tralee, Listowel, Cahirciveen and the Iveragh Peninsula. Kerry LCYP is part of Creative Youth, an initiative of the all-of-Government Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child and young person.
Each project, programme or event focusses on the use of imagination to create something new that has a value to the young people who design and participate in the work. We encourage child and youth creativity as a habit of mind which can be improved by creating opportunities to participate in creative experiences.
A core value of Kerry LCYP is inclusivity, embracing diversity and engaging hard-to-reach children and young people. Working in close partnership with local youth service providers and cultural stakeholders, Kerry LCYP follows a child-led methodology in designing and delivering its programme, responding to young people and children’s expressed needs through dialogue and consultation in line with Hub na nÓg, the Department of Children and Youth Affair’s youth participation unit.
Kerry LCYP whose lead partner is Kerry ETB operates its business in line with the managment, oversight and compliance functions of Kerry ETB. The LCYP is managed by a full-time Creative Youth Co-Ordinator who is based at Kerry ETB. It is funded under Pillar 1 Creative Youth of the Creative Ireland Programme, which helps to promote and sustain a learning ecosystem in which knowledge and creativity are equal partners in the formation of young people. It receives funding on an annual basis from the Department of Education and Skills as their responsibility under the Creative Ireland programme. It also received funding from Creative Ireland directly (where funds allow). Kerry LCYP is funded on an annual basis currently.
Kerry LCYP is fully compliant with the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003. We operate on a value for money approach and abide by the Public Procurement guidelines. In the management, oversight and compliance related aspects of our work, the expenditure of public funding conforms to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s Circular 13/2014. During the 2020/2021 Pandemic Kerry LCYP operated robust risk management protocols for the health and safety of children and young people during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The work is supported by a Local Creative Youth Co-Ordinator.
Kerry LCYP takes its responsibilities with regard to child safeguarding very seriously. In preparing our Child Safeguarding Statement we have untaken a risk assessment of any potential for harm to a child or young person availing of our service, as defined in the Children First Act 2015.
Our Child Safeguarding Statement specifies the service we provide and the principles and procedures we observe in order to ensure, as far as practicable, that a child or young person taking part in LCYP activities is safe from harm. We have set out any potential risk of ‘harm’ and we have procedures in place to reduce identified risks as specified in section 11(3) of the Children First Act 2015. With regard to any instances where the LCYP enters into agreements with third parties, a statement of assurance will be sought in advance from third parties which states they are fully compliant with Child Protection obligations as specified in the relevant Child Protection and Safeguarding legislation.
Kerry LCYP advocates for the positive physical and mental health of young people in its work. In this context we sometimes highlight free services in the county. See link to the work of Jigsaw here.