CCA (Creative Community Alternative)

CCA is Cloyne Diocesan Youth Services newest programme which is still in its infancy, we currently have a project coordinator and 8 support workers who work intensively in a one to one setting with young people and families. Our skilled workers facilitate tailored, flexible and timely interventions to meet children’s identified needs within their family, community or care setting.

The purpose of CCA is to provide a high level prevention/ intervention model aimed at young people who are either on the edge of alternative care or currently in alternative care due to complex factors that may include neglect, parental separation, attachment issues, alcohol and/or drug misuse, mental health and economic disadvantage.

Having access to consistent and resourced support allows for the provision of home-based supports, intensive services to address and support challenges with emotional difficulties and access to positive activities and local resources in their communities.

Addressing the needs of children at the optimal point

Early intervention can be defined as anticipating, identifying and addressing problems as they arise or escalate and co-creating an appropriate response with the child and the family. At the higher level of need, this may involve identifying increasing need and responding with appropriate care. This could be where a child or young person is about to be taken into alternative or out-of-home care, where they have had multiple care placements break down or are at risk of placement breakdown and alternative local solutions are possible to resolve the issues.

Prevention services can address complex and acute needs through a multi-agency approach to avoid “last resort” options such as taking a child into care or moving a child to secure care. Through a strengths-based, trauma-informed and child centred approach, Creative Community Alternatives can respond to the complex needs of the child and adapt to their unique circumstances to provide wraparound support and ultimately improve the stability of their living conditions.

For more information on this project please contact – 086 8065863