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Partners in Policy: Prevention & early intervention in policy

MC and Speakers

Wednesday November 23rd, 12 to 1pm  


Dr. Wadih Maalouf, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Wadih coordinates a global program on prevention of drug use, HIV and violence from UNODC HQ in Vienna. In this role, he disseminates the UNODC WHO International Standards on Drug Use Prevention, avails of technical assistance on development, piloting and effectiveness assessment of family skills and life and social skills programs and supports several interagency initiatives using prevention in ending violence against children and supporting mental health.  

Ciara Pidgeon, Principal Officer, Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. Ciara has responsibility at Principal Officer level for the cross-government co-ordination of policy direction, activity and performance relating to parenting support and related family support initiatives. 

Arlene Forster, CEO of the National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NCCA). Arlene has worked at the NCCA since 2001, where she has led in areas such as curriculum review, assessment, reporting to parents, language, mathematics, science and the development of Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework. 

Gerry Cullen, Program Manager, City Connects, North East Inner City. City Connects is an evidence-based model of integrated student support which is currently being piloted in ten schools in the North East Inner City.  

Derek Chambers, General Manager, Policy Implementation – HSE National Mental Health Operations.

Áine Kerr, MC. Áine Kerr is co-founder and COO of Kinzen, a regular on broadcast media, a Fellow of Columbia University’s Sulzberger Leadership Programme and an award-winning journalist. 


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Programme of Events

Event One:

In person/online

‘Partners in Prevention: Launch’


Monday November 21st
11:00am – 12:30pm

Join some of the key partners in prevention and early intervention in Ireland, including practitioners, policy makers, parents and the organisations which work with them.

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman TD will launch the series, and we will hear from Hanna Vseviov, Deputy Secretary at the Department of Social Affairs in Estonia. Join us in person for some networking, or watch through the livestream.

Event Two:

Online only

‘Partners in Policy: Prevention & early intervention in policy’

Wednesday November 23rd
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Policy initiatives which aim to improve the lives of children and families require policy makers to work across different government departments, sectors and with wider society.

During this event, Dr Wadih Maalouf from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will talk about the importance of families as partners in prevention strategies. A panel of contributors from Ireland will share their experience of embedding prevention and collaboration into policy design and implementation.

Event Three:

Online only

‘Partners in Practice: Prevention & early intervention in practice’

Thursday November 24th
12:00pm – 1:00pm

What Works supports practitioners and their organisations to collaborate and to share knowledge and best practice.

This event will hear from Kevin Webster, Senior Manager, Prevention, Partnership and Family Support in Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, along with other stakeholders, and organisations funded through the What Works Sharing Knowledge Fund, to hear their experience and what helps to put collaboration into practice.