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Partners in Prevention: Launch Event

MC and Speakers

Monday November 21st – 11 to 12.30pm  

Launch by : Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman TD 


Hanna Vseviov, Deputy Secretary General, Social Affairs, Estonia. Hanna has worked at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Communications since 2010. Hanna is a former member of the Bureau of the Steering Committee on the Rights of the Child of the Council of Europe. 

Catherine O’Donohue, National Parenting Lead, Prevention, Partnership & Family Support, Tusla.  Catherine has responsibility for overseeing various parenting initiatives, including the Parenting Support Champions Project, Parenting 24seven, the development of the National Parenting Commissioning Framework, parenting forum and leading on the development of a new five year Tusla Parenting Support strategy. 

Ciara Ni Raghallaigh, Parents Plus Special Needs (PPSN) Programme Coordinator for Parents Plus Charity. Parents Plus trains professionals in evidence-based parenting and mental health programmes.  

Niamh Kerrigan, Parent Facilitator on the Parents Plus Special Needs Programme. In her role as facilitator, Niamh draws on her lived experience as a parent to benefit children and families with special needs.  

Ian Power, CEO Ian is CEO of Community Creations, the not-for-profit company behind the award-winning and Crisis Text Line Ireland. is Ireland’s youth wellbeing information website by young people. Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7, anonymous messaging service for young people in mental health crisis. 

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. 

Tea and coffee available from 10.30 am and post event networking from 12.30pm 


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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.