Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) is a cross border health and social care partnership comprising the Health and Social Care Board, the Public Health Agency, the Southern and Western Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland and the border counties of the Health Service Executive (HSE) in the Republic of Ireland. CAWT is managing a range of cross border health and social care programmes, part financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVA cross-border Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. One of these project is the CAWT Outcomes for Children Project which was set up to assess need and plan services for children and young people at a cross border level.
Stephen Barry is Information Support Officer for the CAWT Outcomes for Children Project and has been in his current post since January 2010. He explains that mapping indicators is an important part of the partnership’s work. “The mapping of indicators, which are linked to outcomes for children as well as services, has the potential to underpin integrated planning of services for every child in Ireland,” he says.