HSCL 2020-21


'Parenting When Separated', a free online talk for parents

Friday 19th March 12p.m. - 1 p.m.

Prof John Sharry

Drawing on the evidence-based Parents Plus Programmes, John Sharry describes practical ways parents can help themselves and their children cope and thrive after separation.  In particular the talk will describe how you can learn to 

  • Communicate and co-parent effectively with your children’s other parent 
  • Maintain the quality of your parenting 
  • Tune into and respond to your child’s needs 
  • Prioritise your own self care as a parent 
  • Minimise post separation challenges and changes

To reserve a place for yourself or to refer another parent please see more details 

The full Parents Plus Parenting when Separated Course is being run over six weeks for parents in partnership with Parentlinestarting Thursday 15th April, 7:30 - 9:30p.m.  For more details to book a place or to refer a parent please go to  



The third and final discussion in the Positive Health mini-series will focus on Future-Proofing our Youth’. During this discussion, the panel of RCSI experts will discuss ideas from strengths-based parenting and growth mindset work and provide examples of how we can help our children develop ways of thinking about stress, adversity and challenge that builds confidence and capability. 

It will be available to watch on Monday, 1 March on the RCSI YouTube channel and via the website page The recording will also be available to watch back afterwards on the RCSI YouTube channel. 

For more information and to register your interest, please visit



Barnardos Online Safety Webinar for Parents:
Barnardos are hosting a free webinar for parents on online safety which will be run a number of times over the coming weeks. This 45-minute session will give parents practical tips that will help them keep their children safe & resilient online. The following webinar will be held on the following dates: Wed 4th Nov @ 1pm, Tues 10th Nov @ 7pm, Tues 24th Nov @7pm, Wed 2nd Dec @1pm and Tues 8th Dec @7.30pm. Click link for registration details: CLICK HERE

Jigsaw Webinars: 
Jigsaw are running a series of Webinars for parents. The first was on supporting young people struggling with mental health at school and there is a recording available. The next is on Monday November 9th and is entitled Self-Care in the Winter Months. Jigsaw have a number of centres around the country, but anyone can register for the webinars. Click here for link:

Mind Yourself – the Mental Health and Wellbeing Reading Guide: 
The Covid-19 pandemic is a considerable source of worry for children and families, and young people are having to cope with big changes at home and at school. In response, Children’s Books Ireland, in partnership with Jigsaw and ISPCC Childline, has created Mind Yourself – the Mental Health and Wellbeing Reading Guide. The Mind Yourself reading guide is a resource that can be used by adults – parents, guardians, caregivers, teachers – to support and educate young people in relation to mental health and wellbeing. The guide contains reviews and recommendations of over 400 books for children and young people from birth to age eighteen and is designed as a ‘first-aid kit’ for worries, sadness, loneliness, anxiety and any number of feelings that a young person may want to explore. Mind Yourself also contains mental health and wellbeing information from Jigsaw and ISPCC Childline, including tips and coping strategies for young people and advice for adults on supporting children to build resilience. The guide is available free of charge through every library authority in the Republic of Ireland and a digital version of the Mind Yourself Reading Guide can be viewed or downloaded here. Should you wish to purchase a copy of #MindYourself please click here!