Children's Brain Injury Service Wins Award


The Children's Acquired Brain Injury Consultation Service (Children's ABCS) has received the Guidelines and Audit Implementation Network (GAIN) award for Service Improvement at the “Delivering Safer Care Conference, 2014”. Dr Eunan McCrudden and Naomi Brown presented the service’s activities over the past year in a talk entitled “Giving the Silent Epidemic a Voice”.

The Children’s ABCS service was commissioned by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) following the publication of the review of brain injury services in Northern Ireland in 2011 in recognition of the need to augment core services across health, education and voluntary sectors in better understanding and meeting the needs of children, young people and families following an acquired brain injury.
It does this through training and child-centred consultations.

To date Children’s ABCS have provided training to 687 professionals and service providers through events facilitated by the Clinical Education Centre (CEC) and social work workforce development managers across Northern Ireland. The services are also in the process of developing an e-learning module on acquired brain injury in childhood with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).

Over the last year Children’s ABCS have advised service providers across health, education, voluntary and justice sectors on 55 children and young people who had sustained acquired brain injuries and were struggling in some area of development.

The multi-professional service has extensive experience of working with children and young people who have sustained acquired brain injuries and consists of sessions from clinical psychology, occupational and speech and language therapy.

More about Acquired Brain Injury

Acquired brain injury is an umbrella term for a host of conditions and injuries that might impact on children’s brain and, by extension, how they think, feel, play, learn and develop. It includes traumatic brain injury (TBI), central nervous system infection, tumour and irradiation treatment of the central nervous system and injuries due to the restriction of oxygen reaching the brain (as in stroke, near-drowning or hanging).

How to Contact Us:

Persons or services wishing to contact Children’s ABCS to discuss a particular child with a brain injury, or wanting to arrange training can do so by emailing the service at:

Pictured above - at the awards ceremony: Dr Eunan McCrudden, Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist and Naomi Brown Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist.