Children and Family Services in Cavan & Monaghan

Public Health Nursing
Family Support and Child Protection Services
Area Medical Teams
Specialist Palliative Care Services
Regional Adoption Service North East - Cavan, Monaghan, Meath & Louth

Public Health Nursing
The public health nurse provides a range services free of charge to all pre-school and primary school going children. Some of these services will be automatically provided for example child health visits and school visits, however, additional support can be requested by contacting your local public health nurse.

Following the birth of your baby
The public health nurse will visit you within 48 hours of discharge from Hospital following the birth of your baby. She will continue to visit you during the pre-school period. During these visits she will provide advice and guidance in relation to:
● Food and diet including breastfeeding, bottlefeeding and weaning
● Immunisations
● Safety
She also carries out developmental screening and carries out the heel prick test if it is not already carried out in the hospital

Breastfeeding Clinics
The breastfeeding clinics provide support and advice for breastfeeding mothers.
Contact your local public health nurse for your nearest breastfeed clinic.

School Age Children
The school nurse visits all schools and carries out vision and hearing screening for all primary school going children.

If your child is over 4 years of age and still bedwetting, you can contact your local public health nurse (see below) or your GP who will refer you to Eneuresis Clinic

Where do I contact my local Public Health Nurse?
Public Health Nurses work from local health centres. You can contact your local health centre by telephone between 9.30am and 10.30am Monday to Friday if you wish to speak to the Public Health Nurse. |

  • Find a full list of health centres and contact information here.

Further Information
For further information on public health nursing contact the Public Health Nursing Department
● Cavan (049) 4373126
● Monaghan (047) 30477

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Family Support and Child Protection Services
Child Protection & Welfare Services provide assessment and helping services to children and families who may have experienced serious emotional, physical sexual abuse or neglect. We support families where serious child welfare issues have been identified. We work in multidisciplinary teams made up of social workers, clinical psychologists, social care leaders and family support workers.

Contact the duty social worker on:
- Cavan (049) 4377305
- Monaghan (047) 30426

Children First Information Officer:
We provide an information service to voluntary & statutory organisations to help them develop best child protection & welfare practice within their organisations.
- Cavan & Monaghan (047) 30475

We provide through non governmental organisations services when young people and their parents have been identified as requiring extra support including:
- Family Welfare Conferencing Service provided by Barnardos Contact: Regional Office, 159 Moneymore, Drogheda, (041) 9841868
- One-to-One & Group Support provided by Extern in Cavan
- One-to-One Youth Advocacy Services in Monaghan
- Neighbourhood Youth Project in Monaghan
- 2 Project Workers for families in Cavan provided through the County Child Care Committee
- Tearmann Domestic Violence Services in Cavan and Monaghan (see page 67)

Children in H.S.E. Care
The Children in Care team provide services to children in the care of the HSE. We are also responsible for the recruitment, assessment and training of all new foster Carers. We are multidisciplinary teams made up of social workers, clinical psychologists, social care leaders and family support workers.

For further information contact:
- Cavan (049) 4377305
- Monaghan (047) 30426

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Area Medical Teams
The Area Medical Teams are made up of senior medical officers and medical officers. We provide the BCG vaccination service for counties Cavan and Monaghan in the local health centres. We also visit schools to give the BCG and Tetanus vaccinations.

Senior Medical Officers work with Public Health Nurses to check on a child's development from birth onwards, through a series of standard checks.

Medical Officers carry out the medical assessments on allowance applications such as the Domiciliary Care Allowance and Primary Medical Certificate. Senior Medical Officers also play a role in managing outbreaks of illness like measles and mumps.

Further Information
You can contact the Medical Officers at:
- Cavan (049) 4373149
- Monaghan (047) 30484

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What is immunisation?
Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting your child against certain diseases. Children and young people in Ireland are entitled to certain
vaccinations and immunisation services free of charge. These vaccines are provided in a range of settings: by your GP, in hospitals, at Health Centres, at home or at school.

Is immunisation free?
Vaccinations under the Childhood Immunisation Programme in Ireland are provided free of charge to all children. The childhood immunisation programme protects children from the following: Tuberculosis, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough (Pertussis), HiB (Haemophilus influenzae B), Polio, Meningitis C, Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

Are vaccines safe?
The vaccines used in Ireland are safe. All medicines can cause side effects, but with vaccines these are usually mild, like a sore arm or leg or a slight fever.
Serious side effects to vaccines are extremely rare. Research from around the world shows that immunisation is the safest way to protect your child's health. Your doctor or nurse can discuss the risks with you before giving your child their vaccines. All the recommended vaccines used to protect children in Ireland are licensed by the Irish Medicines Board or the European Medicines Evaluation Agency. They are allowed to be used only after they have been shown to be both effective and safe.

Where can I get my child immunised?
The HSE recommends that all parents bring their children for immunisation, which is free from your GP. If you have any more questions or need more information, you can visit the HSE website - or speak to your GP or your Public Health Nurse in your Local Health Centre.
You can also call the HSE infoline: 1800 700 700, for more information.

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Specialist Palliative Care Services
Specialist Palliative Care refers to treatment and care that is given to people with life threatening illnesses. Palliative Care specialists help to improve quality of life for patients and their families.

The Specialist Palliative Care team try to help patients with their symptoms. For example some patients may suffer from pain, nausea, vomiting and other problems. The team works with patients and their primary care team so that patients and their families can enjoy the best quality of life possible.

Who needs Specialist Palliative Care?
Most people in Ireland receiving Specialist Palliative Care have cancer. However, people with other diseases such as heart disease, lung disease and Multiple Sclerosis may also benefit from Specialist Palliative Care.

I would like to be seen by the Specialist Palliative Care team. How do I organise this?
If you or a relative would like to be referred to the Specialist Palliative Care Team, then you should contact your GP. He or she can make the referral directly and arrange for you to be seen as quickly as possible.

If you are in hospital, you may be seen by the Specialist Palliative Care Team. In order for this to arranged, you must be referred by the consultant looking after you.

For more information contact:
Cavan and Monaghan Specialist Palliative Care Services
No 7, Aeta Place, Gortnakesh, Cavan (049) 4369900

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Regional Adoption Service North East - Cavan, Monaghan, Meath & Louth

Adoption Services for Cavan, Monaghan, Meath and Louth are based in the Regional Child & Family Centre, St Mary’s Hospital, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co Louth. Contact 041 9832963

Services are provided free of charge by a team of Professionally Qualified Social Workers

Pregnancy Counselling:
If you are pregnant and considering adoption there are several Adoption Societies located around the country. The Adoption Agency Social Worker is there to help you work out what is best for you and your baby.  The Social Worker will help you look at both the option of keeping your child or placing him/her for adoption. Considering Adoption does not mean you are committing yourself to an adoption decision.

There may also be a Social Worker available at the hospital you are attending.  It will be helpful for you to link in with the hospital Social Worker as soon as possible in your pregnancy so that you can be supported and provided with information and link to Services and Adoption Agencies.  The Social Worker can also facilitate arrangements for your care in the hospital.

Services for Irish & Intercountry Adoption:

Monthly Information Meeting on all aspects of adoption.
Full Preparation & Assessment Service for Irish and Inter Country Adoption.
One day  Forum for second time applicants for Intercountry & Domestic Adoption.
A Placement Service for Irish children available for adoption.
Marte Meo Therapeutic support is provided by Social Workers where challenges have arisen for children and when it is requested by parents.A yearly workshop is provided for adoptive parents on the topic of talking to their child about adoption.  This workshop is entitled “Conversations about Adoption”.

For Intercountry adopters written post placement reports are provided to your child’s country of origin.

Information & Tracing Service

Records held by the Regional Adoption Service – (North East) include the following.
Adoption files transferred from St Clare’s Adoption Society, Stamullen, Co Meath.      
Records transferred from the Mother & Baby Home, Ard Mhuire, Dunboyne, Co Meath.
Closed fostering files from Louth, Meath, Cavan, Monaghan Community Care areas.

How to Apply for an Information & Tracing Service

If you are a natural/birth mother you should write to the Principal Social Worker at the above address with proof of identity.You will be given an appointment to meet a Social Worker who will provide support and counselling during the search for your adopted child.

If you are an adopted adult you should write in, with proof of identity to the Principal Social Worker. You will be provided with the non identifying information available on your file. If you wish to trace your natural family, you will be invited to attend a “Preparation for Search” group meeting prior to a search being undertaken. Research, counselling, and support will be provided by qualified and experienced Social Work staff throughout your tracing process.                  

If you are an adult who was fostered you should write to the Principal Social Worker at the above address with proof of identity. You will be given an appointment to meet a Social Worker who will provide support and counselling during the search for your family of origin.

If you are a natural father or sibling you should write with proof of identity to the Principal Social Worker. Your enquiry will be dealt with on an individual basis.

Contact us 

Principal Social Worker
Child & Family Centre
St Mary’s Hospital
Dublin Road
Co Louth.

Tel no               041 9832963
Fax No               041 9833067

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Fostering in Irelandmeans taking care of someone else's child in your own home. Children of all ages need foster care – from birth to late teens. Some children need short-term care; others may need long term care. Some children need to find a home that allows them to stay with their brother or sister. But whatever the circumstances, fostering a child is an incredibly rewarding experience. In an ideal situation, the child placed in foster care will return to his or her own family as soon as this is possible.

Fostering Service, HSE Dublin North East, Child & Family Services, Drumalee Cross, Cavan. Tel: 049 4377305 / 306

Health Care Unit, Rooskey, Co Monaghan Tel 047 30426