Children and Family Services in Clare

Child Health
Area Medical Teams visit schools in the area to give vaccinations like the MMR, Meningitis C, Rubella etc. They also work with Public Health Nurses to check on a child's development from birth onwards, through a series of standard regular checks. Area Medical Officers also play an important role in managing outbreaks of illness like measles or mumps in the area. Tel: (065) 686 8038

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 by your GP, in hospitals, at Health Centres, at home or at school.

For more information on immunisation talk to your GP, Public Health Nurse, call the HSE infor line 1850 24 1850 or visit -

Social Work
The Social Work team in the Local Health Office is responsible for providing support to children and families in this community. This involves Family Support Services, and care for older people. In cases where children are at risk of harm through abuse, Child Protection Social Workers have an important role in providing care, assessment and follow up to those children and their families, through the Fostering and Child Protection Teams. Tel: 065 686 3907/ 065 686 3908/ 065 686 3909

Children and Families' Services
Social Work and Child Protection Services are provided by the HSE to children and families who require support.

Social Work Department, River House, Gort Rd, Ennis Tel: 065 686 3907

Clare Early Intervention Centre
Lifford Road, Ennis, (on grounds of St. Joseph's Hospital) Tel: 065 686 3500

Child and Adolescent Mental health Service (CAMHS),

Unit 6, Quin Road Business Park, Quin Road, Ennis, Co. Clare. Tel: 065 670 6601.

This service is provided by a multidisciplinary team consisting of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Nurses, Social Workers, Social Care Workers, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists.

Clinical Psychology Service
Sian Harris, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Psychology Service Tobartaoscain, Ennis Tel: 065 686 3626

Community Development Service
Riverhouse, Gort Rd., Ennis Tel: 065 686 3927

Pre-School Inspection & Information Service
Riverhouse, Gort Rd., Ennis Tel: 065 686 3902

Child Protection Information, Training & Advice
Riverhouse, Gort Rd., Ennis Tel: 065 686 3919

Adoption Services
Parkbeg House, 2 Elm Drive, Caherdavin Lawn, Ennis Road, Limerick Tel: 061 206 988

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.

HSE, River House, Gort Road, Ennis, Co Clare 065 686 3907 / 065 686 3908
Shannon Health Centre, Shannon, Co Clare 061 718400

Child & Family Centre
Limerick Tel: 061 48 369

Childminder Advisory Officer Service

Childminder Advisory Officer’s role:

  • To provide a free support system for Childminders caring for 3 or fewer pre-school children.
  • To promote voluntary notification of Childminders
  • To provide advisory visits to Childminders homes.
  • To provide information and training for Childminders
  • To facilitate the establishment of local networks of such Childminders
  • To provide Childminder Vacancy list for parents

Click here for more information on the Childminder Advisory Service