Children and Family Services in Dublin North West

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 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.

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 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 at your local Health Centre, call the HSE info line 1850 24 1850 or visit - www.immunisation.ie

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.  

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Intercountry Adoption
Intercountry adoption is were a child living outside Ireland is adopted and brought to live in Ireland. People resident in Ireland who wish to adopt abroad are required to have their eligibility and suitability assessed based on the Standardized Framework for Intercountry Adoption Assessment before they travel abroad, if their adoption order is to be recognised under Irish Law.

Contact the Intercountry Adoption Team at Dartmouth House, Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 Tel: (01) 620 1100

Fostering
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.

Park House, Ground Floor, N.C.R. Dublin 7. Tel 01 8692700

Community Mothers Programme and Family Support Service
Park House, North Circular Road, Dublin 7 Tel: (01) 838 7122, ext. 246/221

Childminders Advisory Service
The Childminder Advisory Service provides a support system for Childminders who cater for three or less pre-school children in their own home.

Childminder Advisory Officer’s role:

    • To provide a free support system for Childminders caring for 3 of 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

Contact
Liz Butler, Childminders Advisor, Dublin North West Local Health Office, Rathdown Rd, Grangegorman, Dublin 7
Text or Tel: 086 805 9323 or 01 882 5174
Email: liz.butler@hse.ie

Click here for National Guidelines for Childminders from the Office of the Minister for Children

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Childcare
Crisis Intervention Service, Park House, North Circular Road, Dublin 7 Tel: (01) 838 7122

Community Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services
Warrenstown House In-Patient Unit, Blanchardstown Road North, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 Tel: (01) 821 2411/2169
Department of Child Psychiatry, Tallaght Hospital , Dublin 24 Tel: (01) 414 4802
Child and Family Centre, St James’s Hospital, St James’s Street, Dublin 8 Tel: (01) 454 3710/3890
Connolly Norman House, North Circular Road, Dublin 7 Tel: (01) 868 1400

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