Children and Family Services in Dublin South City

Child Health

Area Medical Teams visit schools in the area to give vaccinations such as the MMR, Meningitis C, Rubella etc. They also work with Public Health Nurses to monitor a child's development from birth onwards, through a series of standard developmental checks. Area Medical Officers also play an important role in managing outbreaks of illness like measles or mumps in the area. Tel: 016486500


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 line1850 24 1850 or visit -

Social Work

The Social Work team in the Dublin South City Local Health Office is responsible for providing support to children and families in this community, including Family Support Services. 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. A Social Work service is also provided to residents in our community units for older persons. Social workers are also part of our Primary Care Teams. Contact the Dublin South City Social Work Team at Tel: 01648 6500

Child and Family Centre

St. James's Hospital, James Street, Dublin 8. Tel: (01) 454 3710/3890

Community Mothers Programme and Family Support Service

Park House, North Circular Road, Dublin 7. Tel: (01) 838 7122, ext. 246/221

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 in Ireland means 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 Mid Leinster, 15, City Gate, St. Augustine Street, Dublin 8. Tel: 01 6486650

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

Psychology Services 

The Psychology team in the Dublin South Central Health Office provides support to children (0-17) with mild to moderate psychological issues.

We offer assessment and intervention depending on the level of support a child needs.

Our Parent Advice Clinics are a great and fast way to get in touch – please call 087-2572622 for more information.

Further details on Psychology services in this area.