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Children and Family Services in Laois/Offaly

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. You can contact the Area Medical Officers at: Laois (057) 862 1135 and Offaly (057) 934 1301.

Social Work
The Social Work team in the Local Health Office is responsible for providing support to children and families in this community. 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. Social Work and Child Protection Services can be contacted through your Health Centre or Tel: Laois/Offaly Social Work Team: 05793 70700

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, call the HSE infoline 1850 24 1850 or visit - www.immunisation.ie

Child and Family Centre, Portlaoise Tel: (057) 869 2567

Family Support/Le Cheile Tel: (057) 869 2564

Adoption Services Tel: 05793 70700

Pre-school Services Tel: 05793 70631

Children First Tel: (057) 935 7842