Children and Family Services in Longford and Westmeath

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: Longford (043) 3350157; Westmeath (044) 939 5006/1

Social Work
The Social Work Department incorporates Social Workers, Family Support Workers and Community Child Care Leaders. The service assesses child protection and welfare concerns and assists in meeting the support needs of children and families. The service is also responsible for meeting the care needs of children in residential and foster care, while working closely with their
families to assess the possibility of the child returning home.

The Fostering and Adoption Social Work Service
The Fostering and Adoption Social Work Service completes assessments of potential foster carers and provides on-going support to approved foster carers. Assessments of adults seeking to adopt are also completed and post adoption support is provided as appropriate.

Social Work Dept., Tivoli House, Dublin Road, Longford 043 3350783
Social Work Dept., Child & Family Centre, Springfield, Mullingar, Co Westmeath 044 9384450
Social Work Dept., Health Centre, Coosan Road, Athlone, Co Westmeath 09064 83167 09064 91324


Family Support Services/Family Welfare Conference Service
The Family Welfare Conference Service under the direction of The Family Support Services Manager offers families and professionals the opportunity to meet together in an equitable manner, sharing equal responsibility in planning and decision-making in the best interest of the welfare and protection of children and in support of families in need.
Tel: (044) 938 4374

Children and Families' Services
Social Work and Child Protection Services can be contacted through your Local Health Office.
Child & Family Resource Centre, Mullingar (044) 934 4877
Childhood Abuse and Neglect 1800 234 113
Adoption Services (057) 932 8036
Pre-school services (057) 932 8110
Children First (057) 935 7842

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 -

Childminder Advisory Officer  

The Childminder Advisory Officer’s role is:

  • 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

Caroline O’Connor Hughes, Childminder Advisory Officer Westmeath Pre School Services, Marlinstown Business Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
044 9336074

Kerrie Shine, Childminder Advisory Officer Longford County Childcare Committee, Longford Enterprise Centre, Ballinalee, Co. Longford.
043 3342505

Click here for more information on the Childminder Advisory Service


Childminder Training Course Available

Are you a Childminder or thinking of becoming a Childminder in your own home?

“Childminding in the Home” /QAP courses are available to Childminders and those thinking of setting up a childminding service in their own home, through their local Childminding Initiative.

This practical course covers the following topics;

  • Why choose Childminding?
  • Child Development-an overview
  • Hygiene, Health and Safety
  • Well-being of children
  • Play

On completion of this course, a certificate of attendance will be issued.

Details of upcoming courses

Westmeath:      Mon 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, February, 7.30pm-10pm, Mullingar

Longford:         Wed 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th March and 1st April, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Longford

Please phone the following if you would like to book a place on this training course and/or would like more information.

Caroline O’Connor Hughes, Westmeath, Childminder Advisory Officer on 044 93 36074

Emer Carron, Longford County Childcare Committee on 043 3343176