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.

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
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 HSELive 1850 24 1850 or visit - www.immunisation.ie