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Children and Family Services in Louth

Social Work and Child Protection Services can be contacted through your Local Health Office.

Louth Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services
Dublin Road, Drogheda, Tel: 041-9832963

Louth Child Care Services
Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Tel: (042) 938 5457

Child Protection and Fostering Department
Wilton House Stapleton Place, Dundalk, Tel: (042) 939 2200
Ballsgrove Health Centre, Ballsgrove, Drogheda, Co. Louth Tel: (041) 98 38574

Regional Residential Child Care Manager
20 Chord Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Tel: (041) 984 1309

Child & Family Centre
St. Mary's Hospital, Dublin Rd., Drogheda, Co. Louth, Tel: (041) 989300
Ballsgrove Health Centre, Ballsgrove, Drogheda, Co. Louth Tel: (041) 98 38574

Family Support Services aim to promote the welfare of children in their own homes and communities. It seeks to enhance the morale, supports and skills of families including children with special needs, vulnerable children and their parents.

Louth Health Office provides a number of family support services directly:

1. The Teen Parent Support Programme provides an additional range of support services for teenage parents to maximise their potential and reduce the risk
of poverty, isolation and social exclusion. For more information please contact the Programme Leader at (041) 987 5295.

2. The Muirhevnamor Springboard Initiative aims to provide an integrated and co-ordinated response to the needs of families within Muirhevnamor with
particular focus on the development and well being of children. For more information please contact the Project Manager at (042) 935 1680.

3. The Family Support and Child Welfare Service Team aim to provide a quality service to families with children by working in partnership with families who
need support to help them through the ups and downs of life. For more information please contact the Team Leader at (041) 987 5294.

Family Support Services Manager at (041) 987 5297.

Social Work
The Social Work team in the Louth 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/neglect, Child Protection and Welfare Social Workers have an important role in providing care, assessment and follow up tothose children and their families, through the Fostering, Children in Care and Family Support Services.
Dundalk (042) 939 2200,
Ballsgrove Health Centre, Drogheda: (041) 983 8574,
Child & Family Centre, Dublin Road, Drogheda. Tel: (041) 983 2963

Childrens Residential Service
The HSE is responsible for children who, for a variety of reasons, cannot live at home with their families. Most children looked after by the HSE live in family based care arrangements, but others require a degree of structure and care that can only be provided in a residential care setting. Residential care takes many forms, ranging from low support hostel style facilities to Special Care centres, where children have a high degree of supervision.

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. The Principle Area Medical Officer is based in Haymarket Health Centre, Drogheda. Tel: (041) 983 8605

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 infor line 1850 24 1850 or visit - www.immunisation.ie  

Psychology Service
The aim of the Psychology Services is to promote the psychological well being of children and families. These services provide appropriate assessment and therapy to children, adolescents and their families who present with a broad range of emotional and behavioural problems.

Dundalk Local Health Office Tel: (042) 6820000
Haymarket, Drogheda Tel: (041) 983 8605