Children and Family Services in Sligo/Leitrim & West Cavan

Social Work
The Social Work Teams in the Community Services Office are responsible for providing support people in this community. This involves Family Support Services, care for older people, adults and people with disabilities. 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.

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).

Children and Families Services
Social Work and Child Protection Services are provided by the HSE to children and families who require support.
Children's Service, Sheil House, College Street, Ballyshannon (071) 982 2776
Social Work Services, Sligo Leitrim and West Cavan (071) 915 5136
North West Regional Adoption Services (071) 913 6552
Child Care Training (074) 912 3784
North West Regional Counselling Services (071) 914 2161
Leitrim Fostering Team (071) 91 55157.
Sligo Fostering Team (071) 91 55157

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 line 1850 24 1850 or visit -

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.

Markievicz House Sligo 071 91 55157.

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