Therapeutic Social Worker

Address: St Helena’s Family Resource Centre

Contact Name: Fiona O’Leary


Phone: 01 8800500

Fax: 01 8800532

Web site: None

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday
Opening Hours: : 9-5

Who can use the service?: Families with children under 12 years of age

Cost: None


Informal referrals accepted: Yes

Formal referrals accepted: Yes

Referrals accepted from: Self referrals from Parents. Referrals from support services for children and families. This is a voluntary service and families need to be open to availing of the service.

How to make a referral: Contact the Therapeutic Social Worker to discuss the matter. Fill in the referral form

What Do We Do?

Centre Overview

Provides a preventative and supportive social work service to the Finglas area. Work with children and families for the purpose of early identification of problems and early intervention.

Key Aims & Objectives of Service

Provide children who have experienced problems or difficulties with therapeutic support.
• Provide early intervention to families as a means of preventing escalation of difficulties.
• Enhance family life of those accessing the service and help improve family relationships

Services Provided

• Individual Therapeutic work with children and link in with their parents/carers about specific issues and problems that may be affecting them e.g. behavioural problems, anger, bullying, parent-child relationship, bereavement and loss, parental separation, worry and anxiety, self confidence and self esteem, witnessing domestic violence.
• Develop and run group activities for children and parents in response to identified needs e.g. Parents – a range of parenting courses. Children – breakfast club, social skills and self esteem groups. Issues including bullying, personal safety, helping children manage negative emotions including stress and anger, are covered in these groups.
• Identify gaps in existing services, and in conjunction with other services, aim to meet the needs in the community e.g. summer programmes for young and vulnerable families.
• Link with services in relation to specific families that need support and create plans of intervention.
• Offer advice and support for any person who has concerns in relation to a child or parenting issues.
• Link children and families in with any relevant support services.

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