What We Do
The Child & Family Service
The Child & Family Service offers a range of programmes and interventions through intensive work with children and with parents, joint parent and child work, sibling work and group work. The Service targets the most disadvantaged and vulnerable families in the catchment area, and focuses on improving children’s experiences of childhood, parenting skills and child parent relationships. The range of programmes and services delivered through the Child and Family Service are outlined below.
The Community Social Work and Family Support Service
The Community Social Work and Family Support Service consists of professionally qualified social workers and family support workers. who work to support families to build stronger relationships, develop their parenting and communication skills and address a range of challenges that the family may be facing. This work is done through home visits, centre-based work and phone contact. Targeted group interventions and workshops are also facilitated.
The Community Social Workers also act as LSSC’s Designated Liaison Persons, and, in this role, they provide support across the organisation in ensuring that every staff members understands their role under Children First and that we work together as an organisation to ensure the safety of children.
The Teen Parent Support Programme
The Teen Parents Support Programme Limerick is delivered through group peer support, one-to-one support and advocacy support. It offers information on a range of issues such as ante-natal and post-natal care, health, child development, accommodation, childcare, welfare rights and entitlements, education and training.
Support is offered in all areas of the young person’s life – parenting, health, relationships, education, training, childcare, accommodation, social welfare entitlements, legal issues and anything else about which the young person is concerned.
The Community Mothers Programme
The Community Mothers Programme is a home visiting service aimed to assist and empower new mothers in their role as parents.
The Relationships & Sexual Health Programme
The Relationships & Sexual Health Programme aims to increase parental capacity to communicate with their teenage children in the area of relationships and sexual health, and to develop parents’ skills on conflict management and self-care.
The Traveller Health Advocacy Programme
The Traveller Health Advocacy Programme aims to improve the health status of Travellers in Limerick City.
The Family Advocacy Service
The Family Advocacy Service is a confidential and independent service for parents in Limerick who have children who are either in care or in the process of being placed in the care of the State.
The Family Welfare Conference Service
The Family Welfare Conference Service (FWC) is a specialised service that supports family members to participate in the FWC process and plans for their children.
The Supervised Access Service
The Supervised Access Service supports children in care to have contact with their parents, siblings and other family members.
Specific Groupwork: A range of groupwork are facilitated through the above services including The Incredible Years Programme; The Start Right Programme; Parent & Toddler Groups; The Parent Summer Support Group; Ante Natal Classes at Clinics; Baby Massage Programmes; Baby Weaning Programmes; Sexual Health & Education Programmes; The City Slickers Programme; The Family Advocacy Support Group.