Childcare

Why we work with children and women:

How we do it and what we do

We accept referrals from Parents/Guardians, the Child and Family Agency (Tusla), Schools, Community projects, Public Health Nurse and others working with children affected by domestic violence. We will refer onwards in collaboration with a mother to other relevant professional to meet the needs of the child and family.

Our Way of Work

We have a childcare worker who works with children residing in the refuge or on a referral basis. Our childcare worker uses a programme to address the needs of children affected by domestic violence. We can also refer to a play therapist, who works with the children within the refuge if needed. We do this work in collaboration with the parent.

Referrals

Referrals are processed according to the needs of the family and child in question who is affected by Domestic Violence. Referral can be made to the Assistant Manager or Manager. They will make an assessment and accept a referral based on the child and families need and the refuges capacity to work with them and the availability of places.

Consent and confidentiality

Consent is required for children to participate in our domestic violence programmes and to work with our childcare service. This consent is obtained from the parent and child and confidentiality is to be agreed to respect others who are residing in the refuge.

Child Safeguarding

Our organisation believes that the best interests of children and young people attending our services are paramount. Our guiding principles are underpinned by Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children, TUSLA’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and current legislation such as the Children First Act 2015, Child Care Act 1991, Protections for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998 and the National Vetting Bureau Act 2012.

Assessment

We will assess your child’s needs following a referral or contact from the parent and tailor our programme to the child needs of the child, in collaboration with the mother/guardian accordingly. To enquire about support for your child, contact the refuge and speak to the Childcare Worker regarding how we can support you and your children.