Daughters of Charity Child and Family Service


Meeting the needs of families in a constantly changing world


Our Family Centres are situated in the heart of their communities.

We offer a range of therapeutic supportive interventions to children up to the age of 18 years and their parents or carers. Our approach to working with families is needs led, solution focussed and strengths based. 

Our model of service delivery has three aims;

  1. To support children and families develop coping skills and resilience.
  2. To help families to develop social supports within their family and in the local community.
  3. To support the development of attachment and positive relationships.

Work with children and families may include:

  • Parenting  support
  • Individual support
  • Group work 
  • Family work
  • Advocacy 
  • Evidence based programmes

No two families experience challenges in exactly the same way. We know that is easy to feel confused, isolated and helpless when family problems arise.

Our Family Centres are welcoming and non-clinical and our professionally qualified staff work in partnership with parents and referrers to provide interventions that are therapeutic and supportive. Our aim is to provide a flexible service to families to include individual sessions, parenting, family and group work, home visits, outreach and a drop-in facility.

As a professional organisation, we work under best practice guidelines and legislation which strives to protect the rights and welfare of children.

The DoCCFS are committed to research and evaluation of our Services. To achieve this, we need your co-operation and participation. This will help us to improve our services and support the children and families that we work with. You will be asked to complete a detailed questionnaire which will allow us to measure the effectiveness of the work that we do with you.


Evidence based programmes include:

Parenting Programmes

Parent-Child Relationship Programmes

Family Separation using a Co-operative Parenting Programme

Marte Meo - Building and strengthening parent/child communication

Behaviour Management Programmes - Working with parents in building their confidence and competence to manage behaviour


Children’s Programmes 

Bereavement and Loss - Helping families/children to cope and deal with tragic loss

Therapeutic Play - Helping children express themselves through play

Children’s Programmes - Helping children to talk about and find solutions to their worries and fears

Anti-Bullying Programme

Understanding Mental Illness Programme


Training Programme for Schools


Help Stop Bullying Programme was developed in response to a number of referrals relating to bullying. The programme is aimed to be used in a group setting with children aged 8 to 13 years. It can be used as a preventative method and also for children who have experienced bullying. The pack includes a facilitator’s handbook and a workbook and can be purchased on our publications page.


Self Help tools for Parents/Carers

Time Out Relaxation CD for parents and carers helps parents or carers to learn how to relax in order to be more confident and calmer in their daily lives. Its aim is to help you to increase your sense of wellbeing and peace. It can also be used for parent groups. The CD can also be purchased on line. the publications page.



Referrals to our Family Centres in Balbriggan, Cherry Orchard, Darndale, Phibsboro, Santry, Blanchardstown and Jobstown are accepted from parents, GP’s Public Health Nurse’ and Community Services. 

Referral forms can be downloaded, completed and sent to a Family Centre in your area by post or hand delivered. Our Family Centre will process your application and will contact you to inform you when work can begin. Please do not send referral forms by email or fax.

Our Locations

T O REilly Building, Swords Road, Santry, Dublin 9, Ireland