Family Centre Services


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

Our Family Centres 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, strengths based and solution focussed.


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.


Our work with children and families may include:

  • Parenting  support

  • Individual support

  • Group work 

  • Family work

  • Advocacy 

  • Evidence based programmes


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 free of charge flexible service to families to include individual sessions, parenting, family and group work, home visits, outreach and a drop-in facility.


Famililes can self refer to Family Centres, we also accept referrals from GP's, Health Services, An Garda Síochana, Courts, CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services), Schools etc.

See our Family Centre Leaflet here for more information. On our Contact Us page, find a Centre near you from the list and contact us for more details. You can download a Referral Form here.


Assessment Services


We work in partnership with Tusla in carrying out assessments with families. Our Assessment Centres provide Intitial Assessments to familes referred by TUSLA Social Work Departments Dublin North and Dublin North City.


Our Assessment Centres in Kilbarrack and Santry are specialist Assessment teams who only accept referrals from TUSLA Social Work Departments.


Our staff undertake Initial Assessments with families using Signs of Safety model, on behalf of TUSLA Social Work Department. The SOS model of work is a strengths based approach and is designed to enable us to carry out child protection work with a rigorous focus on child safety  and in partnership with children, families and their wider networks of support.

Dublin Safer Families Service


Dublin Safer Families Service is a Gender, Sexual and Domestic Abuse Service that work with parents and children to increase family safety in order to prevent and stop domestic abuse.  One of the primary focuses is to increase safety in the family for the children. This Service aims to work specifically with families where domestic abuse has created difficulties or is currently a concern.

The definition of domestic violence, as it is described in Children’s First Act 2015, is derived from the Report of the Task Force on Violence Against Women 1997, as follows:

‘The use of physical or emotional force or the threat of physical force, including sexual violence in close adult relationships. It can also involve emotional abuse; the destruction of property, isolation from friends, family & other potential sources of support; threats to others including children; stalking; & control over access to money, personal items, food, transportation & the telephone’

It is this definition that Dublin Safer Families Service believes describes most clearly, the elements of an abusive relationship and takes into consideration the involvement of, and impact on, children within this context.

Dublin Safer Families Service adopted a systemic model of working with domestic abuse. This model of working includes all members of a family that have experienced domestic abuse, and acknowledges the importance and impact that relationships between family members have on each individual member.

Dublin Safer Families Service work separately with the identified victim, children and perpetrator, offering individual sessions to explore and work through their experience of violence within their relationships, offering both a listening and reflecting space. There is also the possibility, when safety for all has been established, to engage in joint sessions with family members.

Dublin Safer Families Service focuses on the problem of violence and abuse from the perspectives of all participants and it is holistic, multi-dimensional, multi-perspective and reflective.  This systemic model explores risk, responsibility and works collaboratively with both clients and referrers. Referrals to this service are made directly by Social Work Department or Probation Services.

See our Dublin Safer Families Service leaflet here. See our Legal Booklet here, for information and explanations on court proceedings. 

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Coercive Control

The offence of Coercive Control has been added to the Domestic Violence Act, 2018. According to Section 39 (1) a person commits an offence where he or she knowingly and persistently engages in behaviour that –

a) Is controlling or coercive, b) Has a serious effect on a relevant person, and c) A reasonable person would consider likely to have a serious effect on a relevant person.

Section 39 (2) states that a person’s behaviour has a serious effect on a relevant person if the behaviour causes the relevant person – a) To fear that violence will be used against him/her, or b) Serious alarm or distress that has a substantial adverse impact on his/her usual day to day activities.

A person is a “relevant person” in respect of another person if she or he: a) Is the spouse or civil partner of that other person, or b) Is not the spouse or civil partner of that other person and is not related to that other person within a prohibited degree of relationship but is or was in an intimate relationship with that other person.

An offence of Coercive Control is an arrestable offence, liable on conviction to a fine or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 5 years. An investigation into Coercive Control must result in a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.


Definition of Coercive Control

Coercive control is an act or pattern of acts of assaults, threats, humiliation and

intimidation, or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten a victim.

Coercive control is at the heart of domestic violence/abuse. It is a deliberate and

calculated pattern of behaviour and psychological abuse designed to isolate,

manipulate, punish and degrade a victim into complete fearful obedience.

Coercive control is a ‘liberty crime’ and is used to ‘sabotage’ the victim’s life'.

It does not relate to a single incident; it is a purposeful pattern of behaviour

which takes place over time in order for one individual to exert power, control or

coercion over another. (Stark, E. 2007).


Victims of Coercive Control are advised to access support services in order to assist in risk identifying, risk assessing, risk managing and Safety Planning.

Early Childhood Development Service (ECDS)


Our dedicated preschools provide early childhood care and education to children between two and six years. Our ECDS also provides support to parents and carers.


We have six Early Childhood Development Service (ECDS) centres located in Ballyfermot, South West inner City, Inchicore, North Strand and County Meath.   


Our centre in Mosney County Meath works with children whose parents are asylum seekers and refugees. Early education is the first and most important step toward a successful, self-sufficient future for the children in our community. The focus of the work is to promote confident, social and inquisitive children in interacting with and exploring the environment and their world. School readiness is a strong indicator of long term learning success and our aim is to work with children and parents so that the child can begin school happy and confident having experienced a positive preschool environment. Children attending are provided with opportunities to express themselves through the media of play in a learning atmosphere of tolerance, respect and fun.


Child development is supported in numerous ways. Our Centres follow a  HighScope curriculum within the Aistear framework and are Siolta accredited (the national quality framework for early years services). Our professionally trained staff use Child Observational Records which support the child’s development in confidence, competence and creativity throughout his or her placement. These assessments provide ongoing observation in developmental areas such as movement and music, maths and science, language and communication. Child development assessments lead to early detection of additional needs and appropriate plans for intervention and support for the child are made through onward referrals to appropriate services when required such as Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Assessment of need, etc.  


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


Parents are supported and included through the provision of parenting programmes, educational talks, Parents Advisory Committees, family fun days, sports days and open days. Children attending our Centres receive a range of nutritionally healthy snacks throughout the day

See our ECDS leaflet here for more information. Find a Pre- School near you and contact us directly to get information on place allocations for your child. 

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St. Louise’s ECDS 
1 Catherines Court, North William Street, Dublin 1. 
Ph: 01 8554035

M: 086 0353835


Manager: Louise Gillick  

St. Vincent’s ECDS  
Ballyfermot Primary & Mental Health Care Campus,

Ballyfermot Road, Dublin 10.

Ph: 01 626 8545 
Manager: Dorothy Duffy 

Goldenbridge ECDS  
Off Emmet Cresent,

Inchicore, Dublin 8. 
Ph:  01 453 7025 
Manager: Paula Roantree 

Tír na nÓg ECDS 
Cameron Hall, Cameron St. (off Cork St.), Dublin 8. 
Ph:  01 453 7840 
Manager: Pamela Wolfe 

Mabuhay ECDS  
Mosney Accommodation Centre, Laytown,

County Meath. 
Ph:  041 981 1234 
Manager: Liz Manville

St. Josephs ECDS

Morningstar Road,


Dublin 8.

Ph 01 4537891

Manager: Margaret Doyle



Our staff are professional trained and regularly engage in ongoing professional development such as:

•    Brief Solution Focused Therapy

•    Marte Meo

•    Play therapies

•    Child Protection procedures.

•    ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)


Our staff contribute to a wide variety of groups and networks including:

•    At Risk Teenage groups

•    SIATT and NIAP (for perpetrators of sexual abuse)

•    Wellness groups

•    Traveller Counselling Service

•    Youth Wellbeing Groups

•    Strengthening Families group

•    Homelessness Initiative

•    Family Support Network

•    Help Stop Bullying


Staff training programmes also include counselling, psychotherapy, supervision, self harm (SPACE programme), Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Incredible Years, Working with Conflict, Family therapy, Hanen programme, Globe Capacity and Cultural Awareness.


How to Refer

Referrals to Family Centres

Our Family Centres take referrals directly from families. Professional services e.g. Health Nurse, GP, Hospitals, Schools, Community Groups etc. can refer on behalf of a family.

Our Family Centre Service is free of charge.

Find a Family Centre near you from the list underneath, download and complete and sign the Referral Form and email it back to the Centre or you can drop it directly into the Centre.

Referrals to Assessment Services

Our Assessment Centres in Kilbarrack and Santry only take referrals directly from Tusla Social Work Department.

Referrals to Dublin Safer Families Service

Our Dublin Safer Families Service in Santry only take referrals directly from Tusla Social Work Departments in Dublin North/ Dublin North City and Probation Services in Dublin North.

Referrals to Early Childhood Development Services

Our ECDS Centres take referrals directly from families. Professional services e.g. Health Nurse, GP, Hospitals, Schools, Community Groups etc. can refer on behalf of a family. Places are allocated to children by a selection committee made up by a number of professionals.

Fees vary per Centre.


Find an ECDS Centre near you from the list below, download, the Application Form here, complete and sign it and drop it into your nearest Centre.

Centre Contact Information

Family Centres


Aistear Beo


1st Floor, Commercial House,

West End Village,

Blanchardstown, D15. D15 XY0F

M: 086 0353827


Manager: Avryll de Burca


Arklow Springboard

27 Ferrybank


Co. Wicklow. Y14 H025

M: 086 0353846


Manager: Martina Deasy



Unit 7, Level 1,

Millfield Shopping Centre,

Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. K32 PK51

M: 086 0353843


Acting Manager: Thomas Matthews


Cherry Orchard

Cherry Orchard Avenue,

Ballyfermot, D10. AA25

M: 086 0353861


Manager: Karin Davy


Connaught Street FC

*Satellite office - contact should be made through Aistear Beo

85 Connaught Street,

Phibsboro, D7. D07 AX25


Manager: Avryll de Burca

Dublin Safer Families Service

Claidhe Mór

Swords Road

Santry, Dublin 9. D09 NY65

M: 086 1428816

Email: None

Manager: Margaret Joyce


Lisdeel Family Centre

Lisdeel House,

Swords Road,

Santry, D9. D09 T2F2

M: 086 0353859


Manager: Cliodhna O’Sullivan

Lisdeel Assessment Centre

Lisdeel House,

Swords Road,

Santry, D9. D09 T2F2

M: 086 0353836  


Manager: Catherine Sheerin



Mary Mercer Centre

Fortunestown Road,

Tallaght, D24. D24 K854

M: 086 0353818


Acting Manager: Laura Murphy


St. Benedict’s Assessment Centre

Resource Centre,

Swansnest Road,

Kilbarrack, D5.

M: 086 0353821 or 086 0353822 


Acting Manager: Pamela Caffrey


Turas / Springboard

Our Lady Immaculate School,

Darndale, D17. D17 WT02

M: 086 0353810


Manager: Carol Hamilton

Early Childhood Development Service (ECDS)


Goldenbridge ECDS

Off Emmet Crescent,

Inchicore, D8 D08 X985

M: 086 142 7174

Manager: Paula Roantree

Mabuhay ECDS

Mosney Accommodation Centre

Laytown, Co. Meath. A92 ED6V

M: 086 0487459

Manager: Liz O’Reilly

St. Louise’s ECDS

1 Catherines Court, William St. North, D1.  D01 W9H2

Ph: 01 8554035

M: 086 0353835

Manager: Louise Gillick

St Vincent’s ECDS

Ballyfermot Primary & Mental Health Care Campus,

Ballyfermot Road (Opp. Lidl), D10. D10 C973

M: 086 0487457

Manager: Dorothy Duffy

Tír na nÓg ECDS

Cameron Hall, Cameron St. (off Cork St.), Dublin 8. D08 NVX0

M: 086 1427175

Manager: Pamela Wolfe

St. Joseph’s Day Nursery ECDS

Morning Star Road, Maryland, Dublin 8. D08 YD63

M: 086 9795541

Manager: Margaret Doyle


Management Office

Daughters of Charity Child & Family Service

First Floor Swords Road,

Santry, Dublin 9. D09 VF9F

M: 086 0353831

Email: General Queries

HR Queries:



Tracey Monson - Chief Executive Officer

Senior Management Team


Geraldine O’Hara - Senior Manager


Paul Craven - Senior Manager

Alan Corcoran - HR Manager

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