The Social Work Department promotes the welfare and safety of children living in Mayo. We work in partnership with families and communities and offer the following services
Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) are a key structure identified by Government to plan and co-ordinate services for children and young people in every county in Ireland. The overall purpose is to improve outcomes for children and young people through local and national inter-agency working. Mayo CYPSC brings together the main statutory,community and voluntary providers of services to children and young people. We provide a forum for joint planning and co-ordination of activity to ensure that children,young people and their families receive improved and accessible services. Our role is to enhance inter-agency co-operation and to realise the national outcomes set out in Better Outcomes,Brighter Futures: the national policy framework for children and young people 2014 – 2020.
Family Focus Mayo is a family support service offering programmatic interventions to promote better outcomes and brighter future for children and families. A Family Focus Mayo worker will provide support to families at an early stage which may prevent the escalation of problems/difficult situations arising.
Meitheal is a National Practice Model which ensures that the needs and strengths of children and their families are effectively identified,understood and responded to in a timely way so that children and families get the help and support needed to improve children’s outcomes and realise their rights. It is a multi-agency approach that can be used across all child and family services. A number of Meitheal meetings will be held where services that will potentially support a child will be brought together at the parent’s request. The Meitheal group will agree a co-ordinated plan to support the child/young to achieve in all areas of their life. Child and Family Support Networks (CFSN’S) are defined as collaborative networks of community,voluntary and statutory service providers intended to improve access to support services for children and their families
Play Therapy provides a child with an opportunity to ‘play out’ their thoughts,feelings and problems. The Play Therapist works in a systemic and child-centred manner working with children in the context of their family,school and other environments. The Play Therapist works in partnership with other disciplines and agencies.
Early Years Family Support Service is a child centred family support programme that works with families in County Mayo.The Early Years Family Support Project works with families where the child aged between birth and 6 years has an identified child welfare / child protection concern by enhancing the parent child relationship. The Project Workers provides a strengths based programme to support families in their homes and communities to improve outcomes for children. They focus on child development,parenting skills and general family support issues.
The Edge Project is a voluntary Family Support Service that works with a number of young people and their families in Co. Mayo. The target group is 10 – 17 year olds,presenting with challenging behaviour. The Edge Project implements a behaviour model of work which works from a strengths based perspective. It incorporates work with parents to improve their parental skills and works with young people to improve their social skillsReferrals to The Edge Project should focus on the behaviour of the young person where it “poses real and substantial risk to his/her health,safety,development or welfare” (Children Act 2001).