Supports/ Programmes Offered
The specific supports we offer to families are as follows:
Tusla has developed the Meitheal approach to help children where they may need the support of more than one service. Meitheal is a case co-ordination process for families with additional needs who require multi-agency intervention but who do not meet the threshold for referral to the Social Work Department under Children First. Practitioners in different agencies can use and lead a Meitheal so that they can communicate and work together more effectively to bring together a range of expertise, knowledge and skills to meet the needs of the child and family within their community.
Sligo Springboard Family Support Service’s Family Support Team are trained Meitheal lead practitioners.
Parent’s Plus programmes support families to communicate effectively, build satisfying relationships and overcome emotional and behavioural problems. These programmes combine a social learning model with a solution-focused preventative framework that encourages and empowers parents and children to ‘take charge’ and make positive changes in their lives.
Our programmes comprise of:
The Early Years Programme for parents of children aged 1 to 6.
The Children’s Programme for parents of children aged 6 to 11.
The Adolescents Programme for parents of adolescents aged 11 to 16.
The Working Things Out Programme targeted at adolescents aged 11-16.
Parenting when Separated Programme is targeted at parents who are preparing for, going through, or have gone through a separation and divorce.
Sligo Springboard Family Support Service have trained facilitators in at least one of these programmes. These programmes are delivered over a number of weeks to families individually or in group settings with another trained facilitator.
Non-Violent Resistance Programme:
The Non-Violent Resistance programme (NVR) is being used across Ireland and further afield to help parents and practitioners to bring an end to child to parent violence. This programme has proven to be very effective in ending child to parent violence in families while building better relationships. The NVR programme supports parents to make fundamental shifts in how they deal with violence, aggression and hostility. The NVR position is a position that is steady, grounded and consistent. It has proven to be effective for many families in ending the cycle of child to parent violence. (www.newauthorityparenting.ie)
Sligo Springboard Family Support Service have trained facilitators in NVR. This programme can be delivered over a number of weeks to families individually or in group settings with another trained facilitator.
One-to-one Interventions – Children and Young People
Family Support Workers/ Project Workers will carry out one-to-one interventions with children and young people based on the needs identified in their referral, and as identified by their parent’s/guardians. Such interventions may include building on self-esteem/confidence, personal safety, anger management and understanding of feelings and emotions and how to display these in a safe manner. Supports are designed to meet the specific needs of each individual.
We work with parents and adults in providing a listening ear and support them in overcoming any difficulties that arise in their daily lives.
As well as supporting parents through the use of Parent’s Plus programmes, the Family Support Workers/ Project Workers will support parents to build on their skills in other areas such as the management of the household and developing routines, budgeting/ money management, and communicating effectively with their children’s other parent. The Family Support Workers/ Project Workers will advocate with other services on the parent’s behalf and provide emotional support, encouragement and reassurance.
Our Drop-In service is available to all members of our community. It provides immediate assistance available to individuals who may be experiencing a family crisis, housing or social welfare issues or require the use of the phone/ computer/ photocopier.