Who Are We?
- The Naas Child and Family Project is part of Kildare Youth Services and in partnership with the HSE is providing a community based Family Support Service to parents and children in Naas since 1999.
- The project works in a holistic way to strengthen family relationships and well-being. NCFP promotes a more equal and inclusive society in partnership with children and families, the local community and other agencies.
- Children are supported to reach their potential and to value themselves within their own families and communities. Parents are essential in making this happen for their children.
range of therapeutic and community supports are offered to parents to support
them in all aspects of their parenting.
Naas Child and Family Project focuses on improving the overall quality of life
of parents and children.
can be made by families themselves or an agency can refer on their behalf i.e.
G.Ps, Public Health Nurses, Schools etc
Who is the service
Naas Child and Family Project provides a free service to families who live in
Naas town, Sallins village and Johnstown village and / or to children and their
families who attend Naas Schools who may have needs in one or more of the
issues that may impact on family life and the welfare of children
offer a number of Therapeutic supports which include:
families and referrers on the referral process
Referral Committee will manage the referrals of families to the project.
Referral Committee includes the Principal Social Worker of the HSE, a School Principal and the Project Leader. They will meet at least five times a year and
when need determines.
referrals to the project must be in writing and a project referral form must be
completed. When completing the referral
form please give details of all children in the family, not just the referred
child. Please ensure that all contact
details are provided and that correct and up to date phone numbers are written
clearly on the referral form under section 2 (family details).
referral form must be signed by the referring agent and by the family being
referred. In line with best practice we
would encourage referring agents to complete the referral form together with
the family being referred.
the event that a family is self-referring to the project they can complete a
referral form. If the family requires
help in completing the form they can arrange to meet the Project Leader who
will assist them in completing the form.
Please phone 045-898623 for an appointment.
information about the family is required from the referring agent or family in
order to make an informed decision as to the suitability of the referral. Please answer all questions and give as much
information as possible about the reasons for referring.
possible it is important to get both parents and or guardians / carers to sign
the referral form. In the event of both
parents having joint custody, both parents must sign the form.
the form has been completed please send it to the Project Leader.
Project Leader presents the referral to the referral committee.
referral committee will discuss the referral and agree if it is suitable for
the referral is accepted both the referring agent and the family will be notified
in writing by the Project Leader of the decision. The family will be placed on the Links Team
and will receive a minimum of monthly contact from the Links Worker while
awaiting full allocation.
the referral not be considered, some recommendations may be made by the referral
committee to refer the family on to another service.
information may be requested from referring agents in the unlikely event that a
referral form does not provide adequate information.
son arrived to NCFP a very anxious and shy boy with low self-esteem. Since
leaving NCFP I now have a very different child. He is more outgoing. He
discusses his problems with his parents. He is getting along much better with
his siblings, especially his older brother who he had problems with before. In
summary I have a different child in my house and in school and more importantly
a much happier child and I have NCFP to thank for that.”
think NCFP is doing a brilliant job and should be advertised more to let
parents know that they are not alone when dealing with family issues.”
wish to state that the staff of NCFP has been committed, helpful, professional
and very caring while working us through our family problems. It has resulted
in real change for the better in our family life. We were introduced to other
agencies who all tried to help our situation but NCFP made a real difference
and it was the only agency that cared enough and gave us the time we needed to
advance us to a much better family life.”
worked side by side with me and didn’t judge me”
NCFP service is very good and important in the community. We didn’t know what
to do until we met with our NCFP worker. All information she provided to us was
helpful and we are much more confident as parents now.”
- “The one to one home visits
were a great support. The qualities of listening and empathy were very
strong from the Project Worker. “
- “I was able to move from a
place where I considered my children to be the problem to realising that I
was also part of the problem and therefore part of the solution.”
- “I was always amazed at the
amount of preparation work that the Project Worker did before meeting with
me. Her attention to detail was great. It really made me feel important.
Her written notes and articles were very useful”.
- “Simple strategies helped
to address complex issues”.
- “I will contact the project
for advice in the future if I need to………hopefully I won’t have to”.
- “Our project Worker guided
us gently to solving our own problems when we didn’t think we had the
- “We learnt something new at
every session and achieved something, even small things”.
- “As a man I found the use
of family mapping and family genograms particularly helpful. It was good to visually see the patterns
in my own family and to acknowledge what needed to change in my own
parenting style. There was great learning in this for me”.
- “They worked side by side
with me. They never judged me and gave me so much support.”
- “At no time did I ever feel
that my opinion or view didn’t matter. It was a joint effort and I was
given the help and tools to be a better parent.”
- “You gave me strength when
all I could see were my weaknesses. You helped me more than you could ever
know. I thank God for sending you my way.”
Child and Family Project
39 First Floor
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