& Meitheal (Prevention, Partnership & Family Support & Meitheal Project) is CDYS’s newest project which started in March of 2020. This small project currently consists of 3 staff members. The aim of the project is to use Meitheal approach to help children where they may need the support of more than one service and also to provide family support. This is a voluntary service and the main focus of this service is on early intervention aiming to promote and protect the health, well-being and rights of all children, young people and their families.
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 on 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. Meitheal is an early intervention, multi-agency (when necessary) response tailored to the needs of an individual child or young person.
Children and families are most likely to do well if they are provided with appropriate support in a timely fashion that is coordinated, and there is good communication and partnership working between professionals. Supporting families and keeping children safe is everyone’s business. Families should experience services as easily accessible and integrated at the front line in their own communities.
This is a Tusla funded project and all Meitheal requests can be sent to your areas Senior Child & Family Support Network Coordinator.
We currently have 2 staff members who cover the North Cork Area and 1 Staff member based in the Macroom Area.
If you would like further information on this CDYS project please contact Vicci O’Brien on 086 8065863.