Dóchas Family Centre (North Clondalkin Integrated Family/School Project CLG) is an independent legal entity (No: 200489) and registered charity (CHY: 11976) based in Clondalkin. We were established in 1995 to support vulnerable children & families tackle social inequalities and familial disruption. Dochas Family Centre receives direct and indirect funding from various sources and we also receive funding from the ‘Prevention, Partnership & Family Support’ Programme (TUSLA).

Dochas Family Centre is a trauma-informed, strengths-based project committed to supporting children aged 7-12 years who have social, emotional or behavioural needs and who have experienced adverse childhood experiences (or ACEs).

We provide confidential therapeutic interventions, parenting support, individual and group activities.  Dóchas is committed to working with children and families in the medium-long term to tackle a range of family issues. Children are central to what we do, and we encourage and support their voice in things that affect their lives.

Dóchas Family Centre staff are highly qualified, committed and Garda vetted professionals. Dochas provide a service which empowers and supports children & families establish and achieve their goals.  Using a social ecology (or systems theory) model called ‘My World Triangle’, we  focus on multiple aspects of a child’s life at home, school and in the community.

We transition children into local youth services when it’s safe and appropriate to do so. We link in with a range of agencies and participate in collaborative meetings with partner organisations. On average we work with specific children for between 2-5 years. Dochas is able to work with between 25-30 families depending on the complexity of the case and employs a case work team of four. We provide Family Therapy, 2 days a week and Play or Creative Therapy at certain points throughout the year in addition to the above.

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