The Cottage Home Child and Family Services are managed by a Director of Services who is accountable to a voluntary Board of Management. There are two Residential Services, one in south County Dublin and one in north Wicklow, and a Family Support Service in south County Dublin.
Each Residential Service has a Manager, eight Care Staff and a panel of Relief Care Staff. Each Service offers residential care to five young people, both male and female. The Family Support Service has a Project Leader, four Project Workers and an Administrator/Receptionist. All Staff employed by the Cottage Home Child and Family Services hold a professional qualification relevant to the Services.
What is Residential Care?
Residential care is for young people aged between twelve and eighteen years who cannot reside at home for periods of time and who are cared for by professional, qualified care staff in a house in the community. These young people are referred to the service by a Social Worker who will also be working with the family. The young people continue to attend school or FAS or other educational programmes and are encouraged to continue with their leisure interests such as sports, drama, music, etc., in their own home area where possible.
The support we provide to a young person during their period in care is determined by both their own and their families needs. It is underpinned by a Care Plan devised and completed by a Social Work team in conjunction with the family, the young person, the care team and any other interested professional parties involved in the young person’s life. From this Care Plan, a Placement Plan is designed to monitor their needs and to ensure that all areas of need are being addressed.
What is Family Support?
Family Support has been defined as “both a style of work and a set of activities; which reinforce positive informal social networks through integrated programmes; combining statutory, voluntary, community and private services, primarily focused on early intervention across a range of levels and needs with the aim of promoting and protecting the health, well-being and rights of all children, young people and their families in their own homes and communities, with particular attention to those who are vulnerable or at risk”. (DOHC, 2004)