Tusla – Child and Family Agency, Social Work Department

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Markievicz House, Barrack Street,,
General Details
Contact position: Principal Social Worker
Service / Organisation: Tusla Child and Family Agency
071 9155133
Description of main activities / services for children and families:

Tusla-Child and Family Agency Social Work department caters for families and children where allegations of abuse and neglect have been made.


Tusla - Child and Family Agency Social Work department caters for families and children where allegations of abuse and neglect have been made. The main task is to safeguard and protect children believed to be at risk of abuse and neglect. The service targets families and children only in level 3 to 4 of the Hardiker Model.

Service Areas
Service Areas:
  • Sligo town and environs
  • Sligo - north
  • Sligo - south, east and west
  • Leitrim - Carrick-on-Shannon and environs
  • Leitrim - south
  • Leitrim - north

The Agency covers County Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan.

Where service is provided
Where service is provided:
  • Service provided at above address
  • Service provided at various locations throughout the area covered
  • Service provided in person's own home

Social Workers are based in three locations: Markievicz House, Sligo; Teach Laighne, Tubbercurry; The Health Centre, Carrick on Shannon. Social Workers can meet service users in local Health Centres or service users' homes.

Cost of service to user
Cost of service to user:
  • Free
How to access the service
How to access the service (referral pathways):
  • People can self-refer / access the service directly (without the need for a referral)
  • Parents / guardians can refer
  • Through GP
  • Through schools
  • Through Tusla Child and Family Social Workers
  • Through other Tusla services (e.g. Education Welfare Service)
  • Through HSE services
  • Through other statutory services
  • Through other community / voluntary service
Notes on referrals to the service:

Referrals to Social Work should be made on standard notification forms or a person self-refer.

Parental permission needed
Do young people need parental permission to use your service?:
  • Under-16s need parental permission

When a child is abused/neglected the child can refer in person to Social Work Service. The case will be considered dependent on circumstances and Social Work Thresholds.

Age-range catered for
Age-range catered for:
  • Pre-birth
  • Early years (0-4 years)
  • Primary school age (4-12 years approx.)
  • Post-primary school age (13-18 years approx.)
  • Young adults (18-24 years)
Brief Intervention
Do you specialise in any particular issue(s)?:

Child protection and welfare and disclosure work

Are counselling services regularly supervised? If so, please state what these arrangements are.:

Ongoing supervision

What, if any, regulatory bodies are counsellors members of?:

Social workers are registered by CORU


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Services must:

  • Be based in Sligo / Leitrim or provide a service to children, young people or families (0 to 24 years of age, plus pre-birth services) in Sligo / Leitrim
  • Be a state supported or not for profit service or agency
  • Be non-political and non-commercial

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