Tusla – Child and Family Agency

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Shiel House, College St., Ballyshannon,,
Co. Donegal
General Details
Contact position: Area Manager
Service / Organisation: Tusla
Description of main activities / services for children and families:

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, provides a range of universal and targeted services for children, young people and families, including:

Child protection and welfare services
Educational Welfare Services
Psychological Services
Alternative care
Family and Locally-based Community Supports
Early Years Services
Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Services


Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, provides a range of universal and targeted services for children, young people and families, including:

Under the Child and Family Act, 2013 the Child and Family Agency is charged with:

  • supporting and promoting the development, welfare and protection of children, and the effective functioning of families;
  • offering care and protection for children in circumstances where their parents have not been able to, or are unlikely to, provide the care that a child needs. In order to discharge these responsibilities, the Agency is required to maintain and develop the services needed in order to deliver these supports to children and families, and provide certain services for the psychological welfare of children and their families;
  • responsibility for ensuring that every child in the State attends school or otherwise receives an education, and for providing education welfare services to support and monitor children’s attendance, participation and retention in education;
  • ensuring that the best interests of the child guides all decisions affecting individual children;
  • consulting children and families so that they help to shape the agency’s policies and services;
  • strengthening interagency co-operation to ensure seamless services responsive to needs;
  • undertaking research relating to its functions, and providing information and advice to the Minister regarding those functions; and
  • commissioning services relating to the provision of child and family services
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
Where service is provided
Where service is provided:
  • Service provided at various locations throughout the area covered
Cost of service to user
Cost of service to user:
  • Free

Some small costs may apply.

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:

Please see Tusla website (www.tusla.ie) for addresses and contact details for offices in the region.

Parental permission needed

Young people can self-refer if they consider themselves to be at risk or require support in respect of the care that they receive.

Age-range catered for
Age-range catered for:
  • 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)

Young adults refers to those who are leaving care or who may require targeted support in caring for their child / children.


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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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