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Welcome to Compass Child and Family Services

Compass Child and Family Services is a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) having been granted charity status by the Irish Charities Regulatory Authority. 

The organisation was set up by a multidisciplinary group of professionals with a long standing involvement in working with children, adolescents and their families from disadvantaged backgrounds. The experiences have been gained as well in Ireland working with children and families as in continental Europe and Canada. 

The Aim of our work with families and its individual members is to support and encourage the effective functioning of families.

The Focus of our work lies in family-strengthening interventions, both in community based and out of home settings.

Characteristic of our work is the development and implementation of flexible intervention closely orientated on the needs of the individual person(s) considering their specific needs and resources and within their social context.

Our Philosophy of working with young people and their families has a strong underpinning and is guided by principles of the continental European Model of Social Pedagogy and incorporates those principles on how we engage with young people, families and how our services are delivered. 

Social Pedagogy is based on humanistic values stressing human dignity, mutual respect, trust, unconditional appreciation, and equality. It is underpinned by a fundamental concept of children, young people and adults as equal human beings with rich and extraordinary potential and considers them competent, resourceful and active agents.

Overall, social pedagogy aims to achieve:

  • Holistic education – education of head (cognitive knowledge), heart (emotional and spiritual learning), and hands (practical and physical skills)‏
  • Holistic well-being – strengthening health-sustaining factors and providing support for people to enjoy a long-lasting feeling of happiness
  • Enabling children, young people as well as adults to empower themselves and be self-responsible persons who take responsibility for their society
  • Promoting human welfare and to help prevent or ease social problems


Currently, Compass Child and Family Services operates Services in the Mid West Region of Ireland where the counties Clare, Limerick and Tipperary meet and from Co. Kerry in the South West. Referrals for our services are taken from all TUSLA areas.


Accessing our Services

Young people and families can access our services through a referral by TUSLA Child and Family Agency.   


We are looking forward to hearing from you and will be pleased to discuss your requirements or any further queries with you.

You can use our contact form on this site, email us at: or call us at 085-8001239.  


Compass Child and Family Services CLG, Registered Charity Number (RCN): 20144180, CHY Number: 21990