For some young people in our society it is not an option to remain in their family of origin throughout their childhood. A multitude of reasons may lead to the decision that young people have to be cared for outside of their family home. Our out of home care settings aim to offer a closely as possible living experience to a family home situation for young people living there. We are aware that every child and young person has his/ her own family of origin which we cannot replace. Our respect and acceptance of the young person’s family are an important and underpinning value of our work with young people and their families. We are aiming to create an environment in which:
- • Young people are safe and free from harm.
- • Young people are valued as unique human beings.
- • Young peoples' needs are constantly considered and supports developed and provided to meet those needs.
- • Young peoples’ family of origin and other significant others are respected, accepted and encouraged to stay involved as much as appropriate and possible in the young persons’ life.
- • Young people are included and consistently encouraged to participate in important decisions concerning their lives.
Fairview House is located in the picturesque town of Ballina, Co. Tipperary, which is twinned with the town of Killaloe. Fairview House is a large detached two storey building with landscaped gardens and a panoramic view of Lough Derg. Personal living space for young people includes en suite bathrooms. The use of 2 communal living areas and a communal kitchen is also available. Young people are encouraged to add their own personal touch to the warm, homely and friendly environment. Young people can avail of activities within Fairview House and also use the services and resources available in the locality such as gym use, swimming, UL activity centre, equine centres, sports facilities and libraries. Opportunities for mainstream education can be sourced through local primary and secondary schools where relationships are established. The Fairview House team is professionally trained and skilled in their work with vulnerable young people and caters for up to 3 young people of mixed gender aged 13 to 17 years. The young people are provided with a relational offer to engage in learning together through the principles of social pedagogy to better understand and overcome adversities in their daily life.
Shannonview House is located in the picturesque town of Ballina, Co. Tipperary, which is twinned with the town of Killaloe. Shannonview House is a large detached two storey building with landscaped gardens and a BBQ area. Shannonview House benefits from an open plan dining, living and kitchen area on the ground floor, which also consists of a large conservatory overlooking extensive gardens. Access to local amenities is within walking distance. In addition to activities offered within Shannonview House, there is also access to gym, swimming, equine centre, UL activity centre and library within the community. An established relationship with local Primary school and Secondary school allows young people to engage in mainstream education. Young people’s personal living space benefits from en suite bathrooms. Young people are also encouraged to add their own personal touch to this space as well as the warm, homely environment. Shannonview House caters for up to 3 young people of mixed gender between the ages of 13 to 17 years. Shannonview House team is professionally trained and skilled in their work with vulnerable young people. The team establishes and builds on the relationship which is key for the principles of social pedagogy and learning together to allow young people to better understand and overcome adversities in their daily life.
Tus Nua is situated at the foothills of the Stacks Mountains, five miles from the famous Banna Strand and at the gateway to beautiful West and South Kerry. It is a "Shared Living Space" located three miles outside the bustling town Tralee, catering for both girls and boys from the ages of 13 to 17 years of age and living here is for medium to long term duration. The Pedagogues at Tus Nua have a distinctive approach, in that the adults ‘live in’ for five and seven days at a time, the aim of which is to simulate a familial environment and promote attachment and the building of relationships that is central to our Social Pedagogical approach. This dynamic, along the creative, ‘out of the box’ thinking when devising programmes and activities, allows the developmental and therapeutic needs of our young people to be addressed in a meaningful way.
A children’s residential centre located in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary, for young people in need of low occupancy living arrangements. The adults provide an intensive approach which is based on the principles of social pedagogy. Boys and girls aged from 13-17 years and deemed to be in need of either single or dual occupancy can live here for short, medium, or long-term duration.
All referrals for placements are coming through the national placement team of TUSLA Child and Family Agency. Once it has been assessed that a young persons' needs would be best met by living in a shared living space, we will start a process of engagement. During this referral process we aim to have all relevant people who are involved in a young persons' life participating in the decision making in relation to the young person moving into the shared living space setting. This of course includes the young person and their view.