Daughters of Charity Assessment Centre

The Family Centres are situated in the heart of their communities. Just like the assessment centre based here in St. Benedicts Resource centre.

The Family Centres offer a range of therapeutic supportive interventions to children up to the age of 18 years and their parents or carers. Their approach to working with families is needs-led, strengths-based and solution-focused.

Families can self-refer to Family Centres, they also accept referrals from GPs, Health Services, An Garda Síochana, Courts, CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services), Schools etc. This is a great service and we are honoured to be home for such a vital service.


The model of service delivery has three aims:

  1. To support children and families develop coping skills and resilience.
  2. To help families to develop social supports within their family and in the local community.
  3. To support the development of attachment and positive relationships.


Their work with children and families may include:

• Parenting support
• Individual support
• Group work
• Family work
• Advocacy
• Evidence-based programmes


The Family Centres are welcoming and non-clinical and our professionally qualified staff work in partnership with parents and referrers to provide interventions that are therapeutic and supportive.

The aim is to provide free-of-charge flexible service to families to include individual sessions, parenting, family and group work, home visits, outreach and a drop-in facility.

Staff & Contact

The staff are professional trained and regularly engage in ongoing professional development such as:

• Brief Solution Focused Therapy
• Marte Meo
• Play Therapies
• Child Protection procedures.
• ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

The staff contribute to a wide variety of groups and networks including:
• At Risk Teenage groups
• SIATT and NIAP (for perpetrators of sexual abuse)
• Wellness groups
• Traveller Counselling Service
• Youth Wellbeing Groups
• Strengthening Families group
• Homelessness Initiative
• Family Support Network
• Help Stop Bullying

Staff training programmes also include counselling, psychotherapy, supervision, self-harm (SPACE programme), Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Incredible Years, Working with Conflict, Family therapy, Hanen programme, Globe Capacity and Cultural Awareness.


St. Benedict’s Assessment Centre
Resource Centre,
Swansnest Road,
Kilbarrack, D5. D05 V1F6
Tel: 086 0353821 or 086 0353822
Email: stbenedicts@docharity.ie
Manager: Pamela Caffrey