ISPCC Childhood Support Service in North Mayo The ISPCC in Mayo is pleased to introduce a new Childhood Support Worker covering the North Mayo area. The ISPCC provides a free, comprehensive, community based one to one support service (including out of hours access) to children and young people who may be experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties. This is provided by professional ISPCC support workers. Children and families come to us with a wide range of issues, they are often in a crisis situation and they are unsure where they can access support. Every child and family is unique and has individual needs; however, common reasons for referral include parental separation, grief and loss, children affected by bullying or a traumatic life change for the family. Our approach Our approach is to build upon individual strengths and acknowledge the central role of children in decision making. The active participation of families is built into each intervention plan ensuring that our work makes a lasting difference in the life of each child we work with. Our intervention plans are tailor-made to suit the needs of each individual child with support sessions available in the home or ISPCC centre during the day or out of hours. How does it work? The service aims to intervene to provide children and young people with the necessary supports to promote psychological resilience and maintain their psychological well being, regardless of social or emotional background. Anyone concerned about a child can make a referral to the service. This includes parents, professionals and young people themselves. Putting young people in control The service is for and owned by children, which means: The child can decide if they want to meet with us The child can talk to an ISPCC worker face-to-face, on the telephone or over the web. The child works with us to put a plan in place which will provide support to them in overcoming difficulties in their life Visits happen weekly and usually last for about 6 months, but this can change to suit the needs of each child. How to access this support If you would like to refer a child or know more about this service please contact the Childhood Support Worker for North Mayo, Laura Cawley at the Mayo office on 09490 25254.