St Vincent's Hospital, FairviewOutpatient Services

Child & Adolescent Service (St Joseph’s)

Overview

St. Joseph’s Adolescent and Family Service is run under the auspices of St. Vincent’s Hospital, Fairview. It is an acute adolescent day hospital service and is unique in the Irish context that it is the only dedicated day service working with the age band of 13 to 18 years.

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The service opened in 1988 and developed and expanded over the years into its current position. The service is administered by St. Vincent’s Hospital, Fairview and has formal links with the Mater Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

St. Joseph’s is a tertiary service and accepts young people with significant mental health needs who require a level of therapeutic intervention that cannot be provided by community mental health services (child or adult). The catchment area covers North City and County Dublin, Areas 6, 7, and 8. Referrals are occasionally accepted outside of this catchment area.

St. Joseph’s provides specialised interventions delivered by multidisciplinary staff to young people with complex problems. Referrals are accepted from secondary services such as Child or Adult Mental Health Services. The referral criteria for access to our service includes the need for higher levels of care management and staff expertise as well as more detailed specialised assessment and treatment.

Our multidisciplinary team consists of Psychiatry, Psychology, Nursing, Speech & Language and Education personnel. Continuation of a young person’s education is considered paramount to their ongoing development and this is facilitated by an on site school, offering educational programmes which run concurrent to the therapeutic engagement of the young person.