Press Release

Hanafin announces two new Springboard Projects in Dublin

Minister for Children, Mary Hanafin T.D., has today (Tuesday, November 28, 2000) announced the establishment of two new Springboard Projects for Dublin, to help and support local families in difficulty.

“Springboard is a community-based, early intervention initiative. It is specifically focused on supporting families with children who are at risk of going into care, dropping out of school or getting into trouble with the law,” explained Minister Hanafin.

“The two new projects will be based in Loughlinstown and Darndale, and a key element of Springboard is its co-ordinated approach to supporting families in the community, involving relevant state agencies, the voluntary sector and, importantly, the local community,” she added.

“The new project at Loughlinstown, led by the East Coast Area Health Board, will commence early next year,” Minister Hanafin said. “The Darndale project, in the Northern Area Health Board, will be run by the Daughters of Charity and follows extensive local consultation. This project is part of a much wider childcare initiative in the new village centre, and will integrate with the other services,” she added.

Minister Hanafin said that a central part of the Government’s National Children’s Strategy, launched earlier this month, is a renewed emphasis on prevention and early intervention in relation to problems faced by many young people – substance abuse, violence, mental health, teenage suicides, and learning difficulties.

“Too often, we become involved with these children in crisis situations. In the long-term, the most effective approach is to build on the prevention and early intervention services so that these children can be identified early, and a range of family supports provided so that emerging problems are tackled before they escalate.”

In conclusion, Minister Hanafin said she was confident that the new initiatives in Darndale and Loughlinstown will help ensure that these children, their parents and entire families are given the support that they require and fully deserve.

(Minister Hanafin made the announcements at the launch of the Evaluation Report of the Family Group Conference Pilot Project in the ERHA area, at Dublin Castle today.)