Child welfare and protection services (including family support services) that were previously operated by the Health Service Executive have transferred to Tusla, which was established on 1 January 2014.
The HSE may provide social work services for other groups or individuals. Social work services are delivered by teams of social workers, working with individuals and groups experiencing social and emotional difficulties. The aim of social work is to help people achieve change and make decisions which will improve their quality of life. It is also a function of social work to identify options and support steps to advance social policy and service delivery.
Most public hospitals employ social workers whose main task is to help people when they leave the hospital. They may find suitable accommodation for them, help them to find a nursing home place or ensure that the necessary supports are in place if they return home.
The availability of social workers varies considerably from one HSE area to another. Some Local Health Offices employ social workers specifically to cater for the needs of older people.
The Irish Association of Social Workers is the the national body representing social workers. For more information on social work, contact the Assocation at the address below (see 'Where to apply').
You can apply directly to your Local Health Office or
hospital for assistance from a social worker.
Further information on social workers and working as a social worker is available from:
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000. The Phone Service will operate Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm during January 2017. You can also visit your local Citizens Information Centre.