Prevention Partnership & Family Support

The Tusla PPFS programme is a national initiative which seeks to improve outcomes for children, young people, and families through early intervention & prevention work. The PPFS programme has five main areas of work: Area Based & Meitheal Model; Parenting; Participation; Commissioning; and Public Awareness.

Kerry CYPSC and Tusla PPFS are strategically linked at county level. PPFS has been established as a working group of Kerry CYPSC and is chaired by the Tusla Area Manager for Kerry. This ensures the work of the PPFS working group is aligned with the Kerry CYPSC and its other working groups.

The diagram below illustrates the connectivity between CYPSCs and Tusla Prevention, Partnership and Family Support.

Kerry CYPSC has established a Prevention, Partnership and Family Support Working Group to oversee and support the work of the PPFS department.

Who We Are

Membership of the PPFS Steering Group includes representatives for statutory and voluntary services in County Kerry, including the Child & Family Agency, Child & Family Services, An Garda Síochána, Kerry Education and Training Board, Educational Welfare Service, Kerry Network of Family Resource Centres, North Kerry Child and Family Support Network, Kerry Diocesan Youth Service, and the Young People’s Probation Service.

The Purpose of the Prevention, Partnership & Family Support Working Group

  • Provide advice and help on the development and set-up of the Child and Family Support Networks, i.e. collaboration of agencies who provide services to children, young people, and their families in a geographic area from universal to specialist.
  • Provide support and assistance to ensure the functions of the local area pathways are implemented, i.e. commissioning, roll-out, and application of the national practice model – Meitheal.
  • To enable improved access to support services, appropriate to meet their identified needs for children, young people, and their families at local level.

What We Do

Kerry Child & family Support Networks

The development of Child and Family Support Networks.

Tusla is committed to establishing Child & Family Support Networks at community level as well as implementing the early identification of needs, and practical help-provision tool, Meitheal, to support children and families in need.

Eight Child & Family Support Networks are operating in Kerry –Tralee, Kenmare, Cahersiveen, Castleisland, North Kerry / Listowel, Mid-Kerry Killorglin, West Kerry /Dingle.


Meitheals are a collective, interagency family support intervention which support children, young people, and families.

Meitheals are being offered to children and young people throughout Kerry.

A Meitheal is a voluntary preventative initiative for children and young people who have additional unmet family support needs which are unclear or complex and would benefit from a multi- agency approach.

Lead Practitioner Training

88 Lead Practitioners from a wide range of professions have been trained as Lead Practitioners of the Meitheal process. 21 Chair people of Meitheals have been trained to support the Lead Practitioners if required. Ongoing learning is fostered via the Family Support Worker Networks in Kerry.

It is estimated that just under 400 people have participated in a briefing session to learn more about the Meitheal process.

Parenting Participation Seed Funding

This is a pilot project to hear the parent’s views on the youth organisations they are sending their children to as well as what needs their children have.

TIRC Roma Research Project

Support of the TIRC Research project regarding the family support needs of Roma families living in Kerry.

Addressing Gaps in Service Provision

Through the work of the Child & Family Support Networks, a number of gaps in family supports have been identified and work has been carried out to fill these gaps.

For example: greater access to affordable play therapy, support of greater outreach counselling services, funding support of educational supports for those involved in Meitheals.

Greater understanding of what variety of services are provided in a local area has been very beneficial in the local Child & Family Supports and communication to and from the PPFS Steering group has been vital to the sharing of gaps and availability of resources.

Where can I find out more about PPFS & Meitheals in Kerry?


Ann Moynihan
PPFS Manager, Kerry
Kerry Community Services


Or contact your local Family Resource Centre

Adrigole Family Resource Centre
Address: c/o The Caha Centre, Adrigole Community Hall, Adrigole, Beara, Co. Cork
Tel: 027 60909
Fax: 027 60904
Email: thecahacentre@gmail.comContact: Noreen Murnane
Ballyspillane Family Resource Centre (Killarney)
Address: Ballyspillane, Killarney, Co. KerryTel: 064 6635589
Fax: 064 6623583
Contact: Connie O’Leary
BUDS Family Resource Centre
Address: Benmore, Ballyduff, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Tel: 066 7148883
Contact: Nora Lucid
Castlemaine Family Resource Centre
Address: Castlemaine, Co. Kerry
Tel: 066 9767833
Fax: 066 9767833
Email: cmainefrc@eircom.netContact: Liz Fenton
Duagh Family Resource Centre                    
Address: Duagh Village, Listowel
Tel: (068) 45333
Email: duaghfamilycentre@gmail.comContact: Bernie Broderick
Kenmare Family Resource Centre
Address: Kenmare Family Centre, Railway Rd, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Tel: 064 6642790 or 087 7086641
Contact: Susan O’Shea
Kerryhead/Ballyheigue Family Resource Centre
Address: Sraid Thaidhg, Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry
Tel: 066 7116961
Email: ballyheiguefrc@gmail.comContact: Seamus Falvey
Killorglin Family Resource Centre             Address: 39 Iveragh Park, Killorglin, Co Kerry Tel: 066 9762933
Contact: Margaret Wrenn or Kathleen Morris
Listowel Family Resource Centre
Address: Ballygologue, John B. Keane Road, Listowel, Co. Kerry
Tel: 068 23584
Email: listowelfrc@gmail.comContact: Jackie Landers
Shanakill Family Resource Centre Ltd. (Tralee)    
Address: Shanakill, Monavalley, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Tel: 066 7127831
Fax: 066 7127831
Email: shanakillfrc@eircom.netContact: Bernie O’Carroll
Shannow Family Resource Centre (Abbeydorney)
Address: The Cloisters, Abbeydorney, Kilflynn, Co. Kerry
Tel: 066 7198018
Fax: 066 7193980
Contact: Cathy O’Sullivan
South West Kerry Family Resource Centre
Address: 6 West Main Street, Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry
Tel: 066 9481000
Contact: Nancy Holmes-Smith
St. Brigid’s Community Centre (Tralee)
Address: Hawley Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Tel: 066 7128521
Fax: 066 7128521
Contact: Maureen O’Sullivan
Castleisland Family Resource Centre
Address: Church Street, Castleisland, Co Kerry
Tel: 087 7553066
Contact: Liz Galwey
Dingle: Aiseanna na hÓige Teo
Address: Ard na Gréine, Daingean Uí Chúis, Co. Chiarraí
Tel: 066 9152889
Contact: Elaine Deinum
Tralee: Cumann Iosaef Community Centre
Address: Balloonagh, Tralee, Co Kerry
Tel: 087 6743618
Contact: Sheila Fitzgerald