Where there is concern that a child or young person may have been sexually abused, the social workers in the Child & Family Agency (Tusla) ask us to help find out what has happened, to offer an opinion on what the child says and to outline further plans on how best to support a child or young person and their family. This assessment is separate to any Garda investigation that may be proceeding regarding the sexual abuse concerns.

When the assessment is complete, the conclusions of the assessment are shared with the family and any recommendations are discussed. An assessment report will then be sent to the referring Social Work Department.

What to expect from the assessment process?

What should we expect when attending St. Clare’s for assessment?

St. Clare’s Unit is a safe, child-centred service. We know this can be an anxious time for you and your family. You will receive a letter informing you of your first appointment with us, but if you have questions before this first appointment, please feel free to call us beforehand with any questions or concerns you might have.

What will happen in the first appointment?

How long does the first appointment take?

Will I be able to sit in on my child’s assessment?

How many interviews will the child/young person have to attend?

What happens when the assessment is complete?

Will I be able to sit in on the child/young person's first appointment?