Our Youth Residential Service, Echlin House, is based in South Circular Road and provides short to medium term residential care for young males between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age, who are experiencing homelessness. It offers accommodation for six young males who may present with high risk behaviours or complex needs. Echlin house is part of the ‘crisis intervention service’ for young people. Young people will be referred by social work teams and allocated a placement through the HSE for short term placements.
Echlin house focuses on providing stability and a space for crisis which can be resolved in a supportive home like environment. The young person is allocated a key working team with two keyworkers and one case manager. They work together to develop a plan that will give them the opportunity to enhance their personal potential through training and education and put supports in place for any issues that need to be addressed. Each young person is encouraged to participate in a day programme, mainstream school, further training, work or volunteering.
Young people utilise external supports such as counselling, substance misuse support, outdoor and physical activities. Full participation in their supports and their placement plans, is strongly encouraged and promoted through participation in their care plan reviews, case conferences and in-house meetings. The care staff team encourage the young people to be empowered and have ownership over their care and support. Timeout is now offered through Crosscare house in Wexford for young people resident in Echlin house. Timeout offers young people, who may be at risk of crisis, the space to take time away from their environment and complete intensive work around any presenting issues.
Tel: (01) 4539008