About Meitheal

Meitheal is a programme  that when delivered enables the needs and strengths of children and their families to be properly identified and understood.  This will ensure that the proper supports and services are made available to children and families when they are required.

Meitheal is an old Irish term that describes how neighbours would come together to assist in the saving of crops or other tasks.  Meitheal will be used when a family will benefit from more than one type of support, in other words, when a range of skills and approaches would be useful to improve a child’s, and their family’s, wellbeing.  It will enable practitioners in different organisations and agencies to communicate and work together effectively.  It will also result in a more timely response to family needs to prevent problems from getting worse which may require more specialised support from social workers.