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Information for Families

This section of our website provides general information for families on topics such as Entitlements and Benefits for children with disabilities, and Early Information.  

This information is useful for families whose child has been given a diagnosis, and for those who have a concern about a possible diagnosis of a disability.      
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To find translated versions of our content, click on the links below:    
Gaeilge (Irish)                                                     Finnish (suomeksi)
Français (French)                                               Română (Romanian)
Lietuvių (Lithuanian)                                           Русский (Russian)
Polski (Polish)
Português do Brasil (Brazilian Portuguese)

Information for Professionals

This section provides information that professionals can print for families at the time of diagnosis of a child's additional needs, disability or developmental concern. It also contains helpful information to directly support you in your communication with families.




What's New

Click on the 'What's New' link above to see all of the news stories from the Informing Families Project

National Roll-out of the Informing Families Guidelines


Over the course of 2017, the Informing Families Project - which was developed by the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies - is being supported by the HSE in rolling out an implementation strategy for the National Best Practice Guidelines for Informing Families of their Child’s Disability.

'Informing Families' supports now used in Bulgaria

(25 Jul 2016)

The international use of the materials of the Informing Families Project, and its evidence-based learning on how to communicate with and support families when their child has been diagnosed with a disability, continues to grow. The materials have been used in 32 hospitals in Bulgaria.

April 2017 Update on the Progressing Children and Young People's Disability Services Process

(29 Mar 2016)

The HSE produces a newsletter to talk about latest developments in services for children with disabilities in Ireland. The most recent newsletter, which you can download here, was issued in June 2016.

About our Project

The Informing Families Project developed best practice guidelines for informing families of their child's disability, and supporting families receiving this news. The guidelines were developed through consultation and research with families and professionals. In this section of the website you can: 


Our website has been translated into six languages in collaboration with the HSE Social Inclusion Services.Click on the languages below to find the translated content:
          Français (French)
          Lietuvių (Lithuanian
          Polski (Polish) 
          Português do Brasil (Brazilian Portuguese) 
          Română (Romanian)
          Русский (Russian)



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  • Informing Families Project, National Federation of Voluntary Bodies,  Oranmore Business Park,  Oranmore, Galway
  • Phone: +353 (091) 792316
  • Fax: +353 (091) 792317
  • Email:
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