Smyly Trust Services - Glensilva

By: Smyly Trust  05/12/2011
Keywords: Health Service Executive, Social Workers, Social Worker

Glensilva is a medium to long-term residential centre catering for boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 years (younger children can be considered in certain circumstances). We provide a caring and stable structure which can address the past hurts and present difficulties of children coming into care need. While Glensilva is mainstream residential service we provide a therapeutic model of care within a therapeutic community approach, aimed at meeting the emotional and developmental needs of each child.

Each resident is assigned a Key Worker who has special responsibilities regarding the child’s needs and planning for their future. Key work relationships and the purposeful use of the group experience are central to the social and emotional development of residents and are the basis for the therapeutic work with the children and young people.

Regular review meetings with the Health Service Executive monitor the progress of residents and provide a forum for decision-making. Families are included as much as possible and encouraged to participate in the care-plan for their child.

A Placement Plan is developed for each resident which identifies their needs and promotes individual growth and group living skills. These plans are made in agreement with the young person, social worker, staff team and family, during referral / admission and at review meetings.

Each resident is encouraged and assisted in their educational / training pursuits and the development of skills and interests. Family contact is encouraged and nurtured and family members are included in planning for their child.


We accept referrals for boys and girls from Social Workers in H.S.E. areas 1, 2 and 10. The age range for referrals is 12 to 15 years, with younger children considered in certain circumstances.

Admission Procedure

Our admission procedure consists of a four to six week consultation process to determine the suitability of the placement taking into consideration the child / young person’s needs, the needs of current residents and our own resources. This is determined through careful planning and preparation to minimise the child / young person’s anxieties, assess their needs and ensure that the child / young person is supported in having a full input into the process.

The admission procedure involves meetings with the child / young person and his family, his Social Worker, the Centre Manager, key worker and staff team. This is done through a number of meetings, day visits, overnights both weekday and weekends and a final week of five consecutive overnights. The child / young person and Social Worker are given a programme of all overnights, visits, meetings and an admission date.

On completion of a successful admission procedure, an outline Placement Plan is drawn up and agreed and a placement is offered to the child / young person.

Keywords: Health Service Executive, Social Worker, Social Workers, Trust Services