The Mol an Oige In-Home Family Services Programme, which is delivered in Mayo and Roscommon across a number of child care services, has led to improvements in parenting confidence and skills, child behaviour, family routines, and more generally in family life, according to an evaluation report which was launched at Mayo General Hospital.
Data from parents and young people who used the service also indicates some improvements in school-related issues and community engagement.
The Mol an Oige programme was developed by HSE West Child and Family Services in Mayo and Roscommon in 2007, when this new model for working with children and families was introduced. Known as Mol an Oige (Praise the Youth) this new way of working was modeled on an approach adopted from Boys Town USA.
Pictured above at the launch of the Mol an Oige Evaluation Report in Mayo General Hospital were Community-based Family Support Project workers l-r: Annette Conway, Curam family support worker, Claire Forrestal, Tacu Family Resource Centre, Rionne Kilcullen, Ballina Family Resource centre and Siobhan O’Brien, Westport Family & Resource Centre.
The evaluation, which was carried out by the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, charts the success of the Mol and Oige programme in Mayo and Roscommon.
The findings of this research highlight the strong potential of Mol an Óige In-Home Family Services Programme to meet the needs of children and families who experience difficulties at some stage in their lives.
For staff working with these families, the approach offers a way of meeting service-user needs which is empowering for families, outcome-focused and transparent and accountable for both family and worker.
Liam White, Children Act Services Manager, Child and Family Services, HSE West, said: “The Mol an Oige In-Home Family Services Programme model emphasis is on developing practical skills in families through building relationships, teaching, creating a positive family environment, and promoting self-determination.”
Three distinct parts were adopted from the American organisation; including In-Home Family Services Programme, the Treatment Foster Care Service, and the Common Sense Parenting programme.