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ISPCC Integration Service, Mosney

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ISPCC Integration Service


The ISPCC Integration Service, supported by The Daffodil Foundation, is a new and developing project which works with families who seek International Protection in Ireland and, as a result, end up living in Direct Provision while their application is being processed. This application can take many months or even years to be fully processed. This creates stress and anxiety for families who are already marginalised and vulnerable.


The service currently supports families residing in an Accommodation Centre, at Mosney, Co. Meath. The overall objective of this service is to support families in successfully integrating into Irish society by promoting empowerment, connection and resilience

The ISPCC Integration Service continues to evolve based on the needs of the community which it serves. This year the programme has been focusing on the following three areas:

The Community Navigator Service

ISPCC Bouncing Forward Resilience Programme

Individual Support Work with Children & Families


The Community Navigator Service

The Community Navigator Service is run by a group of residents currently living in Mosney. The service provides friendly informal supports to families in Mosney seeking integration. The programme is aimed at families initially entering Direct Provision and promotes integration, empowerment and capacity-building at the earliest of stages.

The Community Navigator service was launched at the beginning of February 2020. There are currently seven residents from a diversity of backgrounds volunteering with the service on-site. These ‘Community Navigators’ are both trained and supported by the ISPCC Integration Officer.

The Community Navigators act as a link between residents and services both in Mosney and the wider community by providing up-to-date information on upcoming events, activities and training opportunities, signposting to available support services and offering initial support and guidance to residents in their own cultural language.

By identifying needs and understanding strengths / interests among residents, we hope to support the planning of future integration events.


ISPCC Bouncing Forward Resilience Programme

The ISPCC Bouncing Forward Resilience Programme, created by two ISPCC Resilience Support Workers, has been successfully running in Dublin since 2016.

The overall aim of this group programme is to help children build resilience by increasing their self-esteem and improving their ability to self-regulate their own emotions. The course content covers areas such as self-esteem, expression of feelings and dealing with anger. The programme is aimed at primary school children and their parents.

This year, for the first time, families living in Mosney and families living in the local community have been invited to participate. We hope this programme can also serve as an integration piece and support families living in Direct Provision to make positive connections with the local community.


Individual Support Work with Children & Families

Since January, the ISPCC Integration Officer has been working individually with children, young people and/or their parents through the Child & Family Support Work service. This is a child-centred service, based on a resilience model which provides children, young people and families residing in Mosney with individualised support during difficult times.

Service interventions are based on individual strengths/needs assessments and in partnership with the child, young person and/or parent, intervention plans are developed to meet the specific needs of the family.

Families can self-refer to this service or can be referred by a professional. Some families have also been identified through the Community Navigator Service. Reasons for referring to the service may include; emotional/behavioural difficulties, parenting support, child/parent relationship issues, etc. 

We understand that families residing in Direct Provision face additional stressors due to the often prolonged asylum process, the trauma they may have experienced in their country of origin and/or during the migration process and through separation/loss of family, friends and home.

This services takes all of these factors into consideration when working with a family, whilst also recognising the challenges migrants in Ireland face. By adopting a transcultural lens to practice, we aim to build resilience, promote empowerment and support the successful integration of new families into Irish society.

This service is also suitable for families in need of brief support in terms of; accessing specialist services, advocacy and/or accompaniment.


For further information on any of the services outlined above, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Emma Maguire, ISPCC Integration Officer

Email: [email protected]

To read the ISPCC’s November 2020 Submission to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth on the Government’s White Paper to end the current Direct Provision system, click here.