What is Progressing Disability Services?

Progressing Disability Services (PDS) is a national process to reorganise children’s disability services. This process changes the way young people (aged 0-18 years) and their families access and receive health services. These changes have already happened in other parts of Ireland and are about to happen in Dublin.

At the moment, HSE Disability Teams, as well as other publicly-funded disability (also called voluntary bodies) provide services to children with disabilities living in North Dublin. These services will soon combine their staff to create new teams, so that children will have equal access to supports regardless of where they live or the nature of their disability.

You can find information on the following:


Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People – Conference Report published

The HSE and its voluntary agency partners held a national conference Working Together to Support Children and Young People with Disabilities and their Families hosted by Mary Immaculate College, Limerick in December 2017. The purpose of the conference was to:


  • showcase innovative practice in children’s disability services in line with the Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People Programme
  • promote partnership and collaborative working with families and other services in supporting children with disabilities to achieve best possible outcomes, and
  • celebrate achievements of services whilst recognising the on-going challenges in meeting demand for services.


Following on from the success of the conference, Mary Immaculate College has published a conference report in partnership with the HSE and its funded agencies as an invaluable ongoing resource for all those involved in the field of child disability.

The report records the 10 conference presentations, 11 breakout workshops including delegate feedback, poster abstracts from the event and some examples of current national and international research in this area.

The full report and recording of the conference, along with information about the PDS programme.


How do I get further information?

This is a work in progress. The HSE and disability agencies will be in contact with families when there is more information.

Email: progressingdisabilities.area9@hse.ie

The HSE website includes information about Progressing Disability Services.

Additional questions?

Email: St. Michael’s House directly at progressingdisabilities@smh.ie. Your questions will be answered by a Clinical team member.

Download all St. Michael’s House PDS circulated information :

Our Key Working Children Pilot Model 2018

It is planned that key working will be part of services under the new HSE national programme for children with disabilities (0-18 years) “Progressing Disability Services”. With this in mind St. Michael’s House carried out a review of key working in Children’s Services and obtained feedback from families and staff.

What is Key working?

Key working is a way of engaging with children and families to ensure interactions with services are coordinated, consistent, and effective, and recognizes the individual needs of families.

Download our full report 2018

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Dublin North City and County School Age Disability Team (SADT)

Jamie Crowley (NEW) Ballymun 3Who are we

Our team caters for children who are 5 years to 13 years and 11 months of age and who present with complex needs arising from a disability.

The School Age Disability team aims to enhance each family's capacity to support their child's development and enable their active participation in community life.

What we do

We work together with families on developing shared goals for their child. The team supports children and families access supports and create links within their own community and school

All interventions are aimed at supporting families to help children in their home, school and community life, through an individualised plan developed between the team and the family.

Publication cover - SADT Referral  Intake Form Cover image for SADT Referral Intake Form The team is made up of: Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Speech and Language Therapy, Psychology, Physiotherapy and team coordinator. It is our aim to work with families as a dynamic inter-disciplinary team to specifically address the needs of the child and family.

As a team we may offer supports in a variety of formats depending on the needs and goals identified by the family.

Interventions can include the following :

  • Individualised and routines based home programmes
  • Group therapy sessions
  • Parental education programmes
  • School programmes/input
  • Adapted equipment or tools
  • Guidance and Advise
  • One to one therapy if required.

Referral forms must be signed by parents/ legal guardians

Download SADT Refferal Form here.

More Information

If you require any additional information you can contact

Niamh Gilitinan - Clinical Manager Ballymun Clinic (01) 8840211