Family Support Programme provides support of 10 hours a week for 6 months to families in need of time-limited, focused support. The clients are the parents/carers and we work with them around reducing risk to children in the home, improved parenting skills and achieving their goals. YAP Team Leaders meet with the family to identify their needs and the supports that YAP can offer.

An individual service plan indicates specific goals for each family to guide their time on the programme. Some of these goals include supporting the family with parenting, establishing school and household routines, budgeting, creating order and structure in the daily routine and a listening ear. Parents have the opportunity to attend YAP parents groups around the country where they meet other parents with whom they share their story and engage in fun activities.  Parents often report they don’t feel so alone after they have attended the groups.

Since myself and my kids were introduced to YAP I honestly don’t know where I’d be without their support throughout the year. From day one they showed support and understanding without judging. I always knew where I stood with them. I think YAP is a great support for Families, without their support I don’t know where I would be. I would like to thank YAP especially Geraldine and Áine for all their great help and for putting up with us.

YAP Mother


The training and experience gained by Advocates through employment with YAP Ireland has long-term beneficial outcomes for you and your communities.