Extern Janus Programme

Service Details

Target Age

  • 0 - 11 years
  • 12 - 16 years
  • 12 - 18 years
  • 16 - 18 years


  • Child & Family Support
  • Youth Work
  • Schools & Education Support

Support Type

  • In-person - Group
  • In-person - One-to-one


  • Laois
  • Offaly

Contact Details

Contact Person(s)

Mary Ryan

Paul Kiernan


Child and Family Agency Old Dublin Road, Portlaois, Laois


Paul - 0861370749 or Mary - 086 7793922

Paul.kiernan@extern@org or mary.ryan@extern.org

Contact Hours

Monday -Friday 09-17.00


Emergency Assistance

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If someone is hurt or in danger call the emergency services straight away. Emergency services can be contacted at any time by dialling 999 or 112 in Republic of Ireland or 112 in Europe.

Additional Service Information

Referral Process

  • Other healthcare/socialcare provider

Service Description

Our Janus programme works intensively on a one-to-one basis with young people aged 10-17, who are living in the community or within the care system, and whose behaviours are challenging. Extern provides an individually-tailored programme to support them to remain at home or at the lowest level within the care system. The project is aimed at improving young people’s social functioning, community inclusion and family relationships. While on the programme, young people will be offered a range of sessions including special interest activities, day trips and specific individual work. The programme also provides respite overnights which focus on independent living skills, social skills development, provision of respite and problem solving approaches. Referrals are made through the local Tusla Social Work department

List of Services Available

Extern provides an individually-tailored programme to the young person. This usually involves weekly one to one sessions. these include individual work, activity and group work. it is all based on the young person’s needs and level of risk.

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