Kilkenny Children's Services | Enable Ireland

Kilkenny Children's Services

Enable Ireland has provided disability services in Kilkenny for over 40 years. Enable Ireland is the lead agency for the Children’s Disability Network Team (CDNT 3) in Kilkenny City. This means that Enable Ireland is responsible for the running of the Children’s Disability Network Team. The CDNT’s have been set up as part of the National Progressing Disability Services (PDS) Programme. 

About Progressing Disability Services

In this region of the HSE (CHO 5) two partner agencies have come together to form Children’s Disability Network Teams. These partner agencies are Enable Ireland and the HSE. There will be three Children’s Disability Network Teams providing services to children and families in Kilkenny/Carlow area. Enable Ireland is the lead agency for the Children’s Disability Network Team (CDNT 3) in Kilkenny City. In Kilkenny/Carlow there are two other Children’s disability teams - Thomas town (CDNT 2)  and Carlow (CDNT 1). You can find contact details for these teams here.

The ‘Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People’ Programme aims to provide one clear path to services for each child and family with complex needs within their local area.   These three CDNT’s provide supports and services for children/young people and their families from birth to 18 years with complex disabilities. 

Children's Disability Network Area Team and Catchment Area

CDNT and Catchment Area Location and Contact Details Children's Disability Network Team Manager
CDNT 3 Children aged from birth to 18 years with complex needs who live in the areas of Kilkenny City, Castlecomer, Freshford, Clogh, Ballyragget, Urlingford, Johnstown and Tullaroan.

Enable Ireland, 
St Joseph’s Road,

Tel: 056 7762326

Therese Healy


We are based out of two centres and your child may receive services in either of the two centres

Children’s Services Centre,
Kilcreene Complex,
R95 P4AA

Tel: 056 7762326

Therese Healy

Who are we?

The Network 3 Children’s Disability Network Team (CDNT) is a partnership between the Health Service Executive (HSE), and Enable Ireland.
The team is made up of: Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Speech and Language Therapy, Psychology, Nursing, Dietetics and Physiotherapy, Administrative support and a Children’s Disability Network manager.

How services are delivered in Children’s Disability Network Teams

Services are delivered through an Interdisciplinary Team. This is a group of different health professionals that work together and in partnership with the child and their family. The child and family are key members of this team. Depending on a child’s need(s), members of the child’s team may include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, psychology, Dietetics, nursing and social work.

The team will provide supports for the child across a variety of settings including the home, education settings such as pre-school or school, community settings or the CDNT centre. 

The CDNTs operate through a Family-Centred Practice model.  This is an approach that focuses on the whole family and not just the child requiring support. It ensures that the family's priorities are considered when setting goals with the family. 

All families that have a child attending the CDNT will have a Key contact. The key contact will be named contact and act as a link between the family and the team. They will support families with any queries they may have about their service. 

All families attending the CDNT will have an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). This is an agreed plan that identifies the child and family’s goals and priorities. The IFSP will also describe supports needed to achieve these goals. The IFSP looks at and documents the child’s strengths and achievements since the last plan was completed. As children grow and develop the goals on their IFSP will change with them.

Our primary goal is to get to know you and your child. To do this we will discuss:

  • Your concerns
  • What is important to you and your family, in regards to your child’s development
  • Daily routines and family life
  • Our service

Following this, we will collaboratively discuss the things you would like your child and family to achieve.  Together we will set goals to help your child build relationships, take part in activities, and do things for themselves.

How do I make a referral to one of these teams?

Children aged from birth to 18 years may be referred for services. 

If you have a concern about a child’s development, ‘Children’s Services Referral Form’ can be completed by parents/legal guardians, health and social care professionals, GPs, education professionals, assessment of need officers or case managers. The completed forms can be sent to their local Children’s Disability Network Team.  It is essential that signed parental consent is recorded on the referral form.

You can find more information on Referral to services for children with developmental delay or disability aged from birth to 18 years CHO5 Carlow Kilkenny in this leaflet.

If you are a parent and would like further help with the referral forms, please phone your local team and we will assist you.

Children’s Services Referral Form (Download Word version)

Each referral must be accompanied by an “Additional Information Form” specific to the child’s age category (Birth to 11 months; 12 months to 2 years 11 months; 3 years to 5 years 11 months; 6 years to 11 years 11 months; 12 years to 18 years). This additional information form can only be completed by the child’s parent/carer.

Additional Information Form Birth to 11 months (download Word version)
Additional Information Form 12 months to 2 years 11 months (download Word version)
Additional Information Form 3 years to 5 years 11 months (download Word version)
Additional Information Form 6 years to 11 years 11 months (download Word version)
Additional Information Form 12 years to 18 years (download Word version)

Referral forms should be sent to:

Email address:   
Postal address:  Enable Ireland, O'Neill Centre, St Josephs Road, Kilkenny R95K260

These forms allow all PDS teams and disciplines/services to accept and prioritise referrals on a consistent and equitable basis.

Additional information on how to Get a referral to Children's Disability Services is available on the HSE website here. 

What to expect from our service?


All intervention is aimed at equipping you to help your child at home and in the community. The Individual Family Service Plan will identify the interventions that your child requires.  As a team we may offer supports in a variety of formats, depending on the needs and goals identified by your family.

Intervention may be offered in the following ways:

•    Parent training and review consultation.
•    Inter-disciplinary therapy e.g. the SLT, OT or PT might work together during a session            with your child
•    Group therapy for children/children and parents/parents only
•    Workshops for parents/carers/family members/teachers and SNA’s
•    Individual therapy
•    Recommendations for home 
•    Recommendations for school
•    School consultation 
•    Liaising with the NEPS psychologists who provide school based psychological support

Intervention may be in person or via telephone consultation or video consultation/ webinars.  The needs of your child will shape the intervention that we will provide to you and your child.

You may be asked to join in during your child’s sessions so that you can support your child in their home environment.  We may give you home programmes with activities to follow up on skills practised during the sessions.

Unfortunately, due to limited resources, we are not able to provide access to all services immediately.  Your child may be placed on a waiting list for a service.  However, we will work with you to provide you with some general supports whilst waiting for services. 

What if your child does not need the Children’s Disability Network Team service anymore?

When your child no longer needs the services of the Children’s Disability Network Team, s/he will be discharged from the service.  This will be discussed with you and where appropriate your child may be referred to another service.

What happens if I move house to another area?

If you and your family change address, please inform the CDNT.   If you and your family move out of the catchment area, the Children’s Disability Network Team will liaise with the most appropriate service in your new area and organise the transfer of your child’s intervention, with your consent. 

Other important information can be found by reading our Welcome to Children's Disability Network Team 3 presentation here. 

We look forward to working with your child and your family.

Read the HSE’s Children’s Disability Network Team leaflet.

The leaflet is also available in the following languages:

Echipele din reteaua pentru copiii cu dizabilitati: Romanian

Equipes da Rede de Deficiencia Infantil: Brazilian Portuguese

Equipes reseau sur le handicap des enfants: French

Foirne Lionra Michumais Leanai: Gaelige

Lasten Vammaidverkoston Valjokot: Finnish

Siec Zespolow Wsparcia Dziecka z Niepelnosprawnoscia: Polish

Vaiku neigalumo tinkle darbo grupes: Lithuanian

Related Content

Welcome to Children's Disability Network Team 3 presentation 

Children's Disability Network Team HSE Leaflet