About Us

Dublin North East Drugs Task Force

Dublin North East
Drugs Task Force

Dublin North East Drugs & Alcohol Task Force is one of twenty four drugs task forces nationwide. The task forces were developed to combat the threat from problem drug use throughout the country.

They are made up of statutory, voluntary, community and public representatives who work in partnership to provide and maintain a system of supports and services for individuals, families and communities through which existing and future problem drug use is prevented, reduced and managed.

What We Do

At Preparing for Life


We recognise the benefit of working in partnership with parents to facilitate the best, long-term outcomes for children. We offer a child-centred therapeutic support service to children and families who are experiencing difficulties. Depending on the nature of these difficulties, we will work with families in one or more of the following ways:

Play Therapy

Play Therapy can be compared to a developmentally sensitive equivalent of counselling for young children. It provides children with an opportunity to ‘play out’ their thoughts, feelings and problems just as, in certain types of adult therapy, an individual ‘talks out’ their difficulties.


Theraplay is a model of play therapy that works with the parent and child together, to build and enhance attachment bonds, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement.

Circle of Security

Circle of Security is an eight-week, group reflection programme that is grounded in research relating to the healthy parent-child relationships. The programme teaches parents how to enhance the security of their relationship with their child whilst taking some time to reflect upon their own history of being parented.

Therapeutic Parenting

Therapeutic Parenting is a series of four interactive workshops designed to support parents to nurture their children throughout big feelings and challenging experiences. It will cover topics such as ‘big feelings in little people’, ‘supporting children emotionally and socially’, ‘creative ways of helping children to cope’, ‘understanding the brain’ and ‘understanding challenging behaviour’.

In addition to these supports, we also offer the following:

Summer Programme

Each year, we coordinate and fund an annual summer programme for school aged children spanning the month of July.

Infant Mental Health

We coordinate the Dublin North East Infant Mental Health Network. This is a network of local health and social care professionals who meet on a monthly basis to discuss a range of topics relating to the area of Infant Mental Health.

For more information, please phone Preparing for Life on 018771590 or email amy.fogarty@nspartnership.ie

Preparing for Life offers a range of programmes to support parents, babies and children including Home Visiting, perinatal supports and positive parenting.  For more information please see the website at www.preparingforlife.ie

The Task Force are please to announce the reopening of the Mornington Centre. The Centre will operate under Covid 19 public safety guidelines as outlined by the Irish Goverment.


Where possible, we ask you to please make an appointment before calling to the building.