What is the Family Matters Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme

The Family Matters ABC Programme works at an area based level and uses evidence based approaches to deliver services aimed at improving the outcomes of children and families living in areas of disadvantage Family Matters ABC focuses on improving the health and wellbeing, educational and social outcomes for children and young people in Ballyfermot and Cherry Orchard, Dublin 10.

Family Matters ABC is 1 of 12 national ABC programmes. The ABC Programme is part of a national Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Programme funded by Department of Children, Disability, Equality and Integration (DCDEI), delivered through the Prevention Partnership and Family Support Programme (PPFS) within Tusla. The ABC Programme is informed by the following government policies:

  • Better Outcomes Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020 (BOBF, 2014).
  • First 5: A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children, and their Families 2019-2028.
  • Investing in Families: Supporting Parents to Improve Outcomes for Children (Tusla, 2013).
  • The ABC Programme is also aligned to, supports and informs the following government policies:
  • Healthy Ireland
  • Sláintecare
  • Connecting for Life (2015-2020)
  • Action Plan for Education (2016-2019)
  • DEIS Plan 2017, Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice (2018-2023, Revised October 2019)
  • Roadmap for Social Inclusion, Department of Social Protection (2020-2025).