Grangegorman Area Based Childhood (ABC) is a Prevention and Early Intervention Programme for children aged 0-6 and their families, run in the Grangegorman/Dublin 7 area. It is part of the national ABC programme, funded by Tusla. Through prevention and early intervention approaches, the Area Based Childhood Programme aims to work in partnership with families, practitioners, communities, and national stakeholders to deliver better outcomes for children and families living in areas where poverty is most deeply entrenched.
ABC has a special emphasis on improving health, educational and social outcomes for children and young people and making existing services for them better. There are currently 12 ABC programmes around Ireland – 8 of them, including Grangegorman ABC, are located in the Dublin area.
Grangegorman ABC was founded in 2014 with the aim of improving outcomes for children and families living in the Grangegorman area. Our focus is on prevention, early intervention and fighting poverty. Our programme works to:
- improve developmental outcomes for children, with a priority focus on children aged 0-6 years;
- develop effective referral pathways between services;
- support improvements in the quality and standard of service delivery in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) services, schools and community organisations.
Grangegorman ABC is a Consortium of 31 members, coming together to achieve our objectives, and working together at local, regional and national level to address disadvantage directly, and support policies and programmes that tackle poverty and disadvantage and its impact on children and families.