Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Information for Parents

A child or young person may be referred for the following reasons

  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Family relationship difficulties
  • Eating Problems and Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia
  • Mood Disorders: Depression, Bipolar Mood Disorder
  • Autism and Asperger's Syndrome (Diagnosis only)

Info for Parents


A Vision for Change

In 2006 the Government published a report of the expert group on mental health policy. This report is called A Vision for Change. One of the recommendations of this report is that mental health services for children should be provided by multidisciplinary teams. In effect this means that each team is made up of clinicians from different disciplines who all work together to provide a range of therapeutic interventions for each child. Usually a Multidisciplinary Team is made up of the clinicians in the following areas:

1. Consultant Psychiatrist
2. Psychiatrist in training.
3. Nurse
4. Psychologist
5. Social Worker
6. Occupational Therapist
7. Speech and Language Therapist
8. Social Care Worker.

Click on the links to read more information about each discipline in Lucena Clinic.
You can also read the full text of A Vision for Change


Young Children

Information for young children

Growing up can be fun but tricky. Sometimes people need to talk to a grown up to help figure out a problem. It’s good to talk about worrying things so we can better understand our feelings and how we act.



Young Children

Information for Teenagers


Adolescence is an important time of physical, social, emotional and educational development. It can be exciting but confusing. Sometimes it can feel like we don't have any control over what we think or how we feel. But by making simple changes to our lives, we can make a real difference.


History of Lucena Clinic

St. John of God

Lucena was the name of the house and the first hospital which St. John of God opened in 1537 in the city of Granada, Spain. To honour the 5th centenary of the birth of St. John of God in 1495, the Order renamed its Child and Adolescent Mental Health services as Lucena Clinic Services.


The Order wishes to extend the same hospitality shown by John to everyone who came seeking help, healing or shelter at his house on Lucena Street, to every child and family coming to any of the clinics at Rathgar; Tallaght; Dun Laoghaire, Bray and Wickow.


About Us

Lucena Clinics

St. John of God Community Services Limited

Lucena Clinic Services is the Child and Adolescent Mental Health service of St. John of God Community Services Limited. Lucena Clinic Services is a registered charity and has been providing a mental health service to children and adolescents and their families for over 50 years.


The Lucena Clinic services are delivered via our 5  clinics in

 Rathgar  - tel :              (01) 492 3596

 Tallaght  - tel :              (01) 452 6333

 Dun Laoghaire -  tel;    (01) 280 9809

 Bray  - tel :                   (01) 286 6886

 Wicklow - tel :              0404 25591


 If you are trying to contact ST. PETER'S SCHOOL  please visit their website. St. Peter's School   or

 ring their DIRECT LINE : 01 4999300 Please do not ring Lucena Clinic as we cannot transfer your call. 


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Designated Liasion Person 

for Lucena Clinic


Peter Coghlan,

Principal Social Worker

Lucena Clinic

Orwell Road


Dublin 6

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Safeguarding Statement

Lucena Clinic Services

Child Safeguarding Statement


Lucena Clinic Services are a child and adolescent mental health service run by the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God Services and funded by the HSE. It is the policy of the Lucena Clinic Services to promote the safeguarding and welfare of children and to help protect them from physical, sexual and emotional harm and neglect as outlined in the Children First Act (2015).


Lucena Clinic Services respect the confidential nature of information that children and families share with us. However there are exceptions and limits to this confidentiality. In particular indicators or disclosures, which suggest serious concern for the welfare of a child, will be addressed in a fair and impartial manner and in accordance with the principles of the HSE Children First National Guidance 2017,which have been adopted by the Lucena Clinic Services.


When reports or allegations of  “ (a) assault, ill-treatment or neglect of the child in a manner that seriously affects or is likely to seriously affect the child’s health, development or welfare, and/or (b) sexual abuse of the child, whether caused by a single act, omission or circumstance or a series or combination of acts, omissions or circumstances, or otherwise”  [Children First Act 2015], are made to staff in the Clinic, these will be followed up and if reasonable grounds for concern are established, will be forwarded to the Tusla Child and Family Services for assessment and investigation. This policy includes allegations against staff and adult reports of historical abuse.


All Lucena staff are appropriately recruited, selected, trained and supervised in accordance with their role and agency policy. This includes Garda clearance prior to their appointment. We also provide ongoing training to all staff in relation to our Child Protection and Welfare Policy. 


The following legislation and guidelines have been used to inform the Lucena Clinic Services Child Safeguarding policy: 

Freedom of Information Act (1997 & 2003); Protection for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act (1998); Criminal Justice Act (Reckless Endangerment) 2006; Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012. Children First Act (2015); Children First National Guidance (2017).



Shane Hill, Regional Director, Mental Health Division, St John of God Community Services, Elvira Gate, Arena Road, Burton Hall Campus, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18

Tel; 01-2971033



Mary McNamara, Principal Social Worker, Designated Liaison Person, Lucena Clinic Services,

59 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6

Tel; 01-4923596


Last updated 26/10/2021