Access Workers

Aspire Plus is the only service in Ireland providing attachment trained Child Contact Workers for children. We have a large team of contact support workers who are available in most counties. Because contact for children in care is a complex area, which is affected greatly by their experiences, we have invested heavily in appropriately training our team with leading experts in the field of attachment, in order to contribute towards and support contact plans which will be in the best interest of children. Our primary goal is to facilitate child-led contact visits that support children’s emotional well-being.

Our team has been trained by Dr. Helen Gogarty; Attachment Therapist; Dr. Ben Grey, Senior Lecturer in the M. Sc. Attachment Studies in Roehampton University. and Orla Ryan; Social Worker & Attachment Consultant. Orla is also our Director of Children’s Services and holds a M. Sc. in Attachment Studies.

Our Child Contact Workers are available to assist social work teams in all aspects of contact arrangements and will provide concise, attachment-informed observation reports to social workers. We are passionate about supporting children to enjoy child-led contact visits and will offer guidance and mentoring to parents where needed, to enhance the quality of their time with their children.

Factual evidence-based observational reports will be provided to the allocated social worker following each contact visit.

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