Children's Centre

Referrals to the Children’s Centre come from a variety of sources including hospital Consultants, GPs, Health Visitors and Teachers.

The centre provides a multidisciplinary service for children and their families, helping each child reach their full potential.

When referred to the Children’s Centre, a child may be seen either individually or by a multidisciplinary team to assess all aspects of their development. Visits to home or school may be part of this process. Children may receive therapy from two or more professionals at one time either on their own or in a small group.

The Team

The team consists of:

  • Paediatricians – who will medically examine the child and discuss their general health
  • Community Children’s Nurses – who visit children with complex health needs at home
  • Occupational Therapists – who help to develop the child’s ability to perform everyday tasks such as self care, play, attention and organisation
  • Physiotherapists – who assess how a child moves and gives advice on positioning and handling as well as specific exercises and activities
  • Podiatrist – holds a weekly clinic in conjunction with Physiotherapy to assess foot problems
  • Speech and Language Therapists – assess the child’s understanding and communication skills and advise on feeding and swallowing issues
  • Clinical Psychologists – who help children with emotional, behavioural or developmental issues
  • Dietitian – who provides advice on nutritional concerns
  • Orthoptist – who will assess the child’s vision and eye development, check for squint and advise regarding glasses and treatment
  • Social Worker – can provide a variety of services such as support for families through diagnosis, contact with voluntary organisations and groups, provision of direct payments and information on social support for children
  • Family Therapy Service – this service is run by Child and Adolescent Mental Service (CAMHS)
  • Clinic Co-ordinator – is responsible for the day to day running of the centre and manages the team of administrative staff
  • Admin Manager – to support all professionals


Clinics available include:

  • Audiology 
  • Enuresis 
  • Clinical Psychology 
  • Medical Assessment Clinics 
  • Feeding 
  • Dietetics 
  • Orthoptics 
  • Podiatry 
  • Occupational Therapy 
  • Speech and Language Therapy 
  • Physiotherapy

Contact Details

Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm from the following locations:

Scrabo Children’s Centre
Ards Community Hospital
Church Street
BT23 4AS

Telephone: (028) 9151 0190
Fax: (028) 9151 0191

Warren Children’s Centre
61 Woodland Park
BT28 1LQ

Telephone: (028) 9260 7528

Downe Children’s Centre
Downe Hospital
14 Struell Wells Road
BT30 6RL

Telephone: (028) 4483 8215