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Welcome to the Teen Parents Support Programme
                                   Are you under 20 years of age?

                                   Are you expecting a baby?

                                   Do you already have a child?

The Teen Parents Support Programme -TPSP for short- is a support service for young mothers, young fathers and their families from pregnancy until the baby is 2 years of age.

We offer support, information and advocacy in all areas of a young parent's life including health, relationships, parenting, child care, social welfare entitlements, education, training and anything else about which the mother or father is concerned.

This support can be tailored and delivered in a way that best suits the individual needs of each young parent. For more information on the type of supports that are available please go to our Support page.

Currently there are 11 TPSPs throughout Ireland. To find out if there is a TPSP in your area go to Where to find a TPSP.


TPSP Pre-Budget Submission 2018
Download TPSP PRE-BUDGET SUBMISSION 2018.PDF (813 Kb, 12 July 2017)

Strategy for Education and Skills 2016-2018
Download TPSP SUBMISSION.PDF (531 Kb, 08 June 2016)

Focus on Fathers: Free One-day Workshop March 8th 2018

Currently the needs of young fathers tend to be largely forgotten by family support services.  At the same time research is telling us that being involved in the lives of their children brings enormous benefits to both the children and the fathers themselves.  Young fathers, in particular, face numerous obstacles in participating in the lives of their children.  For the most part they are not living with the mother of their child.  They are often viewed as the ‘villain’ in the situation and are dependent on the attitudes of both sets of families and of professionals with whom they come in contact.
The TPSP is offering a free one-day Workshop on March 8th 2018 for professionals who have contact with young fathers.  
The aims of the Workshop are to:
  • raise awareness regarding the value of fatherhood in a child’s life and
  • introduce participants to the use of the Young Dads Resource Pack and other material relevant to their work with young fathers.
For more information contact: 

Margaret Morris, National Co-ordinator, TPSP 

tpsp@treoir.ie  087-2518428


The TPSP Toolkit: Free One-day Workshop April 23rd 2018

Through our experience of working with teenage parents, TPSP staff have built up a range of knowledge and skills which have helped us work effectively with this group of young people. We have now developed a new resource The TPSP Toolkit to support both TPSP staff and other community-based professionals in their work with teenage parents.
TheTPSP is  offering a  free one-day Workshop for professionals who wish to use this resource in their work with pregnant and parenting teens and their families. 

For more information contact:

Margaret Morris, National Co-ordinator, TPSP

tpsp@treoir.ie           087-2518428




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The Young Parents Survival Guide
 Linking to http://www.tpsp.ie/download.php?page_id=1&fragment_id=139&download_id=25

Download THE YOUNG PARENTS SURVIVAL GUIDE.PDF (1,632 Kb, 11 Mar 2012)

Information Pack for Unmarried Parents (July 2016) and Amendments (March 2017)


Download AMENDMENTS MARCH 2017.PDF (38 Kb, 27 July 2017)

Other Support and Information
Unplanned pregnancy? Talking to a counsellor can help.

Becoming a parent

Parenting alone

Information for unmarried parents

One-parent Family Payment

Find your nearest social welfare office

Single Person Child Carer Tax Credit

Tusla Family Support Services

Parenting 24 Seven

Find your nearest Family Resource Centre

A guide to your pregnancy month by month 

Care before your baby is born

Care after your baby is born