Home Youth Liaison Officer

The aim of our work is to provide a sympathetic, confidential, non judgemental support to young people and their families with the objective of enhancing the young person's future personal, social development and well being. 

We provide a link between the family, school and professional services in both the Community & Voluntary and Stautory sectors.

The guiding principle that underpins all of our work is to place the young person at the centre of the decision making process with the aim of allowing them to take responsibility for their own choices and actions. 


The Home youth liaison officers provide one to one guidance and support to young people in the school setting. Referrals for our school service can be made by the young person, parents, school and other relevant agencies.

The aim of the HYLO’s is to provide a safe space for young people to explore any concerns/ issues that they may have inside or outside of school. i.e mental health difficulties, relationships issues and school challenges.

We refer young people to other services for additional supports this includes i.e youth support, educational and training, Meitheal’s, counselling, recreational groups and addiction services.

In addition to the one to one support HYLO’s facilitate group programmes including peer mentoring training, primary to secondary school transfer programme, student council training, internet safety, anti-bullying program and more.

Group Work
  • Transfer Programme from Primary to Secondary School
  • Student Council Training
  • Interschool Council Workshop
  • Mentoring for first Years
  • Relationship and sexuality workshops
  • Anti Bullying
  • Peer relationships and support awareness
  • Cyber aware workshops (Parents groups also)
  • Healthy vs Unhealthy Programme
Linking to further
Education and Training
  • Community Training Centres in Sligo & Leitrim
  • Youthreach Centres MSLETB (Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim Education & Training Centres)
  • P.L.C's Post Leaving Certificate Course Centres
Onward Referrals
  • HSE
  • Tusla services - Child and Family Agency - Social Work Department
  • Sligo Leitrim Youth & Community groups
  • Social Services]
  • Meitheal
  • Youth Counselling Service
Respite Supports for young people
  • Providing Fortnightly residential weekends
  • Activity based Summer programmes
  • Continuous links with Youth Support Workers