About Daffodil Care

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About Daffodil Care

Daffodil Care was established in 2008. Over time we developed a strong reputation for delivering positive outcomes for young people and families. Daffodil Care have a national network of services ranging from mainstream residential care, semi-independent, aftercare, community outreach services and a children’s ASD disability residential and community support service.

Daffodil Care are committed to providing exceptional, therapeutic care where the young person and their family are at the centre of all care planning, activities and decision making to deliver positive outcomes and therapeutically driven supports

Supporting and developing our team is a significant priority for us. Daffodil Care are strongly committed to investing in our employee’s professional development and career progression.

With a dedicated focus on individualised professional development planning with our employee’s career goals, we have a strong history of staff retention and progression which in turn aids our service development. Take a look at some of our employee’s journeys.

Our Ethos & Philosophy

Daffodil Care has adopted a positive focused ethos as espoused by Reclaiming Youth International, Circle of Courage, Response Abilities Pathways® (RAP), Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and Daily Life Events® (DLE).

In addition, we believe that everyone has the ability to change; we see challenges as opportunities to learn, develop and grow. All young people and their families have strengths and skills that can be nurtured and we will work to support these strengths.

Daffodil Care is committed to providing a quality driven therapeutic residential and outreach service to vulnerable Young People and their families. We achieve this by listening actively to Young People and families, comprehensive multi-disciplinary assessment, treatment and team guidance, embracing the concepts of trust, respect, understanding and empowerment and devising effective individualised therapeutic interventions which focus on strengths, resiliencies, and relationships.

Model of Care



Daffodil Care Services operates a therapeutic support model called STEM. Systemic Therapeutic Engagement Model (STEM) provides a framework for positive interventions with young people to develop relationships focused on achieving strengths-based outcomes through daily life interactions.

Systemic Therapeutic Engagement Model (STEM) was developed organically by Daffodil Care following a significant period of research into the approaches that worked best with young people and families.

STEM uses Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), Response Ability Pathways (RAP) and The Circle of Courage. It also incorporates the Developmental Audit (DA), Daily Life Events (DLE), Attachment Theory, Self-Awareness and a focus on Active Listening and Child and Youth Care (CYC) Practitioner approaches. The STEM training course was designed to;

  • Implement a best practice/standards-based and thematically organised curriculum
  • Facilitate an enjoyable and reflexive adult learner-centred environment
  • Use a specific therapeutic language and provide comprehensible input for instruction
  • Integrate individual and peer-learning in the Daffodil Care environment
  • Adapt and use age-appropriate authentic materials
  • Conduct performance-based assessment

ISO Accredation

ISO (International Standards Organisation) is an independent, non-governmental international body which creates and measures standards across several business sectors. They give world-class specifications for services and systems, to ensure quality, safety and efficiency.

Daffodil Care was awarded ISO 9001:2015 in 2019, after being successfully accredited to its predecessor 9001:2008 since 2013.

The quality management system adopted, and externally and independently awarded certification confirms Daffodil Care’s ability to demonstrate an ability to consistently provide services that meet statutory and regulatory requirements. This certification also enhances customer satisfaction through the effective application of the quality management system, including processes for continued improvement and the assurance of conformity to all requirements.

A strong commitment to quality of service delivery to vulnerable young people and their families throughout the organisation as evidenced in the excellent facilities, system processes, committed workforce and teamwork, which is supported by the organisation’s commendable degree of professionalism and genuine enthusiasm for staff development and wellbeing. 
David Daly, Chief Executive EQA(Ireland) Ltd.