Child Protection Resources
Barnardos runs frequent training courses on child protection. Subscribe to our training events enewsletter to be notified when training is taking place.
Children First Elearning Programme
Tusla has worked with the DCYA and HSE to develop a universal elearning training programme called ‘Introduction to Children First’. The programme has been written to support people of all backgrounds and experience in recognising concerns about children and reporting such concerns if they arise.
The page helps the public and professionals to recognise and respond to concerns about the protection and safeguarding of children.
Protecting children – Resources
- Our Children First : A Parent’s Guide to the National Child Protection Guidelines
- Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children
- Protecting Children: A Child Protection Guide for Early Years and School Age Childcare Services
- Tusla Support Documents for Children First
If you suspect a child or young person is being harmed or is at risk of harm you should contact the Tusla Social Work Department in the area the child lives in. You can report a concern in writing, in person, by phone or through the Tusla Child Protection and welfare portal.
The Childline Service is provided by the ISPCC which listens to children – any child anywhere in the country can talk to a volunteer about anything, 24 hours a day, for all children up to the age of 18.
Phone: 1800 666 666
Email: log on to the website and select public or private message.
Live chat One 2 One: log on to the website and select One to One service.
By Text: Text the word ‘talk’ to 50101.
CARI is a registered charity whose primary aim is to provide a professional, child-centred therapy and counselling service to children, families, and groups who have been affected by child sexual abuse.
National Helpline: Lo-call 1890 924 567 or from the UK and Northern Ireland 00353 18308523. Lines are open from Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm.
Email: [email protected]
RCNI is the national representative body for Rape Crisis Centres in Ireland.
One in Four provides support and resources for women and men who have experienced sexual abuse.
Tel: 01 6624 070
The Samaritans helpline provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
Call Freephone: 116 123
Text: 087 2 60 90 90 (standard text rates apply)
Email: [email protected] (RoI)
Citizens Information Phone Service (CIPS) is a nationwide service that can be reached on 0761 0704000, Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm.
Stop it Now! UK & Ireland is a campaign, managed by the Lucy Faithful Foundation, which aims to prevent child sexual abuse by raising awareness and encouraging early recognition and responses to the problem by abusers themselves and those close to them.
Tel: 0808 100 00 900.
Email: [email protected], and for confidential emails: [email protected]
If you are worried about a child or young person:
- Who do I contact?
- What is child abuse?
- What if I’m not sure?
- How do I respond if a child discloses abuse?
- Advice for young people on staying safe where there is domestic abuse, parental drug and alcohol misuse.