If you are worried, or have questions about any stories you see on news2day, then talk to an adult you trust – like one of your parents or grandparents, the person looking after you or your teacher. It is always better to try to tell someone about your worries rather than keeping them to yourself.
There are also organisations which can help children with questions or difficulties. Below, is a list of some of them with a brief description of what they do and their contact details.
Working for the best interests of children and young people in Ireland, Barnardos provides family support services, early years services, information and training and advocacy. Barnardos supports children whose well-being is under threat and campaigns for the rights of children. It is Ireland’s leading independent children’s charity.
Tel: (01) 453 0355
Callsave: 1850 222 300
Address: Christchurch Square, Dublin 8
Teen Help: www.barnardos.ie/information-centre/young-people/teen-help.html
Child Protection: www.barnardos.ie/information-centre/child-protection.html
The CARI Foundation provides therapeutic services to children who have experienced sexual abuse and counselling services to those affected by the abuse. CARI also offers outreach presentations, training workshops and a national child psychotherapy training programme.
Tel: (01) 830 8529
Helpline LoCall: 1890 924567
Address: 110 Lower Drumcondra Rd. Dublin 9
The Children’s Rights Alliance
The Children’s Rights Alliance is an umbrella body of over 90 non-governmental organisations. We work to secure the rights and the needs of children in Ireland by campaigning for the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We want to improve the lives of all children under 18. We do this by making sure that the laws, policies and services for children are of the highest standard.
Irish Foster Care Association
The Irish Foster Care Association provides information, support and training to those involved in foster care.
Tel: (01) 4599474
Address: Unit 23 Village Green, Tallaght, Dublin 24
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) advocates on behalf of all children in Ireland and provides a range of independent and unique services which are preventative and empowering in nature. ISPCC Vision: An Ireland where all children are heard and valued.
- Childfocus, which aims to promote psychological resilience of children aged 12 or younger who may be experiencing emotional or behavioral difficulties.
- Teenfocus, a service working with children aged 13-18 who are socially isolated, experiencing mental health difficulties or at risk of drug misuse.
- Childline, a free, 24-hour, direct-access listening service, offering telephone, text messaging and web-based support services.
- Leanbh, a 24-hour, direct-access service for children at risk of begging on the street.
Childline: 1800 66 66 66
Teentxt: text Talk to 50101
Address: 29 Lower Baggot Street Dublin 2
Tel: 01 676 7960
Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO)
The Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO) is there to make sure the government and other people who make decisions about young people really think about what is best for young people.
The OCO can:
Support people, including children and young people, to find out more about children’s and young people’s rights
Find out what’s important to young people and let the Government and others know what matters to young people themselves;
Carry out research to get a better understanding about things that are really important in children’s and young people’s lives;
Give advice to the Government and others about doing what’s best for children and young people;
Receive and, where possible, look into complaints made by young people or by adults on young people’s behalf.
Complaints Line: Freephone 1800 202040
Address: Millennium House, 52-56 Great Strand Street, Dublin 1
Teen Counselling has been in existence since 1973 and is one of 12 programmes/services provided through Crosscare. Teen Counselling provides a professional counselling service for 12-18 year olds and their parents in relation to a wide range of issues and problems experienced by young people.
Tel: (01) 836 0011
Address: Fina Doyle The Red House Clonliffe Road Dublin 3