If you are concerned about a child or young person or wish to report a child safeguarding suspicion, concern, knowledge or allegation the Church has a mandatory reporting policy which is displayed in the diagram below.
If your concern relates to a diocese
If your concern relates to a member of a religious congregation or order
00353 1 6677322
To report a child safeguarding suspicion, concern, knowledge or allegation directly to the statutory authorities
Additional Help and Support
Gardai Dedicated Helpline for Victims of Sexual Abuse
The Gardai offer a freephone confidential line with trained staff who are experts in supporting people who are reporting abuse. The line is open 24 hours, 365 days of the year. The number to call is 1800555222
Towards Healing is a free, confidential helpline and counselling referral service, which is a Catholic Church response to abuse by clergy and religious.
Freephone from the Republic of Ireland 1800 303416; from Northern Ireland and Britain 0800 0963315.
Mondays to Thursday, 11am to 8pm
Fridays 11am to 6pm.
Spiritual support for survivors of abuse by Catholic Church personnel in Ireland
Mrs Una Allen, Director
Mrs. Colleen Brown, Administration and Development Coordinator
Phone: + 353 (0) 1 5053028
Mobile: + 353 (0) 86 7710533
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 5pm
ConnectConnect is a telephone counselling and support service for any adult who has experienced abuse, trauma or neglect in childhood. The service is also available to partners or relatives of people with these experiences.Connect is an out of hours service available Wednesday to Sunday 6–10pm. Free and Confidential. To speak to a counsellor call: ROI: 1800 477 477 / UK/NI: 00800 477 477 77 Find out more atwww.connectcounselling.ie
National Counselling Service (NCS)The HSE National Counselling Service (NCS) is for adults who were abused in childhood and was established in September 2000 in response to the recognition that a large number of adults had been abused as children while in care in State institutions in Ireland. The NCS offers confidential face to face counselling, free of charge, to adults who experienced physical, emotional, sexual abuse or neglect during childhood. Counselling is available at 60 locations throughout Ireland.
HSE Website details of 10 Freephones available in each of their locations nationwide