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National and International Links

Below are links to organsations operating in Ireland. Separate to whats listed on this page we have also listed and have included links to organisations that are International,Members of The Survivors Trust, and other agencies and Based in the UK (including Northern Ireland)

National Support Organisations For Children

Saving Childhood Ryan  This is the joint project of eight organisations working on behalf of children and survivors of abuse. We have come together to mark the first anniversary of the Ryan Report. Our aim is to lobby the Government to act on the recommendations they pledged to implement in the Ryan Implementation Plan - without delay. The improvement of our child protection systems will ensure that all children are better protected from harm and abuse today and in the future.

Children at risk in Ireland "CARI" Provides many services among them is the provision of therapy for children, young people and families who have been affected by child sexual abuse. This is available around the country: Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Tralee, Galway, Arklow and Navan. They also provide a telephone helpline service on 1890-924567.

The Irish Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children A child protection and child advocacy agency providing services to children and parents in Ireland. Services include childline, a 24 hour national freephone helpline for children on 1800 666 666 and face to face counselling for children.

Children's Rights Alliance Aims to promote awareness and understanding of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Ireland and to contribute to the advancement of the general well-being of all children in Ireland.

Barnardos Provide a wide range of services to respond to the needs of children and their families

National Children's Office The National Children's Office is a Government Agency, which aims to improve all aspects children's lives, as set out in the National Children's Strategy.

Ombudsman for Children The main purpose of the Ombudsman role for Children is to safeguard and promote the rights and interests of children and young people under the age of eighteen.

Support Organisations For Adults

The Nexus Institute
Works to respond to the needs of adults who have experienced sexual abuse in Northern Ireland. 

MASC (Male Abuse Suvivours Centre) MASC is a confidential support service for adult male survivors of sexual abuse, sexual assault, incest and rape. This service is based in Galway.

NCS The National Counselling Service is a service which provides counselling. It was established initially to provide counselling to adults abused in institutions but also offers support to adults abused in other settings.

Rape Crisis Centres Rape Crisis Centres are specialist services, dedicated to advocacy and counselling for all survivors of sexual violence. There are many Rape Crisis Centres through-out the country, each of which operates a number of out-reach services in further locations, with a variety of tailored services locally.

The Samaritans Provide a 24 hour confidential emotional support for people who may be going through a difficult time in their lives or who come to a point when life may be getting too much.

Support Resources For Adults

DABS On-line Book Store Provide a confidential mail-order service for people who've been abuse.

Links to Institutional Information and Services

National Office for Victims of Abuse (NOVA) Provide assistance, support and advice regarding tracing of personal records, while also making referrals to persons wishing to avail of reading and writing services, health services, counselling, education and other appropriate social services via the confidential free phone line or through the drop-in centre.

19 Upper Ormond Quay,

Phone: + 353 1 872 8482
Fax: + 353 1 872 8488
Freephone (Ireland): 1800 25 25 24
Freephone (UK): 0800 039 0301

Email: [email protected]

Residential Institutions Redress Board The Redress Board was set up under the Residential Institutions Redress Act, 2002 to make fair and reasonable awards to persons who, as children, were abused while resident in industrial schools, reformatories and other institutions subject to state regulation or inspection.

Links to Clerical Information and Services. 

Child Protection Service - Dublin Archdiocese of Dublin.This Service is established to assist the diocese in the implementation of child protection policies and procedures, both in terms of prevention and in response to allegations.

Faoiseamh - Help line service available to victims of Child Sexual Abuse.

State Inquiries

The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse This site has been established to by the goverment to provide the public with information concerning the Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse. It has links to reports on its progress and a rather useful information leaflet section.  

Ferns Inquiry - set up to identify what complaints or allegations have been made against clergy operating under the aegis of the Diocese of Ferns in relation to alleged events that transpired prior to 10 April 2002 and to report on the nature of the response to the identified complaints or allegations on the part of the Church authorities and any public authorities to which complaints or allegations were reported. The Ferns Report in PDF format can be downloaded here

Other Useful Links

Dublin Rape Crisis This Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, based in Dublin provides a comprehensive therapy programme for victims of rape and sexual abuse. It also provides education and training to professionals together with literature and leaflets to increase public awareness on sexual violence within our society.

An Garda Siochana  Ireland's police service, which has responsibility for the criminal investigation of child and adult sex abuse cases.

Department of Health and Children The Irish Government Department with responsibility for health.

The Granada Institute - Provide perpertrator treatment and assessment services - Tel 01 272 1030

Rotunda Hospital - Sexual Assault Treatment Centre

Women's Aid Dublin A voluntary organisation which provides support and information to women and their children who are being physically, emotionally and sexually abused in their own homes.

Irish Family Planning Association  The IFPA offers a comprehensive range of services specifically designed to promote sexual health

Victim Support Gives emotional and practical support for victims of crime, and helps victims in dealing with the criminal justice system. Provides an anonymous reporting service to members of the public who accidentally uncover illegal child pornography on the Internet. Email:
[email protected]

Oasis (Online Access to Services, Information and Support) is an Irish eGovernment website developed by Comhairle. The site provides information on the social and civil rights of everyone in Ireland. The Service Finder allows you to find public services in your locality and their Frequently Asked Questions section answers questions you may have about public services in Ireland.

Health Links

Health Service Executive


Search engines specific to Ireland.

Useful News Links Page: This is helpful for further news articles not on this website

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Support and resources for people who have experienced sexual abuse and/or sexual violence.