Child Abuse

CARI: Children at Risk in Ireland

Helpline: 1890 924 567 Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm


The CARI helpline is the first point of contact and support for any person or professional who has concerns about or is affected by child sexual abuse or sexualised behaviour

• Parents in need of support, advice, and an opportunity to offload their worries and fears.
• Professionals seeking practical advice about what they should do and the appropriate course of action.
• Adult survivors of child sexual abuse seeking help and support in disclosing and reaching the relevant service.
• The General Public can call CARI with any concern about child sexual abuse and will be assisted and guided through the process of child protection.


HSE National Counselling Service (NCS)

HSE West (Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo) 1800 234 119

Professional, confidential counselling and psychotherapy service available free of charge in all regions of the HSE; for adults who have experienced trauma and abuse in childhood with priority given to adult survivors of institutional abuse in Ireland.


Connect Counselling

Freephone 1800 477 477

Connect is an out of hours service available from 6-10pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

Free telephone counselling and support service for any adult who has experienced abuse, trauma or neglect in childhood. You can talk in confidence with a trained counsellor who can listen or help with questions you have.