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What we do

ISPCC protecting children in Ireland 24 hours a dayThe Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) is Ireland’s oldest and most well-known children’s charity.  The ISPCC has a long, proud history of service delivery and advocacy on behalf of children.
Our Vision:
To see an Ireland where all children are heard and valued.
Our Mission:
The ISPCC Mission is to advocate on behalf of all children in Ireland and to provide a range of independent unique services which are preventative and empowering in nature.
Our Work:
  • The ISPCC is the only organisation in Ireland providing unique 24 hour support services for children and young people through our Childline service.
  • Childline receives the majority of its 2,300 calls and messages per day after 6pm each evening, when most other support services are closed.
  • Childline receives just 10% Government funding which means that 90% of its costs have to raised through the generosity of individual donors and corporate supporters.
ISPCC support workers and volunteer mentors also work with over 1,500 individual children and families nationwide each year through our suite of ISPCC support services
Our support workers encounter many issues such as emotional and behavioural problems, anxiety, grief, risk of drug and alcohol abuse and early school leaving.

The ISPCC is a child centred organisation providing a range of independent and unique services which are preventative and empowering in nature.
Our Targets:
  • Inclusion – to include children in society
  • Support – giving children the support they need to work through emotional problems
  • Protection - preventing cruelty to children
  • Consultation & Participation - seeing children as equals and letting them have a say
  • Citizenship - valuing children’s rights as citizens
Our Funding:
The ISPCC has to raise between 80% and 90% of its annual income; relying on the generosity of the general public, companies and schools. It costs between €6 and €7 million to maintain our services and continue to be there, 24 hours a day, for children and young people in Ireland.