What We Do
The ISPCC is for children.
Our purpose is to listen to them, empower them, strengthen their resilience and enable them to live their best possible lives.
The ISPCC provides a range of services directly to children and families and advocates for change to enhance the lives of children in Ireland.
The ISPCC’s work is made possible through public and corporate support, as well as funding provided by government agencies for the delivery of specified services.
The Childline Listening Service is the national listening service for children and young people in Ireland. It can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – online, by phone or by text.
Any child or young person in Ireland can contact Childline for free at any time, to talk about any issue which may be on their mind. The service is confidential and non-judgemental.
Childline is always free for children and young people to contact. The cost of all telephone calls is funded by Vodafone, through a long-term partnership agreement with ISPCC Childline. Texts are free to the user on every network, and the Childline.ie chat service is free.
Our volunteers come from all walks of life, and receive significant training in active listening to equip them to listen to, support and empower children.
Our services to children, young people and families also include one-to-one therapeutic support services, Digital Mental Health and Wellbeing Programmes, the resilience-building Smart Moves programme for children and young people making the transition from primary to secondary school and more.
The Childline.ie website provides information and support to children on a wide variety of topics.
Support is also available for parents and carers, through services including our Parenting Support Line and Parenting Hub.
All services are free to recipients. For more information on our services, click here.
We work to a strategic plan, which is set by the ISPCC’s Board and implemented by our team.
We seek to make child protection a national priority, by advising government on policy and practice change. We work with state agencies, employers, industries, schools and other organisations to build awareness of risks to children, and ensure high standards of practice.