The Taking Care Committee of PCI's Council for Social Witness oversees the child protection and adult safeguarding policy and programmes.

The external Agencies listed below offer assistance to those requiring help or information regarding safeguarding issues.


Taking Care / Safeguarding

Taking Care is the name of the child protection and adult safeguarding policy and programme of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Our aim is to create and promote a safe environment for all.

+44(0)28 9041 7290


Child Protection – Northern Ireland


Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you.

Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to us:

+44(0)800 11 11

    CEOP - Child Exploitation and Online Protection


If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact professional counsellors 24/7 for help, advice and support.

+44(0)808 800 5000

    Action for Children

We support children and young people in many different ways. Our Sure Start Centre’s in Ballymena, Larne, Downpatrick and Waterside aim to enhance the life chances of young children (0-4 years) and their families by offering high quality play and education activities for parents and children.

We provide a Young Carer’s service to support 8-18 year olds who have a significant caring role through outings and activities, focused group work and one to one support.

+44(0)28 9046 0500

    SBNI - Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland

The objective of the SBNI is to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Northern Ireland by coordinating the work and ensuring the effectiveness of each person or body represented on the Board.

+44(0)28 95 361810

    Barnardo’s NI

+44(0)28 9067 2366

    Changing Faces

Changing Faces is here to help people who have a disfigurement find a way to live the lives they want.

+44(0)345 450 0275

    NICCY - The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People

+44(0)28 9031 1616

    Child Protection Gateway Services

Health and Social Care Trust
Telephone (Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm)

Belfast +44(28) 9050 7000
Northern 0300 1234 333
South Eastern 0300 1000 300
Southern 0800 7837 745
Western +44(28) 7131 4090

NI Anti Bullying Forum

+44(28) 9043 1123


If you, or someone you know, is in distress or despair, call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000. This is a confidential service, where trained counsellors will listen and help immediately on the phone and follow-up with other support if necessary. The helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also access the Lifeline website at

Child Protection – Republic of Ireland



1800 66 66 66 or Text Talk to 50101

    An Garda Síochána

For Emergencies dial 999 / 112
For local Garda Station see

    NYCI - National Youth Council of Ireland

+44(353)1 478 4122 is the Internet Safety site of The National Centre for Technology in Education. It may help to answer any questions you have and has lots of information about internet safety. is the Irish hotline for public to report child pornography and other illegal content on the internet. gives advice on how to stay safe on social networking sites. It gives advice on how to stay in control of your Profile and what to do if things go wrong.

    Health Service Executive

    Child Safeguarding

The HSE Children First National Office has a team of Training and Development Officers who can provide advice and guidance regarding Children First. Here are the contact details for the National HSE Children First Lead and for the team members that cover the following Community Healthcare Organisations (CHO), Hospital Groups and National Services:

CHO1 – Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan
RCSI and Saolta Hospital Groups

Donna Donoghue: 087 0973590;
Gary McGovern: 087 0906780;

CHO 2 – Galway, Mayo, Roscommon
Saolta Hospital Group

Clive Greally :087 0670430;

CHO3 – Clare, Limerick, North Tipperary
University of Limerick Hospital Group

Darragh Bergin: 087 3696574;

CHO4 – Kerry, North Cork, North Lee, South Lee, West Cork
South/South West Hospital Group

Siobhán Bruen: 087 669086;
Diarmaid Twomey: 087 3397296;

CHO5 – South Tipperary, Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford
South/South West and Ireland East Hospital Groups

Rob O'Connor: 087 1653390;

CHO6 – Wicklow, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin South East
Ireland East Hospital Group

Barbara Cullinan: 087 1743935;

CHO7 – Kildare, West Wicklow, Dublin West, Dublin South City, Dublin South West
Dublin Midlands and Children's Hospitals

Sharon Shiels: 087 9495161;

CHO8 – Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth, Meath
Ireland East, RCSI and Dublin Midlands Hospital Groups

Helen Hanlon: 086 8157240;

CHO9 – Dublin North, Dublin North Central, Dublin North West
Ireland East, RCSI and Children's Hospitals

Eva Alford: 087 7902940:

National Services

Barry Higgins: 087 3563055;

National HSE Children First Lead

Marion Martin: 086 1678041;


Adult Safeguarding – Northern Ireland

    Health and Social Care Trust

Telephone (Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm)

Belfast: 028 9504 1744
Northern: 028 94413659
South Eastern: 028 9250 1227
Southern: 028 3756 4423
Western: 028 7161 1366

    Regional Emergency Social Work Services

Monday to Friday between 5.00pm and 9.00am, plus Saturday and Sunday (24hrs)

Telephone: +44(0)28 9504 9999

    Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI)

In an emergency call: 999
To report your concerns, call: 101


Adult Safeguarding – Republic of Ireland

    Adult Safeguarding and Protection Teams

Dublin North, Dublin North Central, Dublin West
Ms. Mary McNutt, St Mary's Hospital, Phoenix Park, Dublin 20
+44(0)1 6250447

Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth and Meath
Ms Maura Seabrooke, Ashbourne Primary Care Centre, Declan Street, Ashbourne, Co. Meath
+44(0)1 6914632

Kildare, West Wicklow, Dublin West, Dublin South City, Dublin South West
Ms. Siobhan Nunn, Beech House, 101-102 Naas Business Park, Naas, Co. Kildare
+44(0) 4592 0410

Wicklow, Dun Laoghaire and Dublin South East
Mr.Tony McCusker, Ballinteer Health Centre, Ballinteer Avenue, Ballinteer, Dublin 16.
+44(0) 1216 4511

South Tipperary. Carlow, Kilkenney, Waterford, Wexford
Ms.Geraldine Sutton, HSE Offices, Dublin Road, Lacken, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
+44(0)56 7784325

Kerry and Cork
Ms.Kathleen O'Mahony, St. Finbarr's Hospital, Douglas Road, Cork
+44(0)21 4923967

Clare, Limerick, North Tipperary and East Limerick
Ms. Maggie McNally, Tyone Health Centre, Tyone, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
+44(0)67 46470

Galway, Roscommon and Mayo
Ms. Pauline Levins, La Nua, Ballybane, Castlepark Road, Galway
+44(0)91 748432

Donegal, Sligo, Lietrim, Cavan and Monaghan
Ms. Donna Carroll, HSE Office, Community Health Care Organisation Area 1, Ballyshannon Health Campus, An Clochar, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.

    An Garda Síochána

For Emergencies dial 999 / 112
For local Garda Station see

    HSE Information Line

The HSE provides all of Ireland's public health services in hospitals and communities across the country

+44(0)41 685 0300 (Monday to Saturday, 8am-8pm)



    Action on Elder Abuse

We work to protect and prevent the abuse of vulnerable older adults and by doing so we also protect other adults a risk of abuse.

+44(0)80 8808 8141


CARI is the leading voluntary organisation with a proven track record in providing child centered specialised therapy and support to children, families and groups affected by child sexual abuse, regardless of means

+353(1) 830 8529

    Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline 24/7

(open to all women and men affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence)

+44(0)808 802 1414

    Fraud Hotline

+44(0)8000 963 396

    National Centre for the Protection of Older People (NCPOP)

+353(1)850 241 850

    Nexus (Sexual abuse)

Advice and confidential support and counselling for those who have been sexually abused

+44(0)28 9032 6803

    One In Four

One in Four professionally supports men and women who have experienced sexual abuse during childhood. Our aim is to reduce the incidence of sexual abuse by intervening in key areas of the cycle of abuse. We do this through psychotherapy, advocacy and prevention services.

+353(1) 662 4070

    Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Helpline

+44(0)28 9032 9001 or
+44(0)28 9032 90012


1800 80 45 91 (Open daily 10am-10pm)

    Victim Support

Emotional Support for Victims of Crime.

+44(0)28 9024 3133
Out of hours support 0845 303 0900

    Victim Support

+35366 711 9830 or
Freephone 1800 277 477


Human Trafficking

    Crime Stoppers

+44(0)800 555 111

    Migrant Help

A leading national charity offering support, guidance and accommodation to vulnerable migrants across the UK.

+44(0)13 0420 3977