Services and supports for children

Early childhood education
Information on childhood education, including the role of the Department of Education and Skills.
This document is in: Education and Training > Pre-school education and childcare

Children in care
The primary legislation regulating child care policy is the Child Care Act 1991 which brought in considerable changes in relation to children in care. Find out more here

Child abuse
What is child abuse? To whom do I report suspicions of child abuse? Find out here.

International child abduction
International child abduction occurs when a child is unlawfully removed from a country or unlawfully retained in a country. The question of arranging for the return of a child who has been abducted internationally is governed by international law.

Youth Information Centres
Youth Information Centres provide free, confidential information for young people and for people who work with young people. They hold information on a wide variety of subjects.

Recreational activities for young people
The overall objective of the National Recreation Policy for Young People is to provide a framework for the promotion of appropriate recreational opportunities for young people between the ages of 12 and 18. Find out more.
This document is in: Travel and Recreation > Recreational activities in Ireland