Services and supports for children

Supports for children and parents during COVID-19
Practical information and advice on a range of supports available to children, parents and families during COVID-19.

Child health services
The general entitlement of children to health services in Ireland and the specific services available.
This document is in: Children's health

Early childhood education
Information on childhood education, including the role of the Department of Education and Skills.
This document is in: 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.

Tusla - the Child and Family Agency
Tusla - the Child and Family Agency - is the dedicated State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children.