What should I do if I am concerned about the safety or welfare of a child who is not in my care?
- Discuss your concern with your Fostering Link Social Worker or any Tusla Social Worker.
- Following this conversation with the Social Worker, decide whether your concern reaches the threshold for a mandated report or reasonable grounds for concern.
- If a report is required, then submit a Child Protection and Welfare Report Form to the Duty Social Work Service in the area where the child lives. Your Fostering Link Social Worker or a member of the Fostering Social Work Team can help you with this.
In an emergency situation where you think a child is in immediate danger, please contact the local Tusla duty social work service immediately. Contact details for all duty social work teams are available here.
If a child is in danger outside office hours or if you cannot contact Tusla, contact an Gardaí Síochána.
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