Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency


The links below are to a wide range of organizations, both Irish and International, Statutory and Voluntary, who provide information and services in the area of Child Care.

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National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence  (COSC)  (IRL)

Cosc is the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence. The work of Cosc covers issues relating to domestic and sexual violence against women and men, including older people in the community.

Sonas  (IRL)

Sonas is the largest provider of frontline services to women and children experiencing domestic abuse in the greater Dublin region. We support women and children experiencing domestic abuse by providing effective, quality services. We advocate on women and children’s behalf with other services and on issues that impact on the safety, welfare and wellbeing of women and children experiencing domestic abuse.

Women’s Aid  (IRL)

We work to make women and children safe from domestic violence, offer support, provide hope to women affected by abuse and work for justice and social change.

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Adoption Authority of Ireland  (IRL)

British Association for Adoption and Fostering  (UK)

Council of Irish Adoption Agencies  (IRL)

Irish Foster Care Association  (IRL)

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Child Care Law Reporting Project  (IRL)

Our aims and objectives are to:

  • Provide information to the public on child care proceedings in the courts;
  • Conduct research on these proceedings in order to promote debate and inform policy-makers;
  • Make recommendations to address any short-comings in the child care system identified by the research;

Citizens Advice Bureau  (UK)

Citizens Information Board  (IRL)

Comhairle Na Nog  (IRL)

Comhairle na Nog are child and youth councils in the 31 local authorities of the country, which give children and young people the opportunity to be involved in the development of local services and policies

Department of Justice  (IRL)

European Citizen Action Service  (ECAS)

ECAS’ mission is to empower citizens to exercise their rights and promote open and inclusive decision-making through provision of high quality advice,  research and advocacy, as well as capacity building to civil society organizations.

European Union Rights

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

Joseph Rowntree Foundation  (UK)

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice. 

Social Justice Ireland

Social Justice Ireland is an independent think tank and justice advocacy organisation that advances the lives of people and communities through providing independent social analysis and effective policy development to create a sustainable future for every member of society and for societies as a whole.

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Barnardos  (IRL)


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

Child Welfare Information Gateway (USA)

Childminding Ireland (IRL)

Our vision is, an Ireland in which childminding flourishes resulting in profound benefits for children, families and communities. We offer support to childminders and parents, so that they can provide and access, best quality childcare in a home-from-home setting.

Children and Young People’s Services Committee  (IRL)

Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) are a key structure identified by Government to plan and co-ordinate services for children and young people in every county in Ireland. The overall purpose is to improve outcomes for children and young people through local and national interagency working.

Children’s Rights Alliance  (IRL)

The Children’s Rights Alliance unites over 100 members working together to make Ireland one of the best places in the world to be a child. We change the lives of all children in Ireland by making sure that their rights are respected and protected in our laws, policies and services.

Database of Child Protection and Best Practice Publications and Resources (IRL)

A database of practice and research publications on children and young people's participation in decision-making.

Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth  (IRL)

Early Childhood Ireland

We aim to be effective champions for quality in practice, putting children and their rights at the core of our work and advocating strongly for them, their families and all early childhood professionals.

European Platform for Investing in Children  (EPIC)

The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) is an evidence-based online platform that provides information about policies that can help children and their families face the challenges that exist in the current economic climate in Europe.

Extern  (IRL)

We are the trusted, forward looking charity that changes people's lives, by meeting them at their point of need. We bring solutions and deliver quality services reconnecting people with society, building better communities for us all.

Family Resource Centre National Forum  (IRL)

The Family Resource Centre National Forum is the Representative Body of all Family Resource Centres which are part of the Family Resource Centre Programme

Foroige  (IRL)

Growing Up in Ireland

Welcome to the website of Growing Up in Ireland, an exciting and historic national study of children. This study is following the progress of almost 20,000 children across Ireland to collect a host of information to help improve our understanding of all aspects of children and their development.

INCADDS: Irish National Council of AD/HD Support Groups

Our main aim with this website is to take away any fear and uncertainty of learning of a diagnosis for either you or your child or if a diagnosis has not yet been made and you suspect you or your child might have the condition. This website can also be used as a general resource tool for Parents and teachers.

Irish Childhood Bereavement Network

Supporting parents, guardians and professionals who care for grieving children and young people.

Irish Society for Autism (IRL)

Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children  (IRL)

National Ability Supports System  (IRL)

National Autistic Society 

National Disability Authority  (IRL)

National Paediatric Mortality Register  (IRL)

National Youth Council of Ireland  (IRL)

NYCI represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organizations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.

Ombudsman for Children  (IRL)

One Family  (IRL)

One Family is working to ensure a positive and equal future for all members of all one-parent families in Ireland – changing attitudes, services, policies and lives. Together with one-parent families and those working with them, we are committed to achieving equality and respect for all families.

Prevention and Early Intervention Network  (IRL)

The Prevention and Early Intervention Network (PEIN) is a network of evidence-based practice, advocacy and research organizations across the Republic of Ireland that share a commitment to improving outcomes for children, young people and their communities.

Spun Out  (IRL)

We aim to educate and inform our readers about the importance of holistic wellbeing and how good health can be maintained, both physically and mentally.

Treoir  (IRL)

The National Federation of Services for Unmarried Parents and their Children.

Youth Advocate Programmes  (IRL)

Youth Work Ireland

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Consent Hub

Active* Consent supports young people and those important to them (teachers, parents, college staff and policy makers) in building their knowledge of consent in collaboration with partners in the field

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Economic and Social Research Institute  (ESRI) (IRL)


Official Website of the European Union

International Monetary Fund

National Economic and Social Council   (IRL)

The National Economic and Social Council (NESC) was established in 1973 and advises the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) on strategic policy issues relating to sustainable economic, social and environmental development in Ireland.

Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development   (OECD)

World Bank

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Department for Education   (IRL)

Department for Education   (NIRL)

Department for Education   (UK)

Education Canada

Educational Disadvantage Centre, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra  (IRL)

Located within the College's Faculty of Education, the Centre's purpose is to highlight the implications of social and economic exclusion on education across education and related sectors in Ireland and internationally.

Educational Research Centre  (IRL)

Education and Training Boards Ireland

The Principal Object of ETBI is to promote the development of education, training and youthwork in Ireland.

Educational Welfare Services   (IRL)

Home Education Network (HEN)  (IRL)

HEN Ireland is a support group for those who are home educating some or all of their children or who are considering the option.

Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO)

Irish Primary Principals Network  (IPPN)

Joint Managerial Body for School Management in Voluntary Secondary Schools  (IRL)

National Adult Literacy Agency  (IRL)

National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals  (IRL)

National Centre for Guidance in Education  (IRL)

The National Centre for Guidance in Education is an agency of the Department of Education and Skills, with responsibility to support and develop guidance practice in all areas of education and to inform the policy of the Department in the field of guidance.

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment  (IRL)

National Council for Special Education  (IRL)

National Foundation for Educational Research  (UK)

NFER is the UK's largest independent provider of research, assessment and information services for education, training and children's services.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation   (UNESCO)

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Department of Health   (IRL)

Department of Health and Social Care  (UK)

Department of Health and Human Services  (USA)

Department of Social Protection  (IRL)

Drug and Alcohol Information and Support  (IRL)

Drugs.ie is an independent website managed by The Ana Liffey Drug Project. Our mission is to help individuals, families and communities prevent and/or address problems arising from drug and alcohol use.

Health Atlas - Ireland

Health – European Commission

Health Promotion  (IRL)

Health Research Board   (IRL)

Health Service Executive   (IRL)

Institute of Public Health in Ireland

The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) promotes cooperation for public health between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

Kings Fund  (UK)

The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate.

Mental Health Commission  (IRL)

National Drug Treatment Reporting System  (IRL)

The National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) is an epidemiological database on treated drug and alcohol misuse in Ireland.

National Youth Health Programme   (IRL)

The National Youth Health Programme is a partnership between the National Youth Council of Ireland, the Health Service Executive and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. We aim is to provide a broad-based, flexible health promotion / education support and training service to youth organisations and to all those working with young people in out-of-school settings.

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development – Health Policies & Data

World Health Organisation

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An Garda Siochana (IRL)

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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Centre for Effective Services  (IRL)

We connect policy, practice and research helping to ensure the implementation of effective services, to improve the lives of people across the island of Ireland.

Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS)  (SCO)

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (Iriss) is a charitable company with a mission to “promote positive outcomes for the people who use Scotland’s social services by enhancing the capacity and capability of the social services workforce to access and make use of knowledge and research for service innovation and improvement

Practice and Research Together (PART)  (CAN)

PART (Practice & Research Together) is a Canadian membership-based organization. Our mission and mandate is to link research to child welfare practice. We achieve this goal by promoting practice, organizational and systemic change.

Research in Practice

We aim to enable safer decision-making, more effective resource allocation and robust child-centred practice. Research in Practice provides professionals with a range of resources and learning opportunities to support their efforts to improve the lives of children and families.

Social Policy Research Unit (UK)

The Social Policy Research Unit has an international reputation for excellence in research in social policy, especially health and social care, poverty, welfare and social work.

UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre

Founded in 2007 with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies and the Health Services Executive,and as part of the Institute for Lifecourse and Society with a base in the School of Political Science and Sociology, our Centre undertakes research, education and training in the area of Family Support and Youth Development with an emphasis on prevention and early intervention for children and young people experiencing adversity.

What Works for Children - Social Care  (UK)

The What Works for Children initiative works predominantly at the implementation end of the evidence-based agenda. Our work and project outputs are designed for those whose task it is to plan and deliver services.

  • How to make research available to those who provide or manage services.
  • How to make the available research meaningful.
  • How to get meaningful research into practice.

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British Association of Social Workers

Coalition of Care and Support Providers  (SCO)

CCPS is the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland. Our mission is to identify, represent, promote and safeguard the interests of third sector and not-for-profit social care and support providers in Scotland, so that they can maximise the impact they have on meeting social need.

European Association of Schools of Social Work

Focus Ireland

Irish Association of Social Workers

Scottish Care

Scottish Care is a membership organisation and the representative body for independent social care services in Scotland.

Scottish Social Services Council

Social Services Knowledge Scotland

Social Work Action Network (UK and Ireland)

Social Work Scotland

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Health and Social Care Professionals Council  (CORU)  (IRL)

Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA)  (IRL)

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