Finding someone to talk to is important; finding the right person is vital to get the help you need

April 09, 2021

You may have been listening to the radio, reading a paper, hearing about your favourite sport or listening to a podcast and heard or read something upsetting. It might have triggered a memory, or you may know someone who is dealing with a difficulty?

Sometimes you might just be worried about a child or young person and uncertain where to go or who to talk to. Please find someone trusted to talk to.

We have some suggestions below; there are supports to help you, or to guide you in reporting something that has been harmful.

You also can also talk someone you trust, perhaps someone in your club, your region or at national level. If you don’t know where to turn, contact Kate Hills, our National Children’s Officer; any discussion for help will be in confidence and Kate can help you find the right place to be. Just so you do know – if Kate hears anything about a child or young person being harmed this needs to be acted on.

We should all have someone we can turn to, our children and young people, adults, - people like you and me.

We will also add to these supports as new information comes up – so please check back here or contact Kate if there is something you have found useful.

Latest News

Following concern about reports of abuse in schools in the UK, the NSPCC have released a free and anonymous helpline for children and young people who have experienced abuse at school. It is also accessible for parents/carers and professionals who need support and guidance.

Report Abuse in Education Helpline: 📞 0800 136 663 or (this is for UK only)

Supports and Contacts

In Northern Ireland:

The NSPCC Childline counsellors are there for young people who need somewhere to turn to.

📞 phone - 0800 1111

💻 online -

If you’re worried about a child or young person, or see something that just doesn’t seem right, the @NSPCC helpline is there to help. Find out how you talk to them about anything you’re concerned via Helping Adults Protect Children |

In Republic of Ireland:

Childline can be contacted by any child or young person by calling 1800 66 66 66, texting to 50101 or chatting online at 24 hours a day, every day. Childline is Ireland’s 24-hour national listening service for all children and young people (under the age of 18) in Ireland. It is private, confidential and non-judgemental and can be contacted for free from anywhere in Ireland.

The ISPCC’s Support Line service can be contacted by email or between 9am – 1pm Monday – Friday by calling 01 522 4300. The ISPCC Support Line provides a confidential listening service, offering information, advice and emotional support to members of the public who contact us on any issue in relation to child protection and welfare. offers online counselling and/or support groups for young people aged 12 – 17 as well as adults 18+

HSE National Counselling or 1850 241 850 will help you find the right local number to for confidential counselling for adults.

Connect, the National Adults Counselling Service or Freephone 1800 477 477 (ROI) or 00800 477 477 77 (NI) to speak to a Counsellor. CONNECT is for any adult who has experienced abuse, trauma or neglect in childhood. The service is also available to partners or relatives of people with these experiences.

Reporting Concerns

You can talk with social workers to help you decide on what to do with the information you have.

If would like to talk contact a social worker or report something you have seen that you are concerned about.

Mental Health Supports

There are support services across the island of Ireland that can help with your questions, concerns or just to give you information.

The various Mental Health Services provide a wide range of mental health supports.

And we are here to listen …

The Head of Safeguarding, Ethics and Youth Development, Kate Hills can be contacted if you are unsure about who to turn to.

Additional Resources

A short video intended to help children if they are the victim of violence – we need to encourage young people to talk to a trusted person to get help: is a really useful website from the NSPCC providing information on loads of apps, games and social media sites