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Parenting in Cork

General websites/contacts Supporting Parents & Children

  • Family Resource Centreshttps://www.familyresource.ie/# to locate if there is a family resource centre in your area. Family Resource Centres are great places to offer local information and support to parents and children.
  • School/Early Learning & Care / School Age Childcare Setting – Speak with your child’s teacher/Crèche staff they spend a great deal of time with your child and maybe able to offer advice and guidance on how to support them. Also check out www.helpmychildlearn.ie

  • Cork County Childcare Committee Information & support to parents on national childcare funding programmes e.g. ECCE (Free Preschool Scheme); National Childcare Scheme, Information and support to parents in accessing local childcare, information on local Parent & Toddler Groups. Signposting parents to relevant Information and support on childcare topics and issues. Check out www.corkchildcare.ie for further information.

  • Public Health Nurses and G.P.’s – Public Health Nurses and G.P.’s can also provide guidance and advice on your child’s wellbeing. Check out www.hse.ie to find your local public health nurse and G.P’s in your area.
  • Barnardos.ie – free information and guidance for parents, free booklets supporting parents and children on issues such as bullying, domestic violence, parental mental health, teen wellbeing, bereavement and addiction. Ring Barnardos parentline on 1800 910 123
  • Parenting24seven – free general everyday parenting advice for parents of children 0 to 18 years. A good reference guide with tips and ideas to support parents. See parenting24seven.ie
  • Parentline.ie – parentline offers support and guidance for parents with phone lines open, even if you just need someone to talk to. Contact LoCall 1890 927277.
  • Teenbetween.ie offers advice for teenagers of separated parents. They also provide advice for parents on supporting their teenagers as well as themselves.
  • SHEP based in Ballincollig (021) 4666180  http://www.socialandhealth.com/ - Shep provide low cost/no cost counselling services for adults and children over 8 years. They run free or affordable parenting programmes in a group setting. They also provide the Seasons for Growth Programme for parents impacted by loss or change such as bereavement and or separation.
  • The ISPCC provides a helpline for parents or members of the public who may be concerned about the welfare of a child and who need more information and support.
    This service is available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.  Call ISPCC Head Office on 01 6767960 for more information. More info available at

Childline - The Childline phone service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Childline receives thousands of calls every year.  These are answered by volunteers and staff who are trained to listen and understand young people. Young people contact the service for a wide range of reasons such as bullying, sexuality, everyday chat and lots of other issues. Call 1800 66 66 66 or www.childline.ie for further information.

  • www.Spunout.ie -  SpunOut.ie is a web based support for young people, they provide information on a range of different topics broken down into sections; education, employment, health, life and opinion.

Tusla Parenting website


Covid-19 Wellbeing Resources Children and Young People December 2020

Cork CYPSC have created a digital resource document with some information and supports, accurate as of September 2020. Thank you to our CYPSC Colleagues in Dublin City North & Fingal for sharing.The document includes links and resources to reassure children, young people and families that there is support and information available throughout this period of change. We recognise that many local services are providing support remotely. While this is not an exhaustive list of all resources or supports, we hope it provides a signposting tool to support children, young people, families, and services in the short-term. 

Updated information in relation to Covid-19 can be found on the HSE, Health Protection Surveillance Centre, and World Health Organisation websites. National advice from Governmental Departments and the HSE takes precedence and should be adhered to.

For Public Health Advice Information for people who have just arrived in Ireland, please click here. This booklet is also available in Slovak, Czech and Romanian available here, with further translations available soon. Further multi-lingual resources and materials are available here.

For Covid-19 service information and updates please click here

#HoldFirm - 'Together, we will hold firm for the people we love, things we miss, and the future we hope for'
The HSE have launched a new campaign called HoldFirm. Information can be found here, including details on how you and your organisation can help support the campaign and share the message. The rainbow has become a symbol of hope and support during the COVID-19 pandemic across the world. This is the visual identity of the campaign. Campaign assets are available here filed under ‘HoldFirm assets’. You can view the HoldFirm TV ad here.

Public Health Information
As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/ and https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/ .

Clinical and professional guidance relating to COVID-19 is available on www.hpsc.ie  where you’ll find up to date guidance for healthcare settings and non-clinical settings. Please also check here for the most up to date partner resources for COVID-19.

#In this Together Wellbeing Campaign - Here you will find lots of advice and tips on how you can look after your mental wellbeing, stay active and stay connected. In This Together draws together a huge range of activities that you can pursue in your home or your locality, by yourself or with family members or with friends online. There are ideas and activities for people of all ages.

Child Protection & Welfare
Given the sudden ‘invisibility’ of children in society due to the ‘stay at home’ measures, there is growing concern that avenues for children at risk to seek support (school, clubs, sports etc.) have narrowed dangerously and that society may no longer have eyes on, or sight of, the child. At this time in particular, it is important that all of us promote the welfare and safety of children.

Recognising when a child is being harmed can sometimes be hard and knowing when to talk to Tusla Child & Family Agency is important, click here for more information. If you are worried about a child please contact the  Cork Dedicated Contact Point  Telephone 021 4923493 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm)  

If a child is in immediate danger contact the Gardaí at 112/999 or www.garda.ie

Domestic, Sexual & Gender Based Violence Services

New Research from West Cork Women Against Violence Project


Domestic and/or sexual violence affects people across our society - from all walks of life, from all cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds and across all age groups. If you are experiencing domestic violence there is help available:

Garda Síochána (24 hours) 999/112 or your local Garda Station
Rape Crisis Centre National Helpline (24 hours) 1800 778888
Women's Aid Helpline (24 hours)
Language Interpretation Service 24hrs/7 Days
Womens Aid Online Chat Mon/Wed/Fri 7-10pm
For Deaf and Hard of Hearing Women 8am-8pm/7Days
1800 341 900
1800 341 900
Text 087 9597980
Safe Ireland - For up to date online information about local domestic violence support services and refuges SafeIreland.ie
AMEN Helpline for Men who experience Domestic Abuse 046 90 23 718
National Male Advice Line Mon & Weds 10am-6pm, Tue & Thurs 12-8pm, Fri, Sat & Sun 2-6pm. 1800 816 588

Click here for more information.


TUSLA CORK UPDATE NEWSLETTER # 6 - This Christmas Edition features submissions from our Community Partners reflecting on their respective responses to the Pandemic throughout the year. Click here to view the newsletter.

To view Newsletters 1-4 please click on the links below:

Tusla Child and Family Agency (CFA) has a statutory responsibility to promote the safety and well-being of children. Tusla CFA provides a range of universal and targeted services which include:

For more information on Tusla services please visit www.tusla.ie

Framework for Local Authorities - Community Support Response

Arrangements are currently being put in place in each local authority area to ensure all vulnerable members of our community are appropriately supported. Please click here for more information.

Please click the link for a PDF version: Covid-19 Stay Safe. Stay Well. CYPSC September 2020
Links to Posters:

  1. Primary School Poster 
  2. Post-Primary School Poster
  3. Hand Hygiene
  4. COVID 19 Information Poster
  5. Covid-19 multi-lingual Posters

Additional Resources:

Mental Health Supports and Services during Covid-19 - HSE

School Meals Programme - Guidance from DES for Schools 29.3.2020

Please click here for guidance on the School Meals Programme and click here for queries raised and clarification.