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Childline Online is for you to talk about anything you want. You don't have to have a problem or an issue, but if you do have a problem or an issue, you are welcome to talk about that. We are here to listen, not to tell you what to do or to give out to you. We don't always know what is best and we think you have the ability to make your own decisions. We can tell you about your rights and help you figure out how you can make sure your rights are respected, but everyone is different so we can't tell you exactly what's the best thing for you.

If you tell us something that makes us worried and you give us identifying information then we have a responsibility to pass this on. This means we may have to contact a Social Worker or the the Gardai. Under Children First Guidance 2011 it is the responsibility of the Gardai and the Social Work Department to ensure that young people are safe.

We cannot say what will happen if we do ring a Garda or a Social Worker, all that we can do is tell them what you have told us.

If you don't want us to ring the Gardai or Social Work Department, it's very important you don't give us any identifying information.

     
 
What do we mean by identifying information?
 
     
Identifying information is anything you tell us about yourself that means we could find you like:
   
 
  • Your first and second name
  • Where you go to school
  • Where you are in hospital
  • Your address
  • Your e-mail address
  • Your mobile or home phone number

We can not identify you with:
  •     Just your first name
  •     A nickname
  •     Your friends first names

If this is not clear, then you can chat to us on this website or you can ring us on 1800 66 66 66.