Our work in Northern Ireland

We’re working to keep children safe in Northern Ireland. You can help us be there to support every child that needs us.

We’re making life better for children in Northern Ireland by influencing public policy, legislation and practice through our local evidence-based research and services.

Together, we can keep children safe in Northern Ireland.

Our Hubs in Northern Ireland

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We have service centres in Belfast and Foyle where we work with children, families and professionals. We support parents and families in caring for their children and provide therapeutic assistance to help children move on from abuse.

You can find out more information about our services below.


Young Witness Service

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Going to court as a witness can be difficult at any age, but for children it can be a really scary experience.

In Northern Ireland, we run the Young Witness Service. This partnership provides support and assistance to children and young people under 18-years-old who have to attend court as witnesses in Northern Ireland. It's free, independent and confidential.

Our team assists children and young people under 18 years old who have to attend court as prosecution witnesses. It operates in every local crown, magistrates and youth court in Northern Ireland.

Last year in Northern Ireland the Young Witness Service helped 584 children and young people.

Find out more


Testimonials from young witnesses:

“I couldn’t have been made to feel any more comfortable in this centre and staff have been amazing support throughout the trial. I hope that anyone using the service will feel at ease when leaving as we have”.

“I think without the support I would not have coped."

"Absolutely amazing super friendly and very understanding, makes the experience less stressful."

Our impact in Northern Ireland

We provide services across Northern Ireland to help give children and young people the support they need to thrive.


Last year:

  • We worked directly with 778 children and families in Northern Ireland, delivering services such as In Ctrl.

  • Our Childline volunteers delivered counselling sessions to an estimated 4,100 children and young people in Northern Ireland.

  • 43,361 children in 189 schools took part in our Speak out, Stay safe programme in Northern Ireland.

  • We delivered 19 child protection training courses to 40 organisations in Northern Ireland.

Local campaigns

We work in partnerships with communities to devise and deliver local safeguarding campaigns which respond to local needs on topics such as youth-led bullying campaigns and neglect.

Last year we delivered local campaigns to 2,800 professionals, adults and children in Northern Ireland.

Campaigns we deliver locally include:

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Look, Say, Sing, Play is a set of resources that encourage higher quality interaction between parents and their babies, with tips that can be easily incorporated into everyday routines.



Talk PANTS helps children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.



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Contact Us

Belfast Hub

The Lanyon Building
First Floor, Unit 7
Jennymount Business Park
North Derby Street
BT15 3HN

Foyle Hub

Exchange House
1st Floor
Queens Quay
Co Derry
BT48 7AS

NI hub tel: 02820441650
[email protected]

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