Cumann na Daoine

A community based organisation in Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Barnardos: Supporting Families

We have launched our new Barnardos National Parent Supportline which is available to any parent or family who needs support.  Information it is available at

Parents can talk directly to one of our qualified staff who will offer them practical support and guidance in their role as parents during the Covid-19 crisis.

Barnardos provides practical and emotional supports to children and parents in its 41 centres, in families’ own homes, through the school environment, and within communities across Ireland. Last year we worked with over 20,000 children, young people and their families. The government’s response to Covid-19 has meant that normal routines and sources of support are currently unavailable to many families. Through our dedicated telephone supportlineBarnardos staff can provide support and advice to parents on the following issues:

  • How to talk to your children about the corona virus
  • Setting a good routine
  • Managing children’s behaviours and sibling dynamics
  • Managing aggression and family discord
  • Home schooling/managing school expectations.
  • Fostering natural learning opportunities in the home
  • Healthy eating
  • Accessing fun and educational activities for families and individual children
  • Managing your child’s worries
  • Self-care for parents
  • Helping parents manage their own worries and anxieties
  • Managing children’s online activity

Barnardos also provides specialist services and support in relation to bereavement, adoption and fostering.

Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Service

Bereavement Helpline 01 4732110

Barnardos Bereavement Helpline is open from 10am-2pm Monday to Thursday

  • Offering information and advice in relation to how to support children through bereavement
  • Open to members of the public and professionals who are in contact with bereaved children

Covid-19 Concerns

Adults who are concerned about talking with children and young people about a loved one who has contracted or died from Covid 19 are welcome to call for advice and support.

Parents/carers who are seeking advice on how to support young people through the death of a loved one, but who are not able to attend the funeral service due to current restrictions are also welcome to call.

Fully trained staff operate the Helpline