Caranua has been established to improve the lives of survivors of institutional abuse.

Funds from Irish religious congregations are being used to address the health, housing and education needs of survivors living in Ireland and other parts of the world.

Caranua was established under the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act, 2012 with the aim of providing support to people who, as children, experienced abuse in institutions in Ireland. The institutions were run by religious congregations and funded and regulated by the State. Those religious congregations are responsible for the provision of funds to Caranua and have pledged €110 million.

Caranua is responsible for managing these funds to secure improvements in the wellbeing of eligible survivors, living in Ireland and other parts of the world including Australia, by paying for services for survivors in the areas of health, education and housing.

As an independent state body, Caranua is subject to the requirements of its founding legislation. We are committed to being an open, transparent and accountable organisation and we aim to protect the right of everyone who contacts us to privacy and confidentiality and have organised many of our policies and procedures around ensuring that this happens.

Our aims and values are intended to inform and underpin all of our activities and ensure that we would be as flexible and open as possible in meeting needs. Our aims are to:

  • Improve the wellbeing of survivors who are eligible for our services.

  • Make sure any person using our services feels empowered, enabled and satisfied.

  • Build understanding of the effects of institutional abuse among policy makers, service providers and the public.

  • Help other service providers to recognise and respond effectively to the needs of survivors.

The values, which drive our responses to survivors are:

  • Survivors needs first: We put the needs of survivors at the heart of everything we do.

  • Compassion and respect: We believe survivors are entitled to compassion, respect and dignity.

  • Open and fair: We will be open and fair in our dealings.

  • Confidentiality: We respect and promote the right to privacy and confidentiality of anyone in contact with us.

  • Authenticity: We will be honest about what we can and cannot do.

  • Equality: We are impartial and offer equal access to anyone using our services.

  • Excellence: Caranua strives to achieve excellence and high quality in everything we do and to make best use of the Fund.

  • Partnership: Carnanua works on building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders inlcuding survivor support groups and other voluntary and public bodies to ensure that survivors get services of real benefit and that we make best use of the Fund.

Who is Eligible to apply to Caranua

Under our legislation, to be eligible to apply to Caranua, individuals must have spent time in an institution as a child and have received financial redress through the Residential Institutions Redress Board, legal settlements or the Irish Courts.

What We Can Do

We aim to improve the wellbeing of survivors. Wellbeing is about being physically and mentally well, being socially active, connected and self-fulfilled. The needs of individual survivors is at the heart of everything we do. The help we provide depends on the needs and circumstances of each individual and the areas we can help with are:

  • Health and Wellbeing;
  • Housing Support; and
  • Education, Learning and Development.

Caranua is here to improve the lives of survivors of institutional abuse. We want to make a real difference to your life.   If you think that you might be eligible to apply to the fund please contact us:

Phone +353 1 874 2277

Please note that this is not a Freephone number from outside Ireland and the UK, but if you call Caranua, we can call you back to reduce the cost of the call to you. If you get through to our voicemail, please leave your number and let us know if it is ok for us to leave a voicemail message for you.

Email: info@caranua.i
Address: Caranua, PO Box 12477, Dublin 1, Ireland.

Our office hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday (Irish time).