1800 212 477
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0808 234 1303
Freephone from the UK

How to Apply

Are you a Survivor?

Caranua is here to improve the lives of survivors of institutional abuse. We want to make a real difference to your life.

We will use funds from Irish religious congregations to address the health, housing and education needs of survivors living in Ireland and other parts of the world. 

We can help you by paying for services and equipment in the following areas:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Housing support
  • Education, learning and development

Making an application

This section provides some information on making an application to Caranua.

How do I know if I’m eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply, you must have spent time in an institution as a child, and received an award through settlement, Court or the Residential Institutions Redress Board in relation to your time in an institution. You can view the current Institutions that are covered.

How do I start the application process?

The first step in the application process is that we ask you to fill in the Application Form Part 1. When we have this information we will verify that you are eligible to apply to us and will be back in touch with you to tell you about the next steps, and to help you in any way we can. Please contact us (call 1800 212477 from Ireland, 0808 234 1303 from the United Kingdom and +353 1 8742277 from outside Ireland and the UK) and we will send you out a hard copy. 

I need someone to help me make an application. What are my options?

If you become or are unable to deal with your application or require some support, for whatever reason, there are two arrangements you can make to have someone else support you or do things on your behalf.

1. Nominated Person

There may be many reasons why you are unable to deal with your application. For example, you may be physically unable to obtain the required paperwork or you may acquire an illness or disability that limits your ability to manage your application. A nominated person can look after your application to Caranua when it is not suitable for you to do so.

What will my Nominated Person have to do?

The role of a nominated person is to act as the main contact during your application process. A nominated person may apply for services for you and can help represent your views and preferences about your application. The nominated person will be the first point of contact in relation to your application and will also be sent payments and any other correspondence regarding your application.

The nominated person should be familiar with the Caranua guidelines and have an understanding of what Caranua can and cannot do. This information can be found here Applying for Services - Everything you need to know about applying for support from Caranua

How will I choose my Nominated Person?

A nominated person should be a person you know and trust to deal with all aspects of your application to Caranua. They should also be familiar with your needs and commit to making suitable applications on your behalf.

2. Permission to Share Information 

If you wish to look after your own application but have the support of another person (e.g. a family member or a friend) who we can speak to, you may choose to complete our Permission to Share Information form instead. Please contact us to request this form. This form is also used to allow Caranua to speak to professionals or services you are linked in with (e.g. a doctor or a public health nurse) in relation to your application or otherwise. 


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Applicants Experiences

We have a section on our website where we post feedback we have received from survivors who have gone through the application process.

If you would like to read some of these 'Applicant's Experiences' please click here

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Information about Caranua

Caranua is an independent State Body set up to help people who, as children, experienced abuse in Institutions in Ireland and have received settlements, Redress Board or Court awards. Find out more about us through the links below.

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How can I keep up to date on what Caranua is doing.

You can keep up to date on issues that arise by visiting our news and events section on the website.

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