Are you a Survivor

Applications to Caranua

Update on Application timelines

This letter from our CEO Rachel Downes gives an update on Caranua application timelines.

Caranua is no longer accepting new applications from survivors for financial supports however we can help to connect you with organisations that may be able to help you now or in the longer term. If you are interested in this type of support please contact us by phone, email or post. Our office hours are 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.


Caranua can offer support, information, advice and advocacy services to survivors. The help we provide will depend on the needs and circumstances of each survivor eligible to apply to Caranua.


If you have an open application with Caranua how can we help you?

We use funds from Irish religious congregations to address the health, housing and education needs of survivors. We help survivors by providing funding supports for services and equipment in the following areas:

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


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

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.


Useful Downloads

Applying for Services – Everything you need to know about applying for support from Caranua
You can download the Applying for Services booklet here. This is the version updated in June 2016.
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Useful Links

Frequently Asked Questions
This section answers some frequently asked questions on the application process.

Institutions Covered
This will give you more information on Institutions covered.


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


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.

Timeline of Caranua
This is a timeline of events that gives context to the history behind Caranua


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.

News and Events

We add articles to the news section of our website when issues arise that you might be interested in.