In March 2018 there were 2,691 children waiting for mental health services, at the same time there were 29,481 children waiting for speech and language services. Significant delays in accessing treatment can have profound, long lasting impact on a child’s health, development and well-being.

We’re looking to gather stories and experiences of children trying to access public health services in Ireland. Stories submitted will be shared publicly and anonymously as part of a campaign later this year calling for solutions to the waiting list crisis. If you’re interested in sharing your child’s story, please click the start button below (you can exit the survey at any time).

By submitting your story you are agreeing for it to be shared publicly by Barnardos as part of our waiting list campaign. Please note, not all stories submitted will be used in our campaign. Stories which are selected may be edited but will always be presented in a truthful, respectful and anonymous way. We will keep any identifying information completely confidential. If you have any questions or queries please contact advocacy@barnardos.ie or (01) 7080489.

Thank you for sharing your experience.

How satisfied are you that your child's needs have been met? (1 = very unsatisfied, 5 = very satisfied)

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* 2. How satisfied are you that your child's needs have been met? (1 = very unsatisfied, 5 = very satisfied)

Please tell us the details of your child's experience.
Useful information could include your child's age and the service they are / were trying to access, a timeline of events, the duration of wait times for individual appointments, the physical and / or emotional impact on your child and family.

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* 3. Please tell us the details of your child's experience.
Useful information could include your child's age and the service they are / were trying to access, a timeline of events, the duration of wait times for individual appointments, the physical and / or emotional impact on your child and family.

Please provide your contact details in the event we need to contact you.
Please note that your contact details will be kept completely confidential and will only be used in the event we need to contact you in relation to your submission. For information about how we handle your data, please read our privacy statement at www.barnardos.ie/privacy.

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* 4. Please provide your contact details in the event we need to contact you.
Please note that your contact details will be kept completely confidential and will only be used in the event we need to contact you in relation to your submission. For information about how we handle your data, please read our privacy statement at www.barnardos.ie/privacy.

Would you be interested in speaking publicly about your child's experience or acting as a spokesperson for this campaign?
If you indicate yes, a member of the advocacy team will contact you in due course.

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* 5. Would you be interested in speaking publicly about your child's experience or acting as a spokesperson for this campaign?
If you indicate yes, a member of the advocacy team will contact you in due course.

Would you like to join our email mailing list to stay informed about this campaign and other areas of our work?
For information about how we handle your data, please read our privacy statement at www.barnardos.ie/privacy.

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* 6. Would you like to join our email mailing list to stay informed about this campaign and other areas of our work?
For information about how we handle your data, please read our privacy statement at www.barnardos.ie/privacy.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

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* 7. Is there anything else you'd like to add?

By submitting your story you are agreeing for it to be shared publicly by Barnardos as part of our waiting list campaign. Please note, not all stories submitted will be used in our campaign. Stories which are selected may be edited but will always be presented in a truthful, respectful and anonymous way. We will keep any identifying information completely confidential. Please note that Barnardos adheres to Children First – National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017). If you have any questions, queries or concerns please contact advocacy@barnardos.ie or (01)7080489.

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* 8. By submitting your story you are agreeing for it to be shared publicly by Barnardos as part of our waiting list campaign. Please note, not all stories submitted will be used in our campaign. Stories which are selected may be edited but will always be presented in a truthful, respectful and anonymous way. We will keep any identifying information completely confidential. Please note that Barnardos adheres to Children First – National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017). If you have any questions, queries or concerns please contact advocacy@barnardos.ie or (01)7080489.

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