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Forensic Accompaniment

We provide Forensic Accompaniment to children/young people and their families who attend the Child & Adolescent Sexual Assault Treatment Service (CASATS) forensic unit in Galway & also Rotunda Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU), Dublin. 

In addition to our on-site Forensic accompaniment service CARI also provides an Aftercare Support Service to any adult involved in supporting a child through the forensic process. This service aims to support the parents/carers after their child has attended a forensic examination.

CARI prides itself on responding to the needs of those affected by child sexual abuse by providing continuously evolving services, such as our Forensic Accompaniment Service and our Forensic Aftercare Support Service.

 

Forensic Accompainment Services


Galway - Forensic Accompaniment in the Child and Adolescent Sexual Assault Treatment Service (CASATS)

CASATS is the only unit in Ireland to provide a 24-hour service for young people from ages 0-14,  who have been harmed by sexual abuse. CASATS provides an integrated forensic medical service for children and their families/carers involved. This service addresses the forensic needs of children, who are victims of rape, sexual assault or suspected child sexual abuse, either recent or historical abuse.

Our Galway Volunteers

Since 2014 we have been accompaning children and their families who have attended the CASATS forensic unit. This is provided by a 24-hour rota throughout the whole year.
During the family’s time at the unit they may have many questions and need emotional support. In addition to our on-site accompaniment service we also offer and provide our Aftercare Support Service to any adult involved in supporting a child through the CASATS process. Our Aftercare Support Service aims to support the family after their child has attended a forensic examination. This is a client led service and as such lasts for as long, or as short, as the family needs.

Dublin - Forensic Accompaniment in the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU), Rotunda 

SATU provides an integrated forensic medial service for young people from 11 – 14 years, who have been harmed by sexual abuse, who are victims of recent or historical rape, sexual assault or suspected child sexual abuse.

Our Dublin Volunteers
Since 2016  have accompanied children and their families who have attended the Dublin SATU. This is provided by a 24-hour rota throughout the whole year.

During the family’s time at the unit they may have many questions and need emotional support.  In addition to our on-site accompaniment service we also offer and provide our Aftercare Support Service to any adult involved in supporting a child through the forensic process. This service aims to support the family after their child has attended a forensic examination. This is a client led service and as such lasts for as long, or as short, as the family needs. 


When a child/young person attends the Galway CASATS or Dublin SATU for a forensic examination, it can be a very intense and traumatic time for all. Not only do the volunteers provide a supportive and informative assistance throughout the child/young person’s and their family’s time at the unit, part of their role is to facilitate the parent/guardian’s referral to our Aftercare Support Service.

Our Forensic Aftercare Support Service is offered to all adults involved in supporting a child after a forensic exam has taken place. Aftercare Support Service is a phone support that families can avail of, free of charge, which provides a client led, empathic and supportive space. If a person wishes to avail of this service, a Forensic Care Support Officer will contact them shortly after attendeding  CASATS/ Rotunda SATU. This service  helps families from feeling isolated and provides a space for an individual to clarify any questions they may have, e.g What do I do next? How can I help the child? etc. From our experience of working with families we understand there are some common themes that occur post examination such as anger, sadness, guilt, or shame, our aim is to ensure noone has to face these feelings alone.
If you would like to know more please contact Grace on 01 830 8529.