CARI Volunteers


 ‘’From Compassion to Action’’


CARI Volunteer Process 




Open Night 

The Open Night is the first step in our volunteer recruitment drive. Members of CARI and forensic unit will present a background and overview of the services involved.  It further provides the interested candidates with an overall insight into the process of becoming a forensic accompaniment officer, from training to attending the unit and offering the candidate an opportunity to clarify any questions. A schedule of the interview dates will be provided and training dates.


Application Process 

We invite those interested to forward a C.V.   and interview dates are arranged.



Interviews dates are arranged with candidates.  The candidate is informed by letter of the interview outcome.  If the candidate is successful, their next process is a two-weekend training programme.  We do not award the position to an applicant until after the training and closing, reflective interview.

Reference Check 

We ask for two references whom we contact.

Training Course 

Our training process is over two weekends, which takes place on a Saturdays & Sundays, beginning from approx. 10am-3.30pm.   

Garda Vetting 

In line with current legislation our volunteers must be undergo Garda vetting. We supply the relevant Garda vetting forms, the applicant will complete and attached relevant I.D.  This completed forms will be given over to CARI Garda vetting officer.  Any further queries will be address by CARI vetting officer. 


Closing Interview 

After the second and final training weekend, a closing, reflective interview takes place.  This gives a space for CARI and the candidate to reflect on positives, concerns or questions regarding  the role and any dynamics that may have raised from the training.


Sign Volunteer Agreement 

On the closing interview all volunteers must sign CARI documents agreeing to comply with CARI’s policies on Child Protection, Data Protection, Confidentiality, Supervision, and ongoing training. Photo will be required for I.D badges.


Become a CARI Volunteer 

Once Garda vetting has been processed and passed the forensic accompaniment officer is sent a 3-monthly rota and will provide their availability.  Volunteer will be give 4 shifts a month, but we encourage volunteers to include as many shifts as possible, to allow flexibility with other volunteer’s availability, to give more coverage in the rota. Although the forensic accompaniment officer must be available for the entirety of their shift, they only attend the unit when a child/young person is attending. 

Galway CASATS services are divided into AM shift = 8am – 4pm

                     PM shift = 4pm – 8 am


Dublin SATU services are divided into       AM shift = 7am – 7pm

                                                                    PM shift = 7pm – 7am

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