CARI provides child-centred therapy for children and adolescents who have been affected by sexual abuse. CARI also provides therapy to children, up to (and including) twelve year olds, who present with sexualised behaviours.
CARI is a post assessment therapy centre and child protection concerns must have been reported to the HSE before therapy can commence. However, we can see parents for ongoing support sessions while their child is awaiting and undergoing the HSE child sexual abuse assessment.
While CARI sees the child as the primary client of our work, we believe that it is important to work with the child’s family – his/her non-abusing parents and siblings – in order to effect any real change for the child. CARI will involve, where appropriate, extended family members who are in a position to assist in the child’s recovery – either by directly supporting a child or as a supportive ally to the parent/carer. If the child is in the care of the HSE, CARI will work with the foster parents, residential care staff and social worker responsible for the child.
Take a virtual tour of CARI HQ (Dublin) & CARI Limerick! View our play therapy rooms where children use a tray of sand and miniature figures to express their complex experiences and feelings. Through our work here, working with children who have experienced sexual abuse, we aim to provide the children with space where they are able to express feelings that they may not have words for. We do this through the medium of play, music, arts and fun – although sometimes children do experience feelings that are difficult i.e. of anger and frustration. So we are asking you good people to continue to support children and their families who have experienced sexual abuse.
CARI Limerick Centre
Therapy Room, CARI Limerick Centre
Criteria for referrals:
Children who have disclosed sexual abuse and whose disclosure have been investigated by the appropriate authorities.
Children who witness reported sexual assaults on a child or adult.
Siblings of the above
Children affected by information regarding sexual abuse of a child and/or who may have been the confidant of a disclosure provided that the relevant authorities have been informed.
Children who have engaged in inappropriate sexual behaviour with another child, provided that the relevant authorities have been informed.
The therapeutic team at CARI is made up of trained and experienced psychotherapists with clinical backgrounds including psychology, art therapy and play therapy. Each client is offered an appropriate therapy/treatment plan for their specific needs which is formed in conjunction with the allocated therapists, child and parents/carers. All therapists at CARI are child-centred and needs-led in their approach. All therapeutic work is clinically supervised by an external consultant, and subject to clinical line management.