Child Victims of CSA continue to wait for Services and Justice
Speaking at the launch by Minister Charles Flanagan of CARI’s 2016 Annual Report CARI CEO Mary Flaherty stated, ‘Despite increase in therapeutic hours offered and child clients seen, waiting lists continue to grow in 2016 and waiting times continue to increase.’ In December 2016, there were 97 waiting for CARI therapy services. Many of these vulnerable children could be waiting up to a year at current capacity. This is unacceptable.’
CARI’s CASS and Helpline Manager Eve Farrelly says ‘In 2016 our accompaniment services expanded and we supported more children and families than ever. Our unique position of accompanying at the point of initial forensic examination and supporting cases that progress to criminal court we allow us to understand the different challenges that families face at different stages of criminal proceedings.’
Eve went on to say ‘the children that we support through the criminal trials have shown that children are still subject to excessive delays. We took 23 cases from 2016 and analysed their dateline. We found that children on average spend 5 years from between the crime taking place to the end of the criminal proceedings.’ Eve went on to say ‘It is our view that a 5-year time span out of a child’s life is too long. This excessive amount of time can lead to the secondary victimisation of our already extremely vulnerable.’
For further information please contact:
Mary Flaherty, CARI CEO
Eve Farrelly, CARI CASS and Helpline Manager
The EU Victims' Directive comes into effect in Ireland on 16th November 2015. The directive establishes standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime.
These rights include the right to information. This means that victims will now have a right to request a summary of reasons for a decision not to prosecute made by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on or after 16th November 2015. They will also have the right to ask for a review of a decision not to prosecute.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has prepared two information booklets explaining how they make decisions and how victims can ask for reasons and reviews. There is also a Victims and Witnesses section on their website at www.dppireland.ie