CARI Safeguarding Statement

 CARI is a voluntary organisation providing child centred specialised therapy and support to children, families and groups affected by child sexual abuse. 

CARI has two full time centres based in Dublin and Limerick.  CARI staff comprises of a total of 51 personal.  

CARI Dublin.
110 Lower Drumcondra Rd,
Dublin 9.
Tel: 018308529

CARI Limerick.
CARI House.
Ennis Rd,
Limerick.
Tel: 061582224

  • CARI provides therapy to children up to 18 years who have experienced child sexual abuse.
  • CARI provides therapy to children up to (and including) twelve years old, who present with sexually harmful behaviour.  
  • CARI provides a child accompaniment support service (CASS).  CASS service aims to provide both emotional and practical support to children who are witnesses in any criminal trial.   
  • CARI provides accompaniment at CASATS (Child and Adolescent Sexual Assault Treatment Service) in Galway and also at Rotunda SATU (Sexual Assault Treatment Unit) in Dublin.   Each child and family will have a fully trained, Garda vetted volunteer present during their time at the unit to provide emotional and practical support.    

CARI is committed to protecting children from harm.  Management and staff in this organisation recognise that the welfare of children is paramount and our service endeavour to safeguard children.  CARI aims to create a safe and healthy environment for the young people with whom we work and we are committed at all times to ensure the safety and welfare of children. CARI operates within the National Children’s First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children. CARI believes in promoting the general welfare, health, development and safety of children. The welfare of children is of paramount importance. 

CARI’s Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, the Children First: National Guidance, and TUSLA’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice. In addition to the procedures listed in our risk assessment, the following procedures support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our service.  

CARI Child Protection Policies include: 

  • Recruitment and selection of staff, volunteers, therapists, board members and fundraisers.
  • Code of behaviour
  • Staff and volunteer training
  • Confidentiality 
  • Record keeping
  • Issues regarding children’s parents and family
  • Working in partnership
  • Definition and recognition of child abuse
  • Reporting child abuse concerns to the Designated Person
  • Reporting suspected child abuse to the statutory authorities 
  • Allegations of child abuse against employees or volunteers additional procedures
  • Comments, compliments and complaints other than allegations of abuse
  • Accident and incidents
  • Procedure for provision of and access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm 
  • A clear reporting procedure to respond to concerns around children’s welfare and safety.
  • A code of behaviour for staff and volunteers.
  • A safe recruitment procedure
  • A procedure to respond to accidents 
  • A procedure to respond to complaints
  • CARI therapists are all mandated persons.
  • Have a Designated Liaison Person and a Child Protection Officer.
  • Provide induction training around CARI’s child protection policy
  • Provide supervision and support for staff and volunteers in contact with children
  • Share information about the child protection policy and good practices with families and children 
  • Reviewing CARI’s child protection policy and practices on a regular basis

All CARI policies are available upon request.

Risk assessment 

We have carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while availing of our services. The following is a list of the risks identified and the list of procedures for managing these risks.

Implementation 

We recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Our service is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while availing of our service. This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed on February 2022, or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers. 

Relevant Person Relevant Person

Dublin office:
Monique Mc Evoy,
CARI House,
110 Lower Drumcondra Road,
Drumcondra,
Dublin 9.
Tel:  018308529

Limerick office:
Monica Murphy,
Psychotherapist,
CARI House,
Limerick.
Tel:  061582224

Providers name:

CARI
110 Lower Drumcondra Road,
Drumcondra.
Dublin 9.

 Signed: 

Monica Murphy,
National Clinical Director.