CARI’s primary aim is to provide therapy for children and young people who have been affected by child sexual abuse.
CARI also provides information, support and concealing to non-abusing parents, carers and siblings as appropriate.
CARI’S secondary aims are:
To undertake research about child sexual abuse.
While CARI focuses on service provision, it also strives to campaign on issues related to child sexual abuse. CARI contributes to radio and newspaper coverage and government legislation consultation processes.
Some of the issues we have previously campaigned on are:
Call for an Independent Legal Representation for victims in child sexual abuse cases
The Murphy Report into the Catholic Archdiocese of Cloyne
An Increase in Inappropriate Sexualised Behaviour in Children
3. Ferns 4 National Steering Committee
CARI is also represented on the Ferns 4 National Steering Committee and is committed to the proposed development of sexual abuse services which incorporates all resources currently applied across sectors to sexual abuse services into a single, national service which provides standardised, best practice models of service available from a network of Centres.
It is essential that the core components of sexual abuse services (Child Protection, Garda Investigation, Medical/Forensic Examination, Assessment, Therapy, Court Process) are integrated through a multiagency model. Children who have suffered sexual abuse must be provided with an accessible, child friendly and seamless service and this model can provide the foundations for an excellent service. However, additional resources will be required to make this happen (July 2012)
CARI rely on our involvement in networks to increase our advocacy in order to impact change on behalf of our clients. Networking creates invaluable ways of impacting our clients.
Children’s Rights Alliance
The Children’s Rights Alliance is a coalition of over 90 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working to secure the rights and needs of children in Ireland.
Campaign for Children
National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA)
Telephone Helpline Association of Ireland
The Association for Agency based Counselling in Ireland (AACPI)
CARI was a last resort by my daughter has come on leaps and bounds.