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:
A. To increase public and professional awareness of the existence of, and dynamics of, child sexual abuse.
B. To prevent child sexual abuse by providing information, support and training fro adults thus equipping them to better protect children.
C. To contribute to change in the responses made, and resources available to children and families affected by sexual abuse.
D. 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 issues press releases on related topics and contributes to radio and newspaper coverage and government legislation consultation processes. Some of the issues we campaigned on in 2011 are:
- Children’s Referendum
- 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 www.childrensrights.ie
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.
The Wheel www.wheel.ie
The Wheel is the national support and representative body for community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland.
Campaign for Children www.campaignforchildren.ie
Children’s Rights, Right Now. We want to build an Ireland in which children are heard and childhood is cherished.
National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA)
NOTA is a multi-disciplinary association whose aim is to support and promote work with sex offenders. This is an important child-protection campaign.
Telephone Helpline Association of Ireland www.helplines.org.uk
The THA is the umbrella organisation for not for profit helplines in the voluntary and public sectors across the UK and Ireland. We provide a range of training for anyone who uses the telephone or email to help, support or advice.
The Association for Agency based Counselling in Ireland (AACPI)
CARI is a founding member of the group of counselling services,originally called the Association for Agency based Counselling in Ireland (AACI -now AACPI). The Association for Agency-based Counselling in Ireland (AACPI) is an association of like-minded agencies who provide counselling services for people in communities across Ireland. AACPI member agencies uphold core-principles that define an agency-based approach to counselling. These core-principles shape and influence the counselling practice, administration, standards, and ethos of a centre or agency. We work together to develop standards of excellence for organisations providing counselling services with a wide and varied range of presenting issues to all in the community.