Therapy & Support for Children affected by Child Sexual Abuse
CARI (Children at Risk in Ireland) provides child-centred therapy for children & adolescents who have been affected by sexual abuse. CARI also provides therapy to children, up to 12 years of age, who present with sexually harmful behaviour.
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News & Events
CARI Ireland Advice to Parents and Caregivers Child sexual abuse in Ireland is an ongoing crisis, with over 225 children as young as 3 years of age waiting for therapy services. That’s according to Children at Risk Ireland (CARI), the leading agency offering...
Leading Limerick 5 Star Hotel, The Savoy, is holding their New Year’s Eve Gala Ball in aid of the CARI Foundation this year, says managing director, Ronan Branigan. “CARI supports the most vulnerable in our society, children who have been sexually abused, and it is a...
Johann Callaghan, Child Sexual Abuse Survivor, was interviewed on Morning Ireland this week, along with CARI’s very own National Head of Therapy, Emer O’Neill and General Manager, Colm O’Brien – 6 mins – have a listen.
Frequently Asked Questions
When was CARI established?
The CARI Foundation was established in 1989.
Why was CARI established?
CARI was established to address the needs of children, families and groups affected by child sexual abuse, regardless of means and provide a child centred specialised therapy and assist the recovery process.
Who founded CARI?
CARI was founded by a group of medical, business and lay people concerned about the absence of services for children who were beginning to disclose their experiences of child sexual abuse. The very first services for women had just been set up and Ireland was only beginning to acknowledge the level of sexual crime in the country. The original founders hoped that CARI would provide a comprehensive service for children and families facing the consequences of experiencing sexual abuse.
What is the CARI philosophy?
CARI believes that children have a right to a service that respects their freedom of expression and right to child centred services. CARI respects the strength and resilience of children and design our services to build on this strength, enabling children to grow into adulthood defined not by their abusive experiences but by their individuality and creativity.
What is the current level of service provision for children affected by CSA?
Inadequate funding means that CARI’s services are limited. However, we aim to provide a service throughout Ireland and have already launched our first outreach centre in the south east. We believe children, teenagers and families affected by child sexual abuse should not have to travel more than an hour to access therapy services.
In order to reach this level of service, we need more State funding and help from the community to raise money to meet the funding shortfall.