CARI open new Dublin based therapy centre

by Alison O'Hanlon
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CARI opened their new Dublin based therapy centre to help children who have fallen victim to sexual abuse. The event celebrate this amazing accomplishment, as Ireland’s leading charity in child sexual abuse is now able to work with more children and their families in person.

The new Dublin offices will house five different therapy rooms which will allow staff to work directly with children and their families in safe and comfortable surroundings. These five therapy rooms will include rooms specifically for teenagers, young children and nonoffending families to ensure that children affected by child sexual abuse will receive the targeted support that they deserve. 

A Mother of a child impacted child sexual abuse who attended on the evening: said ‘I gained wisdom and strength from listening to you and I no longer feel alone’

CARI was established in 1989 and now provides an average of 4,600 hours of therapy per year from its centres in Limerick and Dublin. As well as offering child and adolescent therapy, it operates a national Careline – a specialised, confidential service which is often the first point of contact – and provides parental support services for non-offending parents. CARI also provides therapy to children up to the age of 12 who present with sexually harmful behaviour. 

Enabling one child and family get to the point where they are equipped to cope with the trauma imposed upon them, following a devastating CSA disclosure, takes on average one year of weekly therapy sessions where the child works with one therapist and the non-offending carer(s) with another therapist separately – but concurrently – and costs approximately €10,000. 

One in five people in Ireland experience an incidence of abuse in childhood. Child sexual abuse happens to children in every kind of family and community background, regardless of age, gender or race, and up to 90% of children will develop mental health issues by the time they are 18. 

• CARI is a registered charity, established in 1989 to address the needs of children and families affected by child sexual abuse, regardless of means and to provide childcentered, specialised therapy to assist the recovery process. 

• CARI provides an average of 4,600 hours of therapy per year, working with approximately 52 families per year, made up of children and non-offending carers. 

• CARI is currently dependent on State funding from Tusla, as well as relying on community and corporate fundraising to deliver our core services. 

• In 2020 the charity’s income was 3% lower than the previous year, at 

€778,392. Meantime the waiting list in the same year grew by 114%. 

• 2020 fundraised income was lower than previous year due to the impact of Covid-19 with just 18% generated by CARI’s fundraising activities (35% of the charity’s income was generated by fundraising in 2019). 

Feature Image: The Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon with Emer O’Neill CARI National Head of Therapy at the opening of the new CARI Dublin Therapy Centre.
Picture: Fintan Clarke

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