Other useful information and Irish support services
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One in Four is an Irish charity supporting adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. They provide programmes to help adults who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, and work with all aspects of sexual violence in an effort to break the cycle of abuse. One in Four also run prevention initiatives such as the Phoenix Programme.
CARI - Children at Risk in Ireland, an Irish charity providing clinical services to child victims of sexual abuse.
Childline operated by ISPCC , the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, provides a 24/7 active listening service across phone, text and online for any child or young person (up to 18 years of age) concerned about something they have encountered online, or other issues.
Webwise is the Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre, part of the Professional Development Service for Teachers, a Department of Education funded support service. They offer free educational resources, advice, and training modules for students, parents, and teachers. A few resources below:
- https://www.webwise.ie/beinctrl/ – Be in Ctrl was created in partnership with An Garda Síochána seeks to inform school leaders and teachers about the online sexual coercion and extortion of children and how a school can address this issue, in collaboration with students' parents. The resource contains three lessons to support schools as they address the issue in the context of the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) programme.
- https://www.webwise.ie/lockers/ – An information and education resource, it assists schools in coping with and preventing the sharing of explicit self-generated images of minors. Intended for use with Junior Cycle SPHE classes, Lockers is supported by two animations and six lesson plans.
- https://www.webwise.ie/parents – Parental supports that provides guides to issues such as consent and sexting.
Barnardos Ireland provides support for children, young people and families in need.
Tusla is the Child and Family Agency comprising HSE Children and Family Services, the Family Support Agency and the National Educational Welfare Board as well as incorporating some psychological services and a range of services responding to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. It also provides information and services for children who have been victims of sexual abuse, in addition neglectful, emotional, and physical abuse. Furthermore, Tusla provide directions for how to make a report, should you believe a child you know has been subjected to abuse.
Activelink works with non-profit organisations, and it provides an overview of a number of services across Ireland that victims of sexual violence can access should they wish to obtain support or treatment.
The Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime is an independent body which operates under the aegis of the Department of Justice. It provides an overview of services available throughout the country in addition to emergency contact information for various agencies.