It's been a busy time for One Family, and one that has been touched by sadness as we said goodbye to our friend and colleague, Sherie de Burgh, who passed away peacefully in February after a long illness. Sherie joined One Family in 2004 as Director of Counselling Services, having developed the IFPA’s crisis pregnancy counselling service previously. She was a visionary whose life’s work truly made a difference. Our thoughts remain with Sherie's son, Dorje, her family and friends. We thank colleagues in the sector and beyond who have shared their condolences and memories. 

Our Spring schedule of programmes for parents and for professionals has started with courses running in Cork, Dublin and Limerick. Recruitment is now open for a number of upcoming courses too, including online parenting programmes.

Over 1,000 parents who share parenting responded to our Shared Parenting Survey. Read what they told us and our policy recommendations in our report and find out more below.

We presented to the Joint Committee for Social Protection to highlight our continued concerns about the challenges one-parent families have to contend with, and responded to the latest Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) which shows that one-parent families still experience the highest rates of poverty in Ireland.

One Family was founded as Cherish, in that time when pregnant unmarried women were ‘sent away’, by a small group of unmarried mothers who were raising their babies themselves in very difficult circumstances. Our founding member Maura O'Dea Richards responded to what has become known about Tuam Mother and Baby Home in this statement.

Continue reading for more news and details.

Programmes for Parents

We have a number of different courses for parents currently open for recruitment:

  • Parenting When Separated in The elbowroom, Dublin 7, evenings from 21 March.
  • Family Communications: Coping with Family Life and Communications with Teenagers in One Family, Dublin 2, mornings from 22 March.
  • 8 week online courses: Family Communications and Positive Parenting, both starting in April.
To find out more about these courses and to book your place, click here.

Programmes for Professionals

We also have courses designed for professionals who work with parents, children and families in one-to-one or group situations currently open for recruitment:

  • Supporting Separating Parents to Successfully Share Parenting on 22 March 2017 in Raheen, Limerick.
  • Family Communications: Coping with Family Life and Communication with Teenagers from 3-5 May in UCD, Dublin.
To find out more about and to book your place, click here.

Shared Parenting Report Launch

We launched the results of Ireland's first national Shared Parenting Survey on Monday 30 January in Dublin's Mansion House.
Click on the image on the left to read the full report, Ireland's first national Shared Parenting Survey: Results & Recommendations, which includes quotes from many of the 1,014 parents who voiced their experiences, opinions on what needs to happen in policy and services to support parents to successfully share parenting, and our policy recommendations.

Pictured (left to right) at the launch of the report in the Mansion House are event speakers Dr Geoffrey Shannon, Special Rapporteur on Child Protection and Child Law Expert; Karen Kiernan, One Family CEO; Iseult White, Chair of One Family Board; Samantha Dunne, currently sharing parenting; Keith Walsh, Chair of the Law Society of Ireland Family and Child Law Committee, Solicitor and Mediator; and Josepha Madigan, TD and Family Law Solicitor.

Joint Oireachtas Committee 

One Family was invited to address the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection and welcomed the opportunity to highlight to the Committee members the needs of people parenting alone or sharing parenting. We focused on child poverty, issues with non-payment of child maintenance, in-work supports and access to education. Our overarching message was that the Department of Social Protection must work closely with One Family, other interest groups and other Government Departments to ensure that the unacceptably high levels of poverty experienced by many one-parent families are addressed and to design a social welfare system where work pays. The importance of affordable and accessible childcare and long term housing are central in achieving this. 

You can watch the presentation here.

Survey on Income & Living Conditions (SILC)

One Family responded to the latest figures released from the Survey on Income & Living Conditions (SILC) with alarm as it shows that one-parent families are almost four times more likely than two-parent households to live in consistent poverty.

Deprivation is the inability to afford at least two basic necessities, from a list of 11, such as going 24 hours without a substantial meal or being cold because parents are unable to afford to heat the home. Of those living in households with one adult and one or more children aged under 18, 57.9% suffered deprivation in 2015. This shocking evidence of poverty underlines concerns that these families are being left behind. 

Read our full response here.
One Family believes in an Ireland where every family is cherished equally, and enjoys the social, financial and legal equality to create their own positive future.
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