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As Autumn sets in

we're preparing for a very busy month ahead. This Monday, 29 September, we will publish our Annual Review 2013, with - for the first time ever - a video launch. Make sure to visit our site on Monday to watch it. We are busy lobbying on our Budget 2015 demands, and we're hosting a very special seminar during National Parents Week. More details are below but first, here's a quick summary of some of what's been happening recently.

Today we welcome the publication of the Children & Family Relationships Bill 2014. The Bill is a major step to recognising family diversity and change in Ireland but to work, it requires investment. Read our response here.
We congratulated our Board member Sinéad Gibney on the announcement of her appointment as Director of The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC). The appointment of our CEO, Karen Kiernan, to the Advisory Council being established by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs under Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020, was also announced. Our Director of Policy & Programmes, Stuart Duffin, was invited to address the II International Conference on Family and Society - Family and Sustainable Development, hosted by the Institute for Advanced Family Studies in the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Barcelona this week.
Growing Up In Australia – the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children released fascinating new research that supports what One Family has been saying for decades about family structure and impacts on children's outcomes, and which also reflects the findings by the University of Limerick in Growing Up in a One-Parent Family: The Influence of Family Structure on Child Outcomes last December. Read about it here. We also supported a new report by St Vincent de Paul about the extreme poverty that traps thousands of one-parent families in Ireland.
We're looking forward to welcoming learners back to Cherish House next week as our parenting skills courses recommence, and their children to our in-house crèche. We are pleased also to offer an important and vital volunteer opportunity with our askonefamily helpline, which you can find out about here. Read on for your invitation to our parenting seminar in Dublin Castle and lots more.


We are hosting a seminar in Dublin Castle on Tuesday 21 October from 1.30pm-4.30pm that will be of particular interest to our colleagues working in the sector and/or with families, in celebration of National Parents Week. We'll have some exciting announcements! These include information about our new and extended parenting services, our professional development service, the unveiling of a brand new manual, and the chance to try out a selection of free 'taster' experiential workshops for yourself. A panel of esteemed experts will share insights and knowledge on a range of topics inspired by the event title and theme of Positive Parenting for Changing Families. We would be delighted if you join us. Click here to RSVP.

Budget 2015

The Budget will be announced on Tuesday 14 October. Our key demands are: 1. Work must pay and be seen to pay. 2. The proposed parental dividend must work in conjunction with an up-rated income disregard. 3. Those parenting alone must have equal access to all of the government activation measures and access to free part-time education to help raise their labour market skills base. 4. Comprehensive provision and support for Out Of School Childcare and Recreation (OSCAR). 5. The Single Person Child Carer Tax Credit discriminates against those sharing parenting – most often against Fathers – and thus must recognise the realities of contemporary Irish family life. Read our full Budget submission here and this week's press release here.

The Monthly Survey

We invite members of the public to contribute to our research, policy papers and budget submissions by taking part in our survey every month. The topics are of particular relevance to people parenting alone or sharing parenting. Participation is anonymous and takes just a few minutes. To read what you told us last month about Energy Efficiency & Expenses, click hereThis month's survey is on the implementation of Water Charges. We've received a lot of calls and mails on this. Participate here.

Parent Mentoring

This month, our featured service focus is on Parenting Mentoring. One Family's parent mentoring service, which provides an opportunity for a parent to safely talk one to one with a trained professional about any concerns they may have about their family and child relationships, is available in Cork, Dublin and Wicklow. We are excited that additional regions will be added in the month ahead. "It’s okay for a parent to need a listening ear and a helping hand sometimes," writes our Cork-based Mentor, Niki Williams.

Professional Development

Our Autumn schedule of Professional Development programmes is booking now. From Dublin 2 to Portlaoise, from Tallaght to Tullamore, we're on the road in the weeks ahead bringing our acclaimed Family Communications 3-day programme to local people working with families, while Talking to a child about the non-resident parent and Coaching parents in successful shared parenting are two 1/2 day courses which offer an accessible and affordable way to up-skill. Learn more here.
If you missed the award-winning Today FM documentary Cherish All The Children about our establishment in 1972 and our ongoing evolution, featuring interviews with our brave founders, our first President Mary Robinson and many more, you can listen here.
Read this month's press releases issued by One Family.
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