Organisation:One in Four Ireland, CLGCategory:Large OrganisationsCharity Reg no. :200523931. Tell us about the issue(s) this organisation is tackling and why it's important
2. How does your organisation go about tackling these issues?
- Why was the organisation set up? What is it trying to change or do? Why is it important to do this? One in Four was set up in 2003 as a means to address the astonishing fact that one in four children in Ireland will have been sexually abused at some point. One in Four believes that the world would be a better place if children were safe from sexual harm. We are working to end the trauma of child sexual abuse through our psychotherapy, advocacy, and prevention programmes. We design and deliver programmes and services in ways that allow us to make more sense of the dynamics of power and relationship that play out in families impacted by child sexual abuse, including in the wider community.
3. Tell us about a case where the organisation has made a positive difference.
- Explain your organisation's approach to solving the issues you identified in your previous answer. If it has had to adapt its activities in response to COVID-19, how did it do this? One in Four provides professional counselling and advocacy services to men and women who have experienced sexual abuse and to their families. Clients spend between 6 months-3 years with us to address the deep-seated effects of sexual abuse. Our advocacy case managers provide practical information and support to our clients. This includes child protection notifications to Tusla and support in accessing the criminal justice system. We also deliver a prevention programme for sexual offenders and their families, which we view as a core child protection measure. We responded to the added stresses survivors experienced during Covid-19 restrictions by successfully transitioning to offering remote sessions online, ensuring clients are supported, even though it is not face-to-face.
4. What has the overall impact of this work been and how do you measure it?
- This is your chance to talk about impact in qualitative terms. Provide a case study to illustrate the impact of the organisation’s work. We will accept anonymous case studies if you need to protect the identity of a service user or individuals under 18 years of age. You can include a quote or endorsement if you wish.For ‘Daniel,’ One in Four has been a life line. From the ages of 13-16, he was trafficked into a paedophile ring and suffered multiple rapes and abuse. The trauma he experienced had long term effects and Daniel came to One in Four struggling with relationships, panic attacks, suicidal ideation, and intense feelings of shame. After receiving psychotherapy from One in Four over several years, his life is now much more positive. He has improved his relationship with his wife and adult children. He has garnered valuable insights as to how to process what happened to him. While he realises there is no cure and there will always be painful memories, he developed skills that allow him to live his life in the present, feel safe, and to not be constantly in a state of fear waiting for the next attack. Additional client testimonials include: 'I literally want to sit on the floor right here and cry, but not out of sadness, out of pure relief. Over the years One in Four has become for me a place of release, not in an emotional crutch kind of way, but more so I can finally say everything I have to keep to myself for the week so I don’t make the rest of the world uncomfortable. I am safe, I am understood, I am heard, and from my hour here I am strong again to face the world, triggers and all and know that I am another step closer to feeling healed.'
5. What makes your organisation special?
- How would you describe the overall impact of your organisation’s work? What measures do you use to know if you have been successful at achieving your goals? How do you know what to improve or change in your work? Please include as much evidence as possible to demonstrate your impact. The overall impact of One in Four’s work is that survivors of child sexual abuse are supported and empowered to move forward in their journey towards healing. One in Four understands that trauma is not something that can be ‘cured,’ but rather we provide our clients with tools and ways to cope with the effects of trauma. When clients engage in our services, the outcome they seek to achieve will vary from client to client. It is our job to support them in reaching whatever healing means to them. For some people, it could be a guilty verdict for their abuser in a criminal trial, for others, it’s getting through the night without a flashback. We measure this impact through detailed client assessments at the start and finish of therapy or advocacy support. One in Four also collects statistics to better understand the needs of service users and the context in which sexual abuse occurs in Ireland. In 2020, One in Four supported 172 (110 female/62 male) survivors of child sexual abuse from all over Ireland through psychotherapy services. Our advocacy case managers supported 432 (252 female/178 male) survivors in providing clear and accessible information so that they can make informed decisions about the options open to them with regard to the criminal justice, civil action, or child protection systems. In both the psychotherapy and advocacy services, the most common type of abuse disclosed was perpetrated by someone within their family.
6. How can the public support your work?
- What is the organisation’s unique selling-point? What makes the organisation different from others working in the same field/area?One in Four is special because of our survivor-led and trauma-informed approach to psychotherapy and advocacy services. We are unique in that we work with all facets of sexual abuse - from child protection to healing and justice for survivors. Our psychotherapists are highly experienced in addressing trauma and our advocacy case managers are the only professional victim advocates working in Ireland. Through our work we have come to understand that the impact of child sexual abuse reverberates far beyond the life of the abused individual and involves family, community and the wider society.
7. Describe how your organisation is transparent and accountable
- Do you need volunteers? Do you fundraise? Can the public share your story? Give them a call to action.The biggest way the public can support our work is to raise awareness around child sexual abuse to ensure that child are kept safe from sexual harm. Also, it is so important that survivors do not live with shame and stigma in order for them to come forward and ask for help. To support our services, we hold many community fundraising events such as Abseiling, Strictly Come Dancing competitions, and a trip to Spain to walk the El Camino. People looking to donate can do so through our website, social media platforms, or post. Due to the highly sensitive and niche aspect of our work, we do not have volunteers provide any services. However, we are always looking for people to help us fundraise with bucket collections or organising other events.
- For example, do you publish your annual accounts online? Are you compliant with the Charities Regulator's Charities Governance Code? Do you use the Charities Regulator’s Fundraising Principles?One in Four is a CLG and Registered Charity. We are governed by the bylaws outlined in our Constitution. The Board meets 7 times annually, are provided with financial and activity reports, and review/update operational policies regularly. In 2020, we carried out a review to ensure full compliance with the CRA Governance Code. One in Four adheres to SORP, GDPR, Lobbying Register, and CRA Guidelines on Fundraising from the Public. We are a recipient of the Triple Lock Standard issued by the Charities Institute of Ireland. Our annual financial statements are audited and published on our website and in our annual report.