What is advocacy?
The advocacy team provides information, practical support, and an opportunity to explore your options in a safe way whatever your needs and goals are. As a client you call the shots and make the decisions, we simply help you along the way with clear and expert information.
Who does the advocacy team help?
We support men and women who have experienced sexual abuse and family members wishing to support relatives cope with the impact of their abuse.
How can we help you?
Each person will have their own individual questions and goals and we will work with you according to your own needs. Some examples of how we support people include:
- Accessing legal services and giving support throughout the legal process, such as court accompaniment and solicitor meetings
- Responding to concerns on child protection and the reporting of those concerns
- Liaising with the Gardai
- Sourcing appropriate and sympathetic medical services
- Liaising with and between professionals in the legal system
- Supporting and accompaniment to Diocesan inquiries, child abuse commissions and the Redress Board
- Arranging services through referral or co-operation with other agencies.
- Contacting and working with social & health services, welfare and education services
Your own needs may be very different and we will work with you to figure out what options and solutions are realistic and available to you.
Child protection is at the heart of what we do. While our services are confidential, if you give us information that children may be at risk, it is our policy to pass that information to the HSE child protection services. Our work respects the principles of the Children’s First Guidelines.
How much does the advocacy service cost?
One in Four advocacy services are provided free of charge. We recognise that people have very different financial circumstances. If you are in a position to make a contribution towards the cost of our professional expert support, all donations are gratefully received.
Getting in Touch:
Due to the high demand for our services we can’t promise to start helping you straight away. If you call us, you will first speak to the receptionist who, at your discretion, will take contact information and basic details. Our receptionist will pass the information onto the advocacy team and we will aim to return your call within a minimum of 5 working days. During that call back, we can discuss your needs more in-depth and you can decide the next steps, including whether a meeting would be beneficial. Please note that when we call you back, the number displayed on your phone will come up as ‘private number’.
Telephone: 01 6624070, Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm
Post: Advocacy Team, One in Four, 2 Holles St, Dublin 2
Our online contact form is currently unavailable, but you can still get in contact with us by calling 016624070, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘An advocacy officer accompanied me to court; I found this service indispensable in explaining the legal terminology and running of the court, as well as providing emotional support during a traumatising experience.’
‘One in Four have been the most positive aspect …I cannot overstate their value to victims’
‘I felt helpless, lonely and isolated … I found One in Four’s support in the legal process indispensable.’
‘I will always feel grateful and blessed to have been given the chance to let go of my past with genuine support.’