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One Family Presentation to Family Resource Centre National Forum Edel Quinn – Training & Consultancy Manager Candy Murphy – Policy & Campaigns Manager. June 21 st 2006. What we’re going to talk about……………. Background to our organisation

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One Family

Presentation to Family Resource Centre National Forum

Edel Quinn – Training & Consultancy Manager

Candy Murphy – Policy & Campaigns Manager

June 21st 2006

what we re going to talk about
What we’re going to talk about…………….
  • Background to our organisation
  • Work of One Family – Family services & Professional support
  • Policy Positions
  • Open Discussion
the one family mission
The One Family Mission

Progressing the work of Cherish, established in 1972, One Family

provides voice, support and action for one-parent families through

membership, professional services and campaigning. Our aim is to

affect positive change and achieve equality and social inclusion for all

one-parent families in Ireland.

We work to achieve our aims through

Voice we are the national membership organisation of one-parent families, supporting organisations and others concerned with the issues facing one-parent families.

Support we offer a comprehensive range of professional services to one-parent families, to those experiencing a crisis pregnancy and to those working with one-parent families.

Actionwe campaign with and on behalf of our members to affect positive change for one-parent families.

One Family works with all types and all members of one-parent

families, respecting the realities of family life in Ireland.

cherish the early years
Cherish – the early years
  • Established in 1972 as Cherish
  • Focussed on single-parent (unmarried) families
  • Practical supports, campaigning – for single parents and for women with crisis pregnancies
  • Founder - Maura Richards (née O’Dea)
  • Historical interest in legal issues
  • Abolition of Illegitimacy Campaign

1977-1988

  • 1992 Abortion Referenda – Frontline
one family present day
One Family – present day
  • Cherish rebranded in 2004 as One Family

Voice

  • CAN* membership
  • One Family Matters; www.onefamily.ie

Support

  • Range of professional services in Dublin

Action

  • Campaigning, policy and lobbying work
  • Conferences and Family Diversity Initiative
quick statistics who are one parent families
Quick StatisticsWho are One Parent Families?
  • Census 2002 – 1 in 8 people
  • 40% widowed; 32% single/never married
  • 85% Female; 15% Male
  • 60% have one child
  • DSFA 2004 - Approx. 2% are teens.
  • 3 times more likely to live in poverty as a member of a one-parent family (EU-SILC 2005)
our family support services
Our Family Support Services

INFORMATION

& SUPPORT

ONE FAMILY

information support service
Information & Support Service
  • Accurate, factual information
  • Non judgemental support service / listening ear
  • Offers individual appointments
  • Ask onefamily* helpline – LoCall 1890- 662212
  • Range of support leaflets
our family support services1
Our Family Support Services

INFORMATION

& SUPPORT

ADULT

EDUCATION

PROGRAMMES

ONE FAMILY

programmes service
Programmes Service
  • Adult education programmes run in Cherish House
  • Diverse range of clients – Recruitment/Referral/Word of Mouth
  • Yearly Calendar of Programmes on semester basis – 2 hour sessions with childcare provided
  • Types of Programmes
    • Personal – Support Groups/Social groups
    • Professional- Moving On; Computing FETAC Level 1 & 2
    • Parenting- Positive Parenting
    • Family – Family Communications
our family support services2
Our Family Support Services

INFORMATION

& SUPPORT

ADULT

EDUCATION

PROGRAMMES

ONE FAMILY

COUNSELLING

counselling service
Counselling Service
  • Professional counselling service: non-directive crisis pregnancy counselling; general counselling for adults and adolescents; post-termination; telephone support service
  • Offers training to other professionals in the area of crisis pregnancy & post abortion counselling
our family support services3
Our Family Support Services

INFORMATION

& SUPPORT

ADULT

EDUCATION

PROGRAMMES

ONE FAMILY

COUNSELLING

CHILDCARE

childcare service
Childcare Service
  • Sessional childcare to support services
  • Active learning environment for children
  • Parenting support and play group
  • Parenting coaching
  • Specialist workshops
  • Materials for childcare providers
our family support services4
Our Family Support Services

INFORMATION

& SUPPORT

ADULT

EDUCATION

PROGRAMMES

ONE FAMILY

TRAINING

FOR

PROFESSIONALS

COUNSELLING

CHILDCARE

training services
Training Services
  • Training services to professionals who work with members of one parent families
  • Objective is to
    • Build capacity in organisations to replicate the adult Education programmes we run with clients.
    • Promote awareness of the issues which members of one parent face in their everyday lives
    • Provide support to organisations in developing their service through providing training and consultancy.
  • Methods: Groupwork and experiential learning which has been extensively piloted and evaluated.
    • Comprehensive calendar of professional training available in Dublin and nationwide
our family support services5
Our Family Support Services

INFORMATION

& SUPPORT

ADULT

EDUCATION

PROGRAMMES

FUNDRAISING &

COMMUNICATIONS

ONE FAMILY

COUNSELLING

TRAINING

FOR

PROFESSIONALS

CHILDCARE

fundraising communications
Fundraising & Communications
  • Annual newsletters to inform members of services ,activities & policy positions.
  • Fundraising network to raise profile of the organisation
  • Grants/Schemes
our family support services6
Our Family Support Services

INFORMATION

& SUPPORT

POLICY &

CAMPAIGNING

ADULT

EDUCATION

PROGRAMMES

FUNDRAISING &

COMMUNICATIONS

ONE FAMILY

COUNSELLING

TRAINING

FOR

PROFESSIONALS

CHILDCARE

family resource centres
Family Resource centres
  • Use One Family Information & Support Service
  • Dublin area- refer clients to programmes or counselling
  • Participate in Training or consultancy services
  • Policy & Campaigning *can – get involved with policy & campaigning network
  • Communications –Register for our newsletters & keep informed.
our policy principles
Our Policy Principles
  • Children at the centre
  • All members of all types of one-parent families
  • Non-judgemental
  • Rights-based
  • Practice to policy / policy to practice
  • Empowerment and respect
policy campaigns service
Policy & Campaigns Service
  • CAN* - campaigning and advocacy network. Membership and consultation vehicle
      • Consultation on Lone Parent Review
      • Human Rights Booklet
  • Submissions, lobbying, campaigns, work to influence policy
      • Lone Parent Review
      • Social Partnership
      • Domestic Partnership
      • NAPS
  • Research
      • Profiling One-parent families
      • Family law
current key policy areas
Current Key Policy Areas
  • Working for a constitution which affords equal rights to all families
  • Recognising the realities of the diversity of family life in Ireland
  • Ensuring equality of access and opportunity in education for one-parent families
  • Working for a positive work life balance for one-parent families
  • Striving for equality for one-parent families in all housing tenures
  • Championing quality childcare for children in one-parent families
  • Campaigning for access to an adequate income for all one-parent families
  • Working for equitable services in all pregnancies
key areas of work
Key Areas of work
  • Anti-Poverty work-Policy development
  • Family Diversity Work-Constitutional, Legal and Policy change
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Family Diversity Issues

  • Increasing Family diversity
  • Constitutional definition of the family
  • Marital and relationship breakdown
  • Rights of children
  • Families with Additional needs
  • Equitable Access to pregnancy services
  • Access to services for members of new communities
  • Access and affordability of legal remedies
  • Alternatives to legal remedies
  • In-camera ruling, lack of information on statistics and trends
key anti poverty issues
Key Anti-Poverty Issues
  • Reduced child and family poverty;
  • Reduced dependence on social welfare;
  • Increased access to early childhood development and education;
  • Improved access to services: education and training, childcare, including after school care, health services and accommodation;
  • Innovative and positive engagement with one-parent families in relation to increasing their role in the labour market
  • Recognition for the important role that parenting plays in Irish society and development of realistic work life balance options for those parenting alone; and
  • Co-ordination of services and supports, including information.
government proposals on supporting lone parents april 206
Government Proposals on Supporting Lone Parents April 206
  • To replace the One Parent Family Payment (OPFP) with a Parental Allowance (PA) at the same rate and conditions, payable until the youngest child reaches the age of eight.
  • Removal of the cohabitation rule and payment of the PA to one parent in low-income families that qualify under the means test.
  • Engagement by the state with recipients of the PA when their youngest child is aged five, to discuss and support participation in a range of education, training and employment possibilities.
  • After the youngest child reaches the age of eight, removal of the PA and transfer to Unemployment Assistance (UA) if the recipient is not working or engaged in education or training.
our views on the proposals
Our Views on The Proposals
  • Support for engagement and access to training, education and employment
  • Impact on Poverty -Need to complement the proposal with targeted initiatives that reduce child poverty and raise income levels among those dependent on social welfare.
  • Service provision -Need for commitments and related budgets from the relevant government departments and agencies to provide innovative and flexible education and training, childcare, particularly after-school care, as well as the housing supports required.
  • Teen parents –Need to provide nationwide services to support this small but particularly vulnerable group to stay in the education system.
  • Lack of recognition of the vital parenting role played by those parenting alone which continues after seven and can be particularly significant in the teenage years
  • Research -Need to understand the actual circumstances faced by those parenting alone.
outcome of our consultation process
Outcome of Our Consultation process
  • Lone parents want to engage but also want choice on work/life balance options
  • Lone parents want to work and are doing so when it is financially viable
  • Proposals as framed are creating fear, particularly for the most vulnerable
  • Doubts that services will be provided
  • Particular concern about rent supplement and other poverty traps
our proposals
Our Proposals
  • A voluntary System-working with those most able to respond
  • Implementation Committee-development and implementation of supporting strategies
  • Lone Parent Guarantee
  • Participation Fund
  • Innovative models of engagement
  • Review and Reconsideration
  • Research
issues for discussion
Issues for Discussion
  • Engagement process-how best to develop it
  • Issues that arise in your work
  • Parenting/Work Balance
stay in touch
Stay in touch…
  • One Family

Cherish House

2 Lower Pembroke Street

Dublin 2

  • Tel: 01 662 9212
  • Ask One Family* Lo-Call 1890 66 22 12
  • info@onefamily.iewww.onefamily.ie
  • CAN* membership