Support from ASSC

This is why we are here …

For when a child or a young person becomes a victim of crime. We are here to provide them with support and advocacy.  This is why A.S.S.C. was set up in 2020.

We are here for any child or young person who is a victim of a crime.

Please contact us at support@assc.ie and ask for someone to make contact with you.

Child Centred Practice

A.S.S.C. is a child-centred service. This approach means we put children’s best interests at the heart of our policies and procedures. We believe all support should be given in a relevant and age-appropriate manner to best support the child at their developmental level. A.S.S.C. will always extend our support out to the young person’s family.

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Services provided by A.S.S.C.

A.S.S.C.’s core services offer specialised accompaniment, advocacy, and support to young people 0-18 years old (at referral), and their families, as they navigate their way through the Irish Criminal Justice System. Under the guidelines of the Children’s First Act 2015, with the help of our volunteers, we provide a range of crisis, emotional, and practical support to young people and their families. In keeping with this act, we commit to offering a child-centred practice that underpins all our work. We work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in Galway and Dublin. This service runs 24-hours a day; 365 days a year.

We provide Court Accompaniment Services in Dublin when the Criminal courts are in session. This accompaniment service is further supported with ongoing advocacy telephone support. All support provided by A.S.S.C. Is done so under the legislative right to accompaniment and support set out under the EU Directive of Victims and the Victims of Crime Act 2017.

A.S.S.C’s supports include:

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“Thank you for all the work you have done for me over this hard time, I couldn’t have done this without you & your support is something I will always remember”

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“Thank you for all your support through this process. You are all amazing and we are very grateful for everything you have done for us”

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How to make a referral?

A.S.S.C. will take a referral from anyone who feels a child/young person would benefit from our services.

A.S.S.C. is also happy to discuss any queries you may have concerning a child/young person who needs our support.

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What we do...

Provide emotional onsite support.
Provide ongoing crisis phone support.
Answer questions relating to the criminal justice process.
Communicate with other professionals working with you whilst maintaining the confidentiality and respecting your wishes.
Provide you with information on other services that you may require.

What we don’t do...

We will never discuss your evidence.
We will not give you advice on legal matters.
These are questions for the Investigating Garda.