Types of Volunteers we recruit for

Types of Volunteers we recruit for

A.S.S.C. recruits for different types of volunteers.  Please look below; you might see an area that will suit you.

We recruit for:

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Forensic Accompaniment Support Workers, onsite volunteers in the CASATS unit in Barnahus, Galway
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Forensic Accompaniment Support Workers, onsite volunteers in the SATU unit in the Rotunda, Dublin
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Court Accompaniment Support Workers, onsite volunteers in the Central Criminal Courts in Dublin
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Advocacy Phone Support Workers, National Service

Onsite volunteers for SATU, Rotunda, Dublin, & CASATS, Barnahus West, Galway.

Volunteers have made an enormous difference to our team and with their help young people, and families, have received vital support as they attend the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) in the Rotunda Hospital Dublin or the Child and Adolescent Sexual Assault Treatment Service (CASATS) in Barnahus West, Galway. Young people of the ages 14-15 years attend these units due to a concern or a disclosure of child sexual abuse. With the help of our volunteers, we provide “on-call” emotional and practical support to young people and their families during this difficult time in their lives. Volunteers are trained to recognise the needs of the family and meet these needs accordingly as they present. A.S.S.C. is delighted to support them. We know what a big difference this makes in a time of worry and isolation.

If you would be interested in supporting young people and families as an A.S.S.C. volunteer look below to see some aspects of the role.

  • To support children in an age-appropriate manner; supporting their rights, needs, and background.
  • To support their family or support structure considering their needs, background, and current circumstances.
  • To liaise with the multi-disciplinary team when providing support
  • To deliver all care to a high standard working closely with the multidisciplinary team.
  • To follow the National Child Protection Safeguarding Policy
  • To participate in regular supervision
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality
  • Attend training as set out by A.S.S.C.

Onsite volunteers for the Central Criminal Courts of Justice Dublin

A.S.S.C. onsite volunteers have been an invaluable asset to our Dublin court accompaniment support team. Through their help, we have been able to provide emotional and practical support to any young person under the age of 18 (on referral) and their families who are a witness for the prosecution in any criminal trial in the Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin. With the support of our volunteers, we provide emotional and practical support to young people and their families during this difficult time.  Volunteers are trained to recognise the needs of the family and meet these needs in a supportive manner. A.S.S.C. is delighted to support them. We know what a big difference this makes in a time of worry whilst they negotiate the criminal trial process.

If you would be interested in supporting young people and families as an A.S.S.C. volunteer look below to see some aspects of the role.

  • Undertake onsite emotional support and attend relevant criminal court trials.
  • Engage with young people in an age-appropriate manner considering their needs, background, current circumstances, and rights.
  • Engage with their family or support structure considering their needs, background, and current circumstances.
  • To deliver all care to a high standard working closely with a multidisciplinary team.
  • To follow the National Child Protection Safeguarding Policy
  • To participate in regular supervision
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality
  • Attend training as set out by A.S.S.C.

      Advocacy Phone Support Workers, National Service

      A.S.S.C. Advocacy Phone Support Worker volunteers are a lifeline to the families referred to A.S.S.C. This advocacy phone support allows families to deal with the “fall out” that comes after a child discloses child sexual abuse. In our experience, this can be like a bomb going off in the family, sending ripples out. These ripples can have a far-reaching impact.

      The A.S.S.C. volunteer provides a phone support advocacy service for any family/adult supporting a child going through the criminal justice system. The role of an Advocacy Support Worker is to support families within the forensic and/or the court pathways.

      Forensic Advocacy Phone Support worker provides a listening space for families to prevent them from feeling isolated. It allows the family to explore any common concerns or questions, or if there is a need for more appropriate long-term supports.

      Court Advocacy Phone Support worker provides a listening space for families to prevent them from feeling isolated. It allows the family to explore any common concerns or questions regarding court proceedings and also to arrange pretrial meetings and liaise with other professionals involved e.g. Garda or any other relevant professional linked into the case.

      If you would be interested in supporting young people and families as an A.S.S.C. volunteer look below to see some aspects of the role.

      • Providing phone support to families who attended Forensic Unit or Court
      • Retrieve family details from line managers
      • Statistical collation
      • Participate in training to provide a talk on the advocacy role
      • Attending mandatory supervision
      • To work as part of a multidisciplinary team of physicians, paediatricians, counsellors, crisis workers, Guards, solicitors, D.P.P., etc., and support workers in the delivery of high standards of service.
      • An understanding of the Children’s First and Child Protection guidelines
      • To follow Child Protection Policies and Procedures
      • To uphold and follow A.S.S.C. confidentiality Policies and Procedures
      • To participate in and promote the development of the service according to policies, protocols, and guidelines as stated by Management.

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