CARI: Court Accompaniment Officer and Forensic Support Worker & Coordinator - CE positions

CARI is a registered charity that provides therapy and support to children, families and groups affected by child sexual abuse. More information on our services and the positions below   can be found on our website

CARI is currently recruiting for these positions. All roles are CE positions which entails working 19.5 hours a week and requires the applicant to be in receipt of a social welfare payment for 12 months and be assigned an Intreo Officer.

Court Accompaniment Officer (Training provided) Dublin based

  • To help prepare children on a practical level by explaining the court procedure using age appropriate language.
  • To ensure all legal terminology is clarified for the family.
  • Arrange and accompany both the child and the family to the court in advance of the case.
  • To attend court with the child and their family for the duration of the trial.
  • To provide practical and emotional support to both the child and their family throughout the process.
  • To record all phone calls and meetings with clients and update all files.
  • To provide statistics on the service regarding phone call activity, meeting activity as well as a record on our referral history.
  • To record all CASS activity to be reported back to the court team leader.
  • To have weekly case management with the court team leader. 
  • To attend regular supervision as arranged by the CASS Manager. 
  • And any other task issued by team leader relevant to the Court department.
  • To ensure that the Helpline room is quiet and a comfortable working space for everyone.
  • To ensure all clients related materials are locked away at the end of each working day.
  • To answer our admin phone and forward calls to appropriate staff and departments
  • And any other task issued by team leader relevant to the helpline department

Forensic Support Worker & Coordinator (Training provided) Dublin based


The role requires the post holder to work in partnership with criminal justice agencies; family’s, forensic physicians and designated and named child protection professional and requires highly developed communication and mediation skills. Also, a non-judgmental and empathic approach.

The post holder will be required to provide support and debriefing to CARI volunteer forensic accompaniment officers.  Also, to provide an aftercare phone support to any adult supporting a child through the forensic assessment. 

Support the training process and to help maintain accurate records through the recruitment process.

The post holder will be required to keep records of such calls and statistics.

The post holder will be required to complete rotas for both units. They will also be required to manage and coordinate the availability of the volunteers and ensure full coverage for a 24-hour rota. 

The post holder will prioritize, assess, plan, evaluate and deliver all relevant aspects of care to an agree and expected high standard, work closely with the multi-disciplinary team and contribute to the clinical governance process.


The purpose of the role is to provide:

  1. Support to the forensic volunteers who provide accompaniment to children and their families when a child must receive a forensic examination.
  2. An aftercare support service to the adults who have supported children who have had to receive a forensic exam.
  3. Administrative support to the Team Leader in recruitment drive for volunteers.


All staff will be expected to work C.E. hours which is 19 ½ hours weekly.  If time is incurred, it will be given back as Time in Lieu. These hours are agreed between post holder and Helpline & Forensic Team Leader.  

Post holder will be expected to be available and engage with CARI forensic accompaniment officers to debrief and engage with families who seek ongoing care support who have attended both units.  Considering their needs, background, feelings, rights and current circumstances.

To participate in case conference review when required.

To participate in regular supervision.

To participate in and promote the development of the service according to policies, protocols and guidelines as sated by the Management.

To work as part of a team of forensic physicians, paediatricians, counsellors, crisis workers and support workers in the delivery of high standards of service. 

To follow Child Protection Policies and Procedures.

To support the development and delivery of training as and when it is required to both potential volunteers as well as relevant stakeholders.

Any other duties set out by Helpline and Forensic Team Leader

Please forward your CV to by FRIDAY 29TH MARCH 2019



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