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Here’s our entry to the Better Together video competition, our Family Day Festival 2014 video that’s guaranteed to make you smile. Please watch and vote every day until 21 November and help us win €1,000 to support our work for families.

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Review & Demand

Karen and Stuart summarise our Annual Review and state our demands to Government for Budget 2015 in this short video.

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Skills

New! Two half-day workshops for professionals working with families have been added to our professional development training calendar: Talking to your child about the non-resident parent and Coaching parents in successful shared parenting. Book now for 29 September and 22 October.

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Train

We have launched Positive Parenting for Changing Families!  This 3-day One Family accredited programme for professionals working with families will prepare you to deliver this great programme to both groups and in one-to-one work with families. The brand new manual is a huge resource you will use again and again and is included in the price of the training.  Also, our Family Communications 3-day programme for professionals is booking now for Dublin, Galway, Tullamore and Meath.

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Learn

Registration is now open for our Autumn/Winter 2014 parenting courses! Also Welfare to Work programmes including New Futures and Options are now enrolling. These programmes for people who parent alone or share parenting offer a range of wrap-around supports including mentoring and free childcare in our crèche.  Call 01 662 9212 or click below to find out more.

 

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Ask

Are you expecting a baby or have you recently become a parent? Are you in care or have you just moved into your own place? If the answer is ‘yes’ to both questions, the Pregnancy & Parenting Support Service at One Family is here to help you. This is a free service that you can contact yourself. Text or call us on 086 079 3072 to find out more. Referrals also accepted.

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Latest News

10 Ways to Develop Play Time with Your Child

10 Ways to Develop Play Time with Your Child

November 21st, 2014

Playtime with their parent is very important to children. Making time to sit down on the floor to play together is one of the best things you can do to support their development and your relationship with them. Some parents find it very difficult to value just sitting and playing. Sometimes a parent might even feel a bit awkward at first - after all, it's probably been a long time since we ourselves did this -  but when you make yourself just do it, you will soon experience the immense enjoyment it can bring to both you and your child. Play is your chi[...]

25th Anniversary of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

25th Anniversary of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

November 20th, 2014

Today is the 25th Anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention was adopted on 20 November 1989 and to date has been ratified by 194 countries making it the most widely ratified international human rights treaty. Ireland signed up in 1992 and is assessed periodically by the UN on implementation progress when the State submits a report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. The Children’s Rights Alliance also submits an independent report on behalf of non-governmental organisations. You can read its most recent report here. The Convention details 41 different types of [...]

10 Ways to Explain an Absent Parent

10 Ways to Explain an Absent Parent

November 14th, 2014

The term 'absent parent' refers to a parent whom a child has never met or has had very little contact with. Note: This is different to a 'non-resident parent', 'non-primary' or 'secondary carer', or when parents co-parent/share parenting of their child. People find themselves parenting alone through a variety of circumstances. It is natural that children will become curious about their other parent and start to ask questions about them as they grow. This can be very difficult to deal with as a parent, especially if processing our own feelings of hurt, rejection, anger or grief. What is most important is[...]

10 Ways to Achieve Successful Shared Parenting Over Christmas

10 Ways to Achieve Successful Shared Parenting Over Christmas

November 7th, 2014

Christmas doesn't have to be a difficult time for parents who do not live together and share parenting of their child. There are, of course, things that will need to be worked out. What is most important is to do this well in advance, agreeing to solutions and a plan. Agree your plan now in November, to help ensure a happy, fun-filled Christmas for all members of the family, centered around your child. Read on for this week's parenting tips which explore how parents can achieve successful shared parenting over the Christmas season. Start thinking it through and planning now. Plan with your child. Talk with you[...]

Planned Income Disregard Cuts Will Not Be Implemented

Planned Income Disregard Cuts Will Not Be Implemented

November 6th, 2014

Press Release Small Step to Make Work Pay: One-Parent Family Payment and Income Disregard www.onefamily.ie (Dublin, Wednesday 5 November 2014) One Family – Ireland’s organisation for people parenting alone and sharing parenting - welcomes Tánaiste Joan Burton's announcement that she will retain the level of the income disregard at €90 for those parents in work and in receipt of the One-Parent Family Payment (OFP), responding positively to One Family’s vociferous calls for its retention following a series of cuts impacting lone parents on social welfare in Budget 2012. Stuart Duffin, One Family Director of Policy & Programmes, states: "This is a modest investment in poor working parents, [...]

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