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Shared Parenting Survey

Ireland’s first National Shared Parenting Survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who responded.

The results will be collated in the weeks ahead and launched later in the Autumn.


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Budget 2017

One Family’ Pre-Budget Submission for Budget 2017 is titled End Child Poverty, Make Work Pay. Government must invest in services and set targeted income supports for one-parent families.

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Watch our new video to hear ten years old Dani talk about the work we did in 2015 and the situations for one-parent families in Ireland today, and also our plans for the years ahead.

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Training | New Professional Development Workshop in Sligo and Limerick

Training | New Professional Development Workshop in Sligo and Limerick

One Family is pleased to announce a new half day workshop for professionals who work with families, parents and/or children: Supporting Families in Conflict-Reducing Communication. This workshop explores how to build skills to support parents in practicing clear and direct communication in relation to common family dilemmas; using a non-violent communication framework; identifying communications styles; understanding the connection between needs and choices of behaviour; exploring the benefits and disadvantages of conflict within relationships and families; and more. Workshop places will be limited to twenty people, as they will be facilitated in a participatory workshop style, which actively engages participants. One Family has provided specialist family support[...]
Parenting | Accepting teen relationships

Parenting | Accepting teen relationships

As children mature into teenagers, innocent childhood crushes on school-friends can give way to more serious romantic interest. By the time your child reaches secondary school, you can support them with dating. It is better as a parent to support this than to forbid them and have your child sneak behind your back.  Allow your child the comfort of being honest with you as they develop during this stage. We offer advice on supporting your child through teenage dating: As children progress through their teenage years, the innocent dates will grow into relationships and become more serious. Talk about responsible behaviour and[...]
Parenting | How to answer the awkward questions?

Parenting | How to answer the awkward questions?

Children are inquisitive. They love information. They ask constant questions because their minds are continuously processing everything they see and hear. Children come to their parents all the time to clarify the things they don’t really understand. As parents, we want to help our children learn and understand yet sometimes when they ask an 'awkward question' it is tempting to gloss over it. There are so many issues that parents can find difficult to discuss with their children. Depending on our own experiences and beliefs, how 'awkward' a question is for us as individuals can vary hugely. For many parents, those awkward questions may include: "Where do babies come[...]
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Press Release | More Cherishing Needed for One-Parent Families

Press Release More Cherishing Needed for One-Parent Families The ESRI publishes analysis of inequalities among children in modern Ireland. (Dublin, Tuesday 11 October 2016) One Family – Ireland’s organisation for people parenting alone, sharing parenting, and separating – responds to the study released today by the ESRI entitled ‘Cherishing all the Children Equally?’ which confirms the fact that children living in one-parent families are more likely to fare poorly as a result of living in consistent poverty. Karen Kiernan, One Family CEO, states: “Research from Growing up in Ireland has found a consistent pattern of disadvantage for children living in one-parent families.  There is[...]
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News | One Family Summary of Budget 2017

One Family has summarised Budget 2017 changes which may be relevant to people parenting alone or sharing parenting, as announced on Tuesday 11th October 2016. Social Welfare Payments Basic Rate of Payment Including One Parent Family Payment, Jobseeker’s Allowance Transition, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Carer’s Allowance and others. This includes employment programmes such as CE, TÚS and Rural Social Scheme. Proportionate increases in weekly payments for qualified adults will apply from March 2017 (applies to full rate payment recipients). €5 weekly increase. _______________________________________________ One Parent Family Payment & Jobseeker’s Transition For those in employment, the weekly income disregard will increase from €90 to €110 from January 2017. This means that the[...]

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