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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 early next year.

 

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askonefamily is One Family’s helpline offering information and listening support for men and women parenting alone, sharing parenting or separating. It is also available to extended family, friends or professionals. Call askonefamily on 1890 66 22 12 or 01 662 9212, from Monday to Friday between 10am – 2pm.

 

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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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One Family Video

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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Policy | One Family's Single Affordable Childcare Scheme Submission

Policy | One Family's Single Affordable Childcare Scheme Submission

One Family welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the Public Consultation on the Single Affordable Childcare Scheme last week. The Policy Paper on the Development of a New Single Affordable Childcare Scheme is a comprehensive document and we wish to acknowledge the extensive work undertaken by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs in compiling this paper. However, we wanted to highlight some areas of concern on behalf of people parenting alone and sharing parenting. The key points from our submission are: One Family would recommend that both child maintenance and Family Income Supplement be included in the list of income that[...]
Parenting Tips | Helping children to cope with bumps and bruises

Parenting Tips | Helping children to cope with bumps and bruises

When it comes to minor scrapes and falls, some children brush them off easily. Other children stop and seek sympathy with every scratch and scrape. Children can often seek sympathy for attention. Most parents, no matter how busy they are, will stop whatever they are doing when a child cries out from an injury. Children learn very early that crying gets attention. Another reason for tears after falls is that children enjoy the kindness of the care they receive: the nursing from a parent, the kiss and hug, the plasters. Most children see plasters as the crowning glory for their cut[...]
Policy | Families and Societies in Europe

Policy | Families and Societies in Europe

One Family acts as a stakeholder within the Families and Societies project which aims to investigate the diversity of family forms and relationships in Europe, to assess the compatibility of existing policies with family changes, and to contribute to evidence-based policy-making. The final conference of the project was held last month in Brussels. It aimed to provide an overview of the main achievements of the project since it began in February 2013. Representatives of the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee, and forty stakeholder organisations attended. Rea Lavelle, our Social Policy Analyst, attended for One Family. The topic of children’s life chances was addressed[...]
Parenting Tips | An Alternative Advent Calendar

Parenting Tips | An Alternative Advent Calendar

Many children I know have advent calendars. They are in many shops ranging in price from one euro to about four euro. Children love the chocolate, perhaps eating it for breakfast every day in December, wild with the excitement of Santa. A parent in our Facebook parenting group came up with a great idea for an alternative Advent calendar. For each day of the Advent calendar, your child and everyone in the house has to do a kind act or deed. This means that everyone has to do 24 kind deeds before Christmas Day. It will support your children, and everyone in[...]
Policy | DSP will Review Changes to One Parent Family Payment

Policy | DSP will Review Changes to One Parent Family Payment

The Department of Social Protection agreed to review the changes to the One Parent Family Payment (OFP) at Committee stage of the Social Welfare Bill 2016 on Thursday 17 November. It is essential that review of the OFP reform be carried out urgently, as One Family has consistently called for. A cohesive report on the potential outcomes should have been conducted prior to implementation which could have avoided the negative impacts experienced by a large number of lone parents in part-time work. Family Income Supplement (FIS) will also be reviewed; a new proposed Working Family Payment was included in the Programme for Government last May. The analysis of the State’s child poverty rates is immediately necessary.[...]

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