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Forensic and Court Accompaniment  Volunteer

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Forensic and Court Accompaniment Volunteer

Accompaniment Support Services for Children (A.S.S.C)

National

At a Glance

  • Start Date:06/06/2024
  • End Date:01/07/2025
  • Closing date:01/07/2025
  • Post Updated:07/06/2024
  • Min Hours:2
  • Role Type:Youth work

Requirements:Minimum age is 22. Excellent English is necessary.

Description

We offer emotional and practical support when these young people who have to attend court or forensic examination as the result of witnessing or experiencing a crime. We accompany them on their journey through the judicial system as away to lessen the impact of the process.

We look for kindness and empathy in our volunteers, as well as the ability to maintain confidentiality. The volunteer role is offfering a listening ear, making a cup of tea, playing with a young person, anything which reduces the trauma.

Is training provided?: Yes

Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position which will be processed with you after you apply.

Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:

  • Listening to the young person and /or their family/guardian
  • Speaking to the professionals involved to obtain more information
  • Put the information in a way that is perhaps, more easily understood
  • Making sure they are comforable, getting them a drink of water/cup of tea
  • showing them around, where the bathrooms are etc

Skills required for this role:

Excellent English 

Kindness, empathy, commonsense, ability to listen

understand confidentiality

non judgemental

Details of time commitment needed for role:
We operate a rota system for both court and forensic. Although we ask that you set aside 4 hours each week, the reality is that if there is neither a court or forensic accompaniment taking place at your chosen time, you will not be called. The Court closes for Christmas, easter and summer. Forensic is open all year.

Minimum time commitment per week:
4 hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
Application form Garda vetting and 2 references only when training is complete.

Contact

If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Margaret Dent

Address: Accompaniment Support Services for Children (A.S.S.C), 15 Adare Green, Coolock, Dublin 17

Website: assc.ie/

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