Families Must be at the Heart of Government Policy

National one-parent family organisation One Family today called on Minister Brennan as the minister with responsibility for families, to place families at the heart of Government policy. Speaking at the Pre-Budget Forum, One Family’s Policy and Campaigns Manager, Candy Murphy said that ‘policies need to look at the family as a whole and recognise the […]

Pre-Budget Submissions

Pre-Budget Submisson 2012 One Family’s Pre-Budget Submission to the Department of Social Protection One Family pre-budget 2012 submission                                                                                                                       Submission to:  Department of Social and Family Affairs Pre-Budget Submisson 2011 Introduction One Family is again framing its submission in a way that takes account of the serious economic downturn currently being experienced in the […]

Ten steps to equality for all families – One Family Pre-Budget Submission

National one-parent family organisation One Family in its Pre-Budget Submission today called on Minister Brennan to tackle ten key areas to combat the massive inequalities experienced by one-parent families in Ireland: 1. Adequate incomes for one-parent families dependent on social welfare 2. Adequate supports to ensure that lone parents in work can access well paid […]

Education key to family well-being

One-parent family organisation One Family today announced a 20 per cent increase in the number of one-parent families and professionals accessing their services in 2005. Commenting on the significant increase in the demand on One Family’s services at the launch of their new Policy Paper: Ensuring Quality of Life for All One-parent Families, One Family […]

Government Discussion Document on Proposals for Supporting Lone Parents

Need for a Coherent Policy Framework Overall, One Family believes that there is an urgent need to develop and implement a coherent policy framework for one-parent families that reflects the realities of their lives and those of their children. The key objectives of this framework in our view would be:

Domestic Partnerships

Role of One Family One Family works with all types of one-parent families as well as with new  and blended families. Much of our work revolves around issues related to the formation and ending of family relationships. In all cases our primary concern is the impact of such situations on the child, on ensuring the […]

Social Partnership Discussions

One Family welcomes this opportunity to submit our proposals to the social partnership process. Given the importance of the current social partnership discussions in terms of framing economic and social policy in Ireland over the next possibly ten year period, One Family is keen to ensure that the issues affecting our clients, one-parent families, are […]

Proposed reforms only first step on first step on long road towards providing real opportunities for one-parent families

One-parent family organisation One Family (formerly Cherish) today welcomed moves by Minister Brennan and his department to address the key issues of poverty and social welfare dependency among one-parent families. Yet, One Family cautioned that the reforms proposed will require real, long-term commitment from the State if they are to seriously addresses the realities facing […]

Opportunity or Threat? Reforms for One-parent Families Must Provide Real Opportunities and Choices

One-parent family organisation One Family (formerly Cherish) welcomed the decision by the Minister to engage in a process of consultation around the proposals launched today to support one-parent and other low-income families. One Family believes it is crucial that the proposed reforms offer realistic choices for families. According to the report, one-parent families dependent on […]

Positive Parenting Comes to Limerick

One-parent family organisation One Family (formerly Cherish) today announced that they will be running their innovative Positive Parenting: Training for Trainers course in Limerick. The course provides all those working with families with the tools to design and deliver effective and life-changing parenting courses. Covering the development of a ten-week Positive Parenting Programme, the training […]

All Families Not the Same Means All Families Not Equal

One-parent family organisation One Family (formerly Cherish) today called on the Government to look beyond the limitations of today’s All-Party Oireachtas Committee Report on the Constitution and to shape a Constitution that reflects the diversity of family life in Ireland today. Commenting on the report One Family Director, Karen Kiernan noted that ‘the review of […]

National Anti-Poverty Strategy 2006–2008

One Family welcomes the opportunity to make this submission to the Office for Social Inclusion on the preparation of Ireland’s National Anti-Poverty Strategy 2006–2008. The submission is made in the  context that solo parents are increasingly disadvantaged as a group in Ireland in terms of poverty levels, social welfare dependency and access to services that […]

Pre-Budget Submission 2006

One Family welcomes the opportunity to make this submission in advance of Budget 2006. One Family has designed its pre-budget submission in the knowledge that the Government is considering significant developments in  the area of support for solo parents and for childcare in Ireland. The submission is also made in the context that solo parents […]

Submission to the review of provisions relating to family in the Constitution

Submission to the All Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution The changing nature of family life in Ireland Modern family life in Ireland is remarkably different now compared with the period in which our Constitution was first developed.  With declining marriage and birth rates, higher rates of extra marital cohabitation and birth and a growing […]

Submission in relation to consultation on discussion paper on the rights and duties of cohabitees

One Family broadly welcomes the treatment of the issue of non-marital relationships by the Law Reform Commission on this occasion.  Particularly given that 2004 marks the 10th anniversary of the UN International Year of the Family, it is imperative that current and persistent barriers to the full equality and equal status of all families and […]

Strategy for Strengthening Families

One Family welcomes the opportunity to make a submission in the process of development of a strategy for strengthening families in this 10th anniversary year of the UN International Year of the Family.  On this occasion One Family will focus the submission on the issues to be considered and recommendations regarding provision within the strategy […]

Your Education System

One Family is delighted to have an opportunity to submit to the consultation process “Your Education System” regarding educational access and outcomes for solo parents.  It is not our intention on this occasion to focus on the experience of children in one-parent families in education. Your-Education-System-PDF

National Review of Family Support Services

As a provider of practical support services for one-parent families since 1972 One Family is pleased to be involved in this review.  Our response has been presented in response to the questions as posed in the consultation framework document. National-Review-of-Family-Support-services-06-PDF