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Christine Buckley Centre for Education and Support, Barnardos Origins & Tracing, Caranua, One in Four, HSE National Counselling Service, Right of Place Second Chance, Towards Healing. (2020) Facing the future together conference report 2020. Dublin: .

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This conference was to mark the 20th anniversary of the State apology to survivors and the 10-year anniversary of the publication of the Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (the 'Ryan' Report). 

P.13 At some point in their lifetime (but not when interviewed) approximately a third of survivors had depressive, anxiety or alcohol and drug use disorders

This finding speaks strongly to the organisers requests for survivors receiving continuing support in terms of

  • Medical cards
  • Access to counselling and specialist services such as homelessness and addiction services 

One of his summary points from the research was, "Institutional child abuse was correlated with adjustment problems in adulthood". Survivors have a more difficult time as adults directly because of what happened to them as children in institutions. 

P.28 Ms. Nicola perry, service manager community response, primary alcohol and liver health service, located in Dublin

Nicola's presentation focused on experiences of adult survivors of institutional abuse, specifically the evidence-based link between Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) and addiction in later life. She also discussed the positive impact that the Trauma Informed Care (TIC) model can have for survivors when implemented by service providers. 

The presentation began by giving an overview of what trauma is, the types of trauma that have been listed, negative experiences in institutions being one of these and the behavioural impact that childhood trauma can have on adult life. Some examples of ACEs were given as childhood neglect or abandonment, lack of food, lack of money to meet basic needs, homelessness, death or loss of a parent, divorce, family life that includes drug addiction, alcoholism, parental incarceration, violence and negative experiences in institutions. Each one of these is recognised as one II ACE".

Item Type
Report
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
Date
August 2020
Pages
52 p.
Corporate Creators
Christine Buckley Centre for Education and Support, Barnardos Origins & Tracing, Caranua, One in Four, HSE National Counselling Service, Right of Place Second Chance, Towards Healing
Place of Publication
Dublin
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