Children don’t have to tell what happened to them over and over again because staff from several agencies will work together to make the process of disclosure less traumatic – that will be the advantage of this pilot project in Galway which, it is hoped, will be replicated across the country and will ultimately lead to a dedicated Barnahus Onehouse facility being available at all three children adolescent sexual assault treatment service (CASATS) centres in Ireland – in Galway, Dublin and Cork – if the vision is realised.

The new initiative was officially launched on 16 September last by Minister for Health and Youth Affairs Dr Katharine Zappone TD in NUI Galway who wanted to champion this integrated approach.