- Give a voice to what young people with care experience are saying
- Explain the rights of young people in care
- Give information, advice and support to young people with care experience
- Help people who work with young people in care to involve them more when decisions are being made about them.
We do this through..
- working directly with young people who are in Care or have Care experience
- working with organisations that work with young people in care
You can read more about our work in About Us
Children & Young People in Care in Ireland*
* Source - TUSLA Child & Family Agency Statistics at March 2015
Total in Care
in Secure Care
without an allocated social worker
Relative Foster Care
without a written care plan
Latest Press Release
Latest Care Update
With and on behalf of young people in State Care in Ireland, EPIC prepared a submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) who are developing a General Comment on Adolescents.
The submission highlights key issues for young people in State Care under the four guiding principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Non-Discrimination, Best Interests principle, Voice of the Child and Survival and Development.read more
Last night RTE’s Prime Time programme highlighted the case of a child who remained in the same Foster Care placement in circumstances where there were child protection allegations. This raises serious concerns of how the State responds when allegations about a child’s safety are made.
Speaking following the documentary, Director of EPIC, Jennifer Gargan made the following statement:
“The primary duty of Tusla and the State is to ensure for the care and protection of every child. There needs to be a fail-safe process in place to ensure every child is protected…”
The Board of Directors is inviting expressions of interest from suitably experienced consultants to conduct an evaluative study of the performance of the organisation in the implementation of its Strategic Plan 2013 – 2015. The findings from this study will contribute to the strategic direction of the organisation over next 5 years.read more
Life in Care
What is State Care?
State Care means you are placed in care after a Judge decides that this is in your best interests. This can happen if that your parents are unable to give you the care you need to keep you safe and protected at home. If you are taken into care you could live in:
- Foster Care- This is living with Foster Parents that care for children and look after you in their home
- Relative Care- This is living with a family member such as a Grandparent, Aunt, Uncle or another member of your family where they will care and look after you in their home.
- Residential Care– This is living in a house with other young people in care and residential care staff.
How can I be taken into care
A decision can be made your parents or by a Judge that it is not safe for you at home and therefore State Care is the best option for you. Voluntary Care: Voluntary care is when your parents agree with The Child and Family Agency (Tusla) that the best option for you is to be taken into care.
In some cases parents are unable to cope due to illness or other problems, and they may agree to their children being taken into care. In such cases while The Child and Family Agency has care of the children, it must consider your parents’ wishes as to how your care is provided. The CFA must provide you with care as long as it’s required. Care Orders: There are a number of ways that the CFA (Tusla) work with children. The CFA may apply to the courts for a child to be placed in care. There are a number of different care orders: Emergency care order - maximum of 8 days in care Interim care order - maximum of 29 days in care but may be extended Full Care order - can continue up to age 18 Interim special care order - maximum of 28 days but may be extended Special care order - maximum of 6 months but may be extended.