EPIC has been set up to..
- 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..
We do this by..
- 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
There is life after care, and we can help with your questions about leaving care and getting support to get on with your life when you turn 18.
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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.
Who will look after me while I am in care?
While you are in care you will be looked after by either your foster family or by the staff in a residential home. Your social worker will discuss big decisions about your care with you while you are in care. You should always be entitled to be a part of any decision made about you while you are living in care.
Can I choose where I live when I go into care?
The decision about where you will live will be made by the Child and Family Agency (Tusla). Your social worker will talk to you about this. Your social worker will try and find someone in your family first before they decide to place you anywhere else.
What are my rights if I am taken into care?
Should I be allocated a social worker when I go into care?
Yes. All young people in care should have a social worker allocated to them from The Child & Family Agency (Tusla).
What happens if I don't get a social worker?
What is a Care Plan?
A care plan is a plan is the plan about your care that your social worker prepares. It includes your care placement, your access arrangements made between you and your parents and your educational arrangements. It will also look at your health and emotional needs. You social worker should talk to you about your care plan.
What the team say..
I really enjoy the work with EPIC, because the young people that we meet are inspirational often despite their difficult situations. It’s fantastic to see how with encouragement and someone listening and believing in them how much young people have to say about their lives, and what they are capable of achieving…John
My work in EPIC involves helping young people who are in care or who have care experience to speak up about their lives.
It is so rewarding to see young people having their say and realising that their voice matters
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