If you are a young person in care at the moment, are leaving care or have experience of living in care in Ireland, or work with young people in care, we really hope you’ll find something on this site that will be of help and of interest. Please feel free to contact us
- 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
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The latest HIQA report on the Dublin South Central Foster Care service only identifies one standard being met, 20 standards requiring improvement and significant risks under five standards: Safeguarding and Child Protection, Assessment and Approval of Relative Foster Carers, Review of Foster Carers, Management and Monitoring of Foster Care Agency and Training and Qualifications.
Although the service was meeting children’s education needs, and the children had developed warm relationships with their foster parents and all had an allocated social worker, persistent delays of several years in assessments and foster care committee decisions, as well as decisions to maintain children in the care of foster parents who had been assessed as being unsuitable and relative foster parents where known risks existed jeopardised the long-term safety of children in the care of the State.read more
Children & Young People in Care in Ireland*
* Source - TUSLA Child & Family Agency Statistics, January 2017
Total In Care
Residential Special Care
Residential General Care
Other Care Placements
No Allocated Social Worker
Relative Foster Care
No Written Care Plan
Life in Care
What is State Care?
- 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
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?
Can I choose where I live when I go into care?
What are my rights if I am taken into care?
Should I be allocated a social worker when I go into care?
What happens if I don't get a social worker?
What is a 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
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EPIC DUBLIN 7 Red Cow Lane Smithfield Dublin 7 Ph: 01-8727661/Fax: 01-8727652 Mob: 087-903 6598 (for texts)
EPIC Cork Map
EPIC Cork Millerd Hall, Millerd Street Cork Ph: 021 242 8434
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EPIC Galway Westside Resource Centre Seamus Quirke Road Galway. Ph: 091 395 605
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EPIC Limerick c/o Limerick Social Services Centre, Upper Henry St., Limerick
Tel: (061) 514518