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Video: Aftercare - RTÉ's Morning Edition
Audio Interview - Near FM
Jennifer Gargan talks to NEAR FM about the role of EPIC.
Audio Interview - Northern Sound
September 2014. Jennifer Gargan on Northern Sound
“DON’T MISS IT! AFTER CARE-THE STORY OF IRELAND’S CARE LEAVERS”
Programme Details: ‘After Care: The Story of Ireland’s Care Leavers’, 9th February RTE1 @ 9.35pm.
EPIC looks forward to a documentary which focuses on the experiences of young people leaving State Care in Ireland due to be broadcast tonight on RTE One.
The programme will create greater public awareness and understanding of the challenges that young people leaving State Care face. Aftercare continues to be one of the main presenting issues for young people engaging with EPIC’s advocacy service.
Speaking in advance, Director of EPIC, Jennifer Gargan made the following comment:
“We are delighted that RTE will tonight televise a documentary that highlights the experiences of young people leaving the care system.
Audit into the use of Section 12 of the Child Care Act 1991 by An Garda Síochána identifies a crucial need for an out-of-hours social work service
This report shows that Gardaí were often kept in the dark about the progress of cases once they had handed children over to the care of Tusla.
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.
EPIC is celebrating the second annual Care Day on Friday the 17th of February 2017 at the Ombudsman for Children’s Office in Dublin at 5.00PM. It is a special day to celebrate the positive experiences of children and young people in care. Young people and professionals have been invited to share their positive experiences of the care system. This event will be preceded by a creative workshop for young people.
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- Jennifer Gargan talks Aftercare with the Irish Examiner
- Mark from EPIC shares his experiences of leaving the care system
- EPIC Youth Board campaign features on The Journal
- EPIC comments on Social Worker resignation figures
- EPIC comments on HIQA disability report
- Mark from EPIC talks about his care experience
- Jennifer Gargan says more staff is needed at Oberstown
- Jennifer Gargan comments on Amnesty International Publication
- Jennifer Gargan talks about the Aftercare Bill
- Jennifer Gargan talks about care system data proposal
- Jennifer Gargan on the Child and Family Relationships Bill
- Jennifer Gargan talks about the leaving care guide