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EPIC goes into the West!

Diary Notice: EPIC Goes Into the West!     When: Monday, February 15th from 2pm-5pm Where: ILAS Building, NUIG, Galway.    Immediate Release: 11th February 2016 EPIC will launch its National Advocacy Service in the West region on the 15th of February 2016. The aim of EPIC is to raise issues of concern for children in care and promote young people’s participation in decisions relating to their care. The expansion of EPIC’s Advocacy Service in the West means children and young people in care in this region will have easier access to an independent Advocate. Speaking prior to the launch of the service, Director of EPIC, Jennifer Gargan commented: “The aim of EPIC’s advocacy service is to ensure that every child in care has an opportunity to be heard. We have experienced an increasing number of referrals as our Service continues to grow. The expansion of our service in this area will provide for an accessible, equitable and direct 1:1 advocacy service for young people locally based in the West region.   EPIC’s role is to empower young people in care and ensure that the voices of children and young people are heard both at an individual and systemic level; to impact on change within the care system.”  The goals of EPIC are to ensure that the participation of young people in care is promoted, that young people’s rights are upheld and young people are able to access services and resources they require. Ends There are currently 6,346 children in the care system in Ireland. Of these 1,460 children and young people are in care in the West. (Figures from Tusla as of...

Experience of Aftercare

From a young care leaver discussing her experience of Aftercare: I had a great after-care experience. I was aware of my after care plan. When going into aftercare I was a bit nervous at first but when I moved in I settled in fine. My experience was amazing because I had the support from both my after care worker and the previous staff that worked in my previous residential unit. I am currently in full time education and living in a private accommodation .I also have a financial package that is put in place for my wellbeing .My advice for other young people is that young people need to be aware of their after-care plan and also need to have an understanding of what an after care plan is all...
 

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