Review of National Aftercare Policy

Review of National Aftercare Policy

This submission aims to inform Tusla (the Child and Family Agency) of the aftercare issues raised by young people through our National Advocacy Service Final Submission to Tusla on Review of National Aftercare...
Submission on Foster Care Committee Policy

Submission on Foster Care Committee Policy

This submission aims to provide input to inform the current review of the HSE Foster Care Committees, Policy, Procedures and Best Practice Guidance from a child rights perspective EPIC submission review of HSE Foster Care Committees Policy, Procedures and Best Practice...
EPIC’s Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child

EPIC’s Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child

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. The rights and needs of Adolescents can often be overlooked. The effect of this official UN recognition will help influence States to implement adolescents’ rights, in particular, the rights of vulnerable young people such as those growing up in alternative care. Here EPIC highlights some of the key issues that young people growing up in State Care have. Key issues raised in the report include: access to mainstream education, access to technology, appropriateness of placements, placement instability, lack of follow-on placements, access and frequency of family and sibling contact, participation in care reviews and preparation for leaving State Care. Final Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child -...
Submission to the Joint Committee on Health and Children – Heads of Aftercare Bill 2014

Submission to the Joint Committee on Health and Children – Heads of Aftercare Bill 2014

Key Concerns: Lack of detail concerning needs assessments. Assessment is key to any successful plan, and it is vital that this is not left to Regulations. Absence of implementation process, including timeframe for implementation, accountability for implementation, and review process. Young people leaving care lack skills or support networks for independent living. The most vulnerable young people leaving care are those not in education. Housing Crisis – more accommodation needed in Dublin and weighting system. Aftercare supports should be extended to 25 years, in line with remit of DCYA and National Children and Young People’s Framework. The provision of aftercare is not the sole responsibility of the CFA, and cross departmental coordination is vital. There is no mention of the Leaving and Aftercare Services National Policy and Procedure Document. Consistent language must be used in the Bill and be congruent with the Leaving and Aftercare Services National Policy and Procedure Document. EPIC welcomes the opportunity to respond to the General Scheme and Heads of Aftercare Bill 2014 and this submission is to provide additional information and to accompany the oral presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee made by EPIC on the 1st of April 2014 at 5:15pm. Overall, EPIC supports many aspects of this progressive Heads of Aftercare Bill. It provides long overdue legislative footing to the provision of Aftercare, and adds to the many good building blocks that have already been established. EPIC, along with other organisations, and as part of the Action for Aftercare group, has been calling for Aftercare to be provided in legislation for many years.  Any aftercare service must be equitable, consistent, and standardised....
 

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