Advocacy Referrals

Request an Advocate for a young person under 18

Request an Advocate for someone age 18-26

Request an advocacy information session for your service

EPIC Advocacy Referral Guidelines

EPIC is an independent organisation that works with and for children and young people who are currently living in care, those in aftercare and with adults up to their 27th birthday (26 years old) with care experience. This includes those in residential care, foster care, relative care, special care, and detention.

An exception to this is adults over the age of 26 years old who require advocacy support requesting their care files under Freedom of Information.

All referrals are reviewed on a weekly basis on Fridays. If the referral is accepted the advocate who receives the referral will respond within two weeks from the meeting to make an appointment to speak or meet.

Who can make a referral?

Advocacy support can be requested by children and young adults directly (self-referral) or by Professionals or Parents/Guardians on their behalf. The advocacy work will not proceed unless the consent of the child/young person/ care leaver is obtained to do so.

How to make a referral

You can make a referral by:

  • Completing one of the Online Advocacy Referral Forms on this page
  • for Under 18
  • for 18-26 years

or by:

  • Telephone: 01 872 7661
  • Letter: EPIC, 7 Red Cow Lane, Smithfield, Dublin 7, D07 KX52

If you have any questions in relation to the referral process, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01 872 7661.

If you wish to make a formal complaint, please visit our Feedback and Compliants section, where you will find information on making a complaint or sending us feedback, our full Feedback and Complaints Policy and the associated forms that you can use to share your thoughts or experience with us. To leave feedback about the Advocacy Service, or your Advocate, please use the link below.

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