This report offers an overview of the EPIC National Advocacy Service’s activities in 2022, providing insights into the children and young people who utilised the Service and the issues it addressed. EPIC thank Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, for funding this Service, and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth for their collaboration and engagement.
Throughout 2022, a dedicated team of nine EPIC Advocates, with the support of two Advocacy Managers, worked across Ireland, assisting 564 children and young people on a total of 848 advocacy cases. Our Advocacy Service is also dependent on collaboration with a wide variety of individuals, organisations, and services in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. We acknowledge the many professionals with whom we work that are dedicated to meeting the needs of care-experienced children and young people. We especially wish to acknowledge the children and young people who came through our Advocacy Service in 2022, whose experiences and challenges are documented throughout this report.
This marks EPIC’s fourteenth Advocacy Service Report. The data presented in this report, along with previous Advocacy Service Reports, plays a pivotal role in shaping the development of EPIC’s programmes and policies. It enables us to identify and monitor ongoing and emerging trends, as well as the daily challenges faced by the community of children and young individuals who seek assistance from us.
We especially wish to acknowledge the children and young people who came through our Advocacy Service in 2022, whose experiences and challenges are documented throughout this report.