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.