IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5th October 2015
EPIC has been talking about inadequate funding of services for Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, since its inception. EPIC strongly supports Gordon Jeyes, CEO of Tusla, in his request for an increase in funding for the Agency. If we want an appropriate service for vulnerable children and their families then it must be properly funded. The Government must act and allocate the necessary resources in the next Budget. Overall budgetary constraints over the last number of years have disproportionally affected vulnerable families and many have been left behind. As our ability to spend on capital investments increases, we must recognise that investment in our families has to be a central priority and that investment made now will see rewards well into the future. Vulnerable families, children in care, and young people leaving care need appropriate and early supports to ensure their outcomes are positive. Without adequate resources front line staff cannot provide the level of care and cannot access the services that are required. Current staffing levels are unacceptably low, case loads are too high, and the thresholds for intervention cannot be met.
Jennifer Gargan, Director of EPIC said:
“Not intervening early enough has disastrous consequences for children, young people, their families and the country as a whole. It results in later interventions that are more costly and less effective. TUSLA cannot continue with its current level of resources, and EPIC calls on the Government to respond immediately to Gordon Jeyes’ request, with a commitment to provide the necessary funding. We cannot continue in this cycle of crisis intervention.
Let us help children and young people early enough, so that they can help themselves in the future. EPIC calls on the Government to ensure that the required funding is made available. All children are valuable, let us ensure that all children have a chance of a positive future.
EPIC and Care Leavers Ireland will be addressing some of these issues in its 3rd annual conference this Thursday the 8th of October entitled; ‘Care Leavers, Care About Your Health’. The focus of the conference is on the importance of young people in care and leaving care, minding themselves in all aspects of their health and building and maintaining positive relationships in order to achieve their full potential.
Notes to the Editor
- EPIC and Care Leavers Ireland will today host the 3rd annual national Care Leavers conference. The event will take place at Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8 this Thursday, 8th October 2015. The conference is targeted towards young people with care experience and professionals working in the field. The purpose of the conference is to raise awareness among care experienced young people and professionals working with young people to promote positive physical, mental and sexual health. The conference runs from 9.00-16.30. To book your place, visit www.eventbrite.ie. Young people with care experience can attend this conference for free. Entry costs for professionals or other interested parties are €50.00 and students €25.00.
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Jennifer Gargan, Director of EPIC
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