IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 21st October  2015

EPIC warmly welcomes the publication of the Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2015 as a step in the right direction towards our ultimate goal of full legal entitlement to aftercare services for all young people leaving care.  The Child and Family Agency, Tusla, will now have a statutory obligation to ensure young people leaving State Care have an aftercare plan.

Jennifer Gargan, Director of EPIC, today said

“Any step forward is positive and I warmly welcome the long awaited publication of this Bill. However, an aftercare plan based on a needs assessment should not be curtailed by resources and resource issues continue to hamper the delivery of services by Tusla.  We would like to see this Bill address the fact that there is no right to appeal the needs assessment for the aftercare plan carried out by Tusla, and we would like to see specific mention of the need for aftercare preparation to begin years before a young person turns 18. EPIC will continue to advocate for further changes in legislation.”

The provision of an aftercare service is a support that all young people leaving care require. Young people leaving State care are particularly vulnerable and need a well-planned and timely aftercare service.  Aftercare continues to be one of the main presenting issues for young people engaging with EPIC’s National Advocacy Service and this new statutory entitlement to an aftercare plan will help towards the ultimate goal of a right to a fully resourced and equitable aftercare service for all.

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