Key Concerns:

  1. Lack of detail concerning needs assessments. Assessment is key to any successful plan, and it is vital that this is not left to Regulations.

  2. Absence of implementation process, including timeframe for implementation, accountability for implementation, and review process.

  3. Young people leaving care lack skills or support networks for independent living.

  4. The most vulnerable young people leaving care are those not in education.

  5. Housing Crisis – more accommodation needed in Dublin and weighting system.

  6. Aftercare supports should be extended to 25 years, in line with remit of DCYA and National Children and Young People’s Framework.

  7. The provision of aftercare is not the sole responsibility of the CFA, and cross departmental coordination is vital.

  8. There is no mention of the Leaving and Aftercare Services National Policy and Procedure Document.

  9. Consistent language must be used in the Bill and be congruent with the Leaving and Aftercare Services National Policy and Procedure Document.

EPIC welcomes the opportunity to respond to the General Scheme and Heads of Aftercare Bill 2014 and this submission is to provide additional information and to accompany the oral presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee made by EPIC on the 1st of April 2014 at 5:15pm. Overall, EPIC supports many aspects of this progressive Heads of Aftercare Bill. It provides long overdue legislative footing to the provision of Aftercare, and adds to the many good building blocks that have already been established. EPIC, along with other organisations, and as part of the Action for Aftercare group, has been calling for Aftercare to be provided in legislation for many years.  Any aftercare service must be equitable, consistent, and standardised.

Read the full Submission> Submission to the Joint Committee – Heads of Aftercare Bill 2014 (PDF)

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