EPIC 20th Anniversary Article Series

                         EPIC 20th Anniversary Article Series      EPIC – The Beginnings By Mr. Ken Hodgins, former HSE Social Work Team Leader February 2019   “The beginnings of IAYPIC – the Irish Association of Young People in Care began as far back as April 1995. The Childcare Committee of the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW), which I chaired, brought together a group of young people in care alongside other agencies including the Irish Foster Care Association (IFCA) and the Children’s Legal Centre; and the ‘Young People in Care Support Network’ was established.  This group faded away unfortunately after about six months due to lack of support.  The following year, when the IASW was meeting with the Department of Health regarding the setting up of the Irish Social Services Inspectorate (which later became HIQA) the Department offered me an opportunity to bring a group of young people in care, into the Dept. of Health to give their own views on the setting up of the Inspectorate and the Care System overall.  This took place in October 1996, and one of the priority items on the young peoples’ agenda was to receive a commitment from the Dept. of Health to provide funding to set up a professionally run organisation to represent the voice of young people in care and care leavers.  This group met again a few weeks later in an office in Focus Point (which later became Focus Ireland) and I believe that this was when we formally called themselves IAYPIC (following the Australian Organisation AAYPIC, and VOYPIC...

EPIC 20th Anniversary Article Series

                                                       EPIC Anniversary Article Series               A personal reflection on the early days of EPIC By Catherine Carthy – founder of EPIC 24th January 2019   On the 15th January 2000, I began work in the role of National Co-ordinator of the Irish Association of Young People in Care (IAYPIC). It sounds grander than it was, as in reality the organisation was a desk on the top floor of Barnardo’s Head Office in Dublin, a mobile phone and a 2-page project proposal. In the first weeks, I began to draw up plans of how we could action their vision for the organisation. We initially met as a small group of five, but quickly identified a number of key people to be part of a wider management committee. The organisation was still little more than an elaborate proposal with a co-ordinator. Within a number of months, IAYPIC was being recognised as an organisation that represented the views of young people in care and we began to be inundated by requests to participate on boards and fora where the voice of young people in care had been missing heretofore. The National Children’s Strategy was being drafted in those first months of 2000, and John Collins from the Department of Health asked IAYPIC to convene a group of young people with care experience who would give their views on what they thought should be included in a ten-year children’s strategy....

Football Blitz and Flashmob

20th February 2019 #CareDay19 Football Blitz and Flashmob February 20th 2019 Continuing To celebrate children in care Get Vocal, Get Social, Get Involved Last Friday the 15th of February saw EPIC and other organisations around the world celebrating care day. Care Day is the world’s largest celebration of children and young people with care experience. They deserve to be celebrated, on care day, and every day. EPIC is continuing these celebrations on Wednesday the 20th of February in collaboration with Don Bosco to celebrate children and young people in our care community. Check it out on https://careday.ie/ Terry Dignan, CEO of EPIC, said: “EPIC is delighted to be collaborating for the 3rd year with Don Bosco Care in a football blitz, with support from Dublin City Sport and Wellbeing (D.C.C.) and Swim Ireland, in Clontarf between 1 and 3pm, as part of our #CareDay19 celebrations. This is a wonderful event for young care leavers to have some fun and promote health and positivity in care.  Across town, in the centre of Dublin, other young care leavers will participate in a flashmob on Wednesday afternoon. It will be a fun afternoon! So, get vocal, get social and get involved in celebrating the successes and positive achievements of those in care or with care experience this Wednesday.” Ciaran Kenny, Don Bosco said: “Every Tuesday for the last ten years about 20 young people gather to kick a football around in Clontarf. It is a wonderful social outlet for Young People with care experience, a great way for these young people to be part of a community, to have a positive experience, and have...

Care Day 2019 Diary Notice

DIARY NOTICE A global celebration of children in care – February 15th 2019 Friday February 15th 2019 Care Day 2019   Who: A Global Celebration of Children & Young People with Care Experience What: Katherine Zappone T.D, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs will launch Care Day at TU Dublin Tallaght Campus (Room 001) at 10.15am and Children’s Ombudsman, Mr Niall Muldoon, will host an event at the Ombudsman for Children’s Office at 3pm. Both events are centred on children and young people with care experience, some of whom will speak and perform. Where: TU Dublin Tallaght Campus (Room 001) at 10.15am and The Ombudsman for Children’s Office at 3pm When: February 15th 2019 Background: Care Day is the world’s largest celebration of children and young people with care experience. They deserve to be celebrated, on care day, and every day. EPIC is hosting several events around the country to celebrate children and young people in our care community. Check it out on https://careday.ie/ AVAILABLE ON THE DAY Interview Opportunities: Care Experienced Young People & Terry Dignan, CEO of EPIC Telephone: 01 8727 661 Mobile: 087 2370269 Katherine Zappone T. D. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs will be available for comment at our event in TU Dublin Tallaght Campus DIARY NOTICE CARE DAY 2019 EPIC -...

Care Day 2019 – #CareDay19

#CareDay19 follow the great events at https://careday.ie #CareDay19 Care Day 2019 is on February 15th.  Care Day (see careday.ie) is the world’s largest celebration of children and young people with care experience. Care experience includes children and young people who are or were cared for by family members with the support of social workers; by foster carers; or children and young people from children’s homes and residential units. They deserve to be celebrated, on care day, and every day. Find out more, join in and keep up with all the great #CareDay19 events happening in Ireland, the UK, and beyond on the CareDay site at careday.ie Care Day 2019 is an opportunity to celebrate the rights of care experienced children and young people, towards a world where young people are proud, fulfilled, are able to thrive and achieve their dreams. We invite every child and young person with experience of care, as well as those who care for and support these young people, to join in this day of united celebration. It is an opportunity to illustrate how care experienced people can feel different to others and why. February 15th 2019 is the next Care Day; and we would encourage everyone to get vocal, get social, and get together in celebration of the care experienced community. Find out more by visiting...

Celebrate #CareDay18

Terry Dignan, CEO of EPIC said “On February 16th next, EPIC, with our 5 Nations 1 Voice partners, will celebrate the third ‘Care Day’ since we launched the inaugural Care Day in 2016. Care Day is an opportunity to unite in celebrating the rights of care experienced children and young people, their stories and their achievements. This year we look forward to the biggest Care Day yet by welcoming even more children, young people, their friends, family and carers and care organisations to join in the celebrations. Be part of changing the story for children and young people in care and care leavers by spreading the word for Care Day 2018 and joining us through your participation in the celebration of Care Day 2018! #CareDay 18 - Show your support and get involved! How to get involved… Take a selfie with the downloadable Placard, and on the 16th of February post it on social media using the hashtag #CareDay18 - If you’re not okay with posting a selfie, you can just post a picture of your placard. You can also use our Care Day Twibbon to show your support easily on your Facebook or Twitter page. Care Day Twibbon Young Persons Placard Supporters...

Education Fair for Young People in Care

RELEASING POTENTIAL - EDUCATION FAIR FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN CARE! Children, young people, carers, and relevant professionals welcome to this information fair on educational opportunities for young people in care after they leave school! When: Saturday 25th November 2017 // 11:00-1:00PM Where: Graduates Memorial Building (GMB) Trinity College Dublin Map to GMB available here // For more information visit...
Expressions of Interest Requested for Tender-Evaluation of Implementation of EPIC Strategic Plan

Expressions of Interest Requested for Tender-Evaluation of Implementation of EPIC Strategic Plan

Purpose of the Evaluation The Board of Directors is inviting expressions of interest from suitably experienced consultants to conduct an evaluative study of the performance of the organisation in the implementation of its Strategic Plan 2013 – 2015. The findings from this study will contribute to the strategic direction of the organisation over next 5 years. Required Evaluation Outcomes An analysis of the overall implementation of the Strategic Plan 2013 -2015 Review the implementation of the strategic plan and identifying successes and areas for improvement; The process should include producing a written Evaluation report including recommendations The process A tender assessment panel will examine all expressions of interest received. The panel will need to satisfy itself that those expressing interest have demonstrated that they have the level of skills and experience required to carry out the study, that they have the ability and experience to manage and the contract and are available to do so within the timeframe. They will also be able to demonstrate value for money. Those expressing an interest should fill out the short questionnaire which can be accessed by following the link at  Expressions of interest for tender -Evaluation of Implementation of Strategic Plan 2013 -2015 Please submit questionnaire to Jennifer Gargan, Director of EPIC at jennifergargan@epiconline.ie Those shortlisted (up to a maximum of 6 ) will be invited to submit a full tender document. Closing Date : 5.00pm Tuesday April 26 2016 Enquiries Any query in connection with this expression of interest can be submitted by email to the Director Jennifer Gargan jennifergargan@epiconline.ie...
EPIC and TUSLA Celebrate #CARE DAY 2016!

EPIC and TUSLA Celebrate #CARE DAY 2016!

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT: EPIC and TUSLA Celebrate #CAREDAY 2016!  Immediate Release: 19/02/16 Where: Ombudsman for Children’s Office, Millennium Walk, Strand Street, Dublin 1.   When: 19th February 2016  EPIC and Tusla - The Child and Family Agency will officially launch and celebrate the first National Care Day on the 19th of February 2016. This is a special day marked to celebrate the positive experiences and lives of children and young people in State Care. A special event will take place at the Ombudsman for Children’s Office in Dublin where a number of young people will present to invited guests. Director of EPIC, Jennifer Gargan stated: “Today EPIC and Tusla launches what we hope will be an annual event that continues to grow. Care Day aims to increase public awareness and celebrate the talents and achievements of children and young people in care. We hope that this event will show the importance of highlighting the many positive experiences young people have in care.”    Fred McBride, Chief Executive, Tusla stated “Tusla are pleased to celebrate in partnership with EPIC this first National Care Day in Ireland. It is important for us as an Agency to acknowledge and honour the many  achievements of children and young people in care.” Care Day will also be celebrated on February 19th in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales as part of a wider campaign to promote a positive care identity for young people across all 5 Nations. ENDS This event can only be attended by invitation only. If you are interested in attended this event, please contact EPIC at (01) 8727661. You can follow and engage in this...
Celebrating the First National Care Day

Celebrating the First National Care Day

For information on CareDay 2019, please visit careday.ie (The post below is historical for info only)   Celebrating the First National Care Day  EPIC will launch and celebrate the first National Care Day on the 19 February 2016 Venue:                 Ombudsman for Children’s Office, Millennium Walk, Strand Street, Dublin 1. Date:                     19 February 2016 Time:                    2.30 – 4.00p.m. This is a special day marked to celebrate the positive experiences of children and young people in state care.  EPIC will facilitate a special event where a number of performances and presentations will be made by young people to invited guests at the OCO, Dublin. The event is part of a larger campaign that EPIC are involved in with their partner organisations across the Five Nations:- England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. As part of the event EPIC will launch their Postcard Campaign and we will call on everyone to tweet your wishes for children and young people in care using the # below #CareDay...
ATTENTION CARE LEAVERS! CARE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH

ATTENTION CARE LEAVERS! CARE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH

Celebrating the 3rd Annual National Care Leavers Day   SAVE THE DATE: 9.00-16:30, Thursday 8th October 2015 Where: Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8. Programme (PDF)   Care Leavers Care About Your Health Conference Brochure Immediate Release: 30th September 2015 EPIC and Care Leavers Ireland will host its 3rd Annual National Care Leavers Day in Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8 on Thursday, 8th of October 2015. The theme of this year’s conference is promoting positive health for Care Leavers. Interactive workshops will focus on key aspects of health including: physical well-being, mental health, relationships, sexual health and advice for LGBT young people and professionals about coming out in care. Speaking today, Director of EPIC, Jennifer Gargan made the following comment: “It is extremely important that we raise awareness about promoting positive health amongst young people in care and for professionals working with them. This conference is unique because it is youth-led and targeted at young people leaving, or having left State Care. We, as practitioners and policymakers, have a shared responsibility in ensuring that young people are aware of the importance of keeping themselves healthy and building and maintaining relationships in order to achieve their full potential.”          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. Media interviews with the Directors and care experienced young people can be arranged on the day.  For all media enquiries, or to arrange an interview please contact: For full details of the programme, please click on the...
Dire Direct Provision Care Highlighted

Dire Direct Provision Care Highlighted

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has today published a report on its inspection of the child protection and welfare services provided to children living in direct provision accommodation in four of the Child and Family Service  (Tusla)Areas, namely Louth/Meath, Midlands, Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan and Dublin North City. As an organisation that works directly with children and young people, EPIC is very aware of the impact a poor environment can have on the safety, welfare and wellbeing of a child.  The findings of the first ever inspection report into Direct Provision has raised a number of concerns. Director of EPIC, Jennifer Gargan, made the following comment: “Children in Direct Provision are being raised in poor conditions, and are being exposed to things that children should not be confronted with. Direct Provision has, for many years, come under criticism. Year after year the State has failed to improve conditions, despite recommendations to do so from many rights based organisations who work on the ground with this group[1]. For example, the Ombudsman for Children’s Report to the UNCRC[2], published last week, again highlighted concerns in relation to Direct Provision as an unsuitable form of accommodation for children for longer than 6 months. This HIQA report is shocking, but long overdue. Concerted action is now required by the Minister for Justice, the Minister for Children, the Reception and Integration Agency, and the Child and Family Agency (Tusla), and the Working Group which has been set up by Government to examine Direct Provision and other aspects of the protection process must result in positive action.” EPIC welcomes the fact that HIQA is now monitoring the quality of...

News & Events

News & Events What's Happening?   #CareDay19 follow the great events at https://careday.ie #CareDay19 #CareDay19 A global celebration of children in care – February 15th 2019 Get Vocal, Get Social, Get Involved Care Day is the world’s largest celebration of children and young people with care experience. They deserve to be celebrated, on care day, and every day. EPIC is hosting several events around the country to celebrate children and young people in our care community. Check it out on https://careday.ie/...
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