Celebrating the First National Care Day

Celebrating the First National Care Day

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 Visit CareDay.org...
Celebrating the First National Care Day

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...
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