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Title: Irish Association of Young People in Care


1
Irish Association of Young People in Care
2
Introduction
  • Introduction
  • Context in which IAYPIC was set up
  • About IAYPIC
  • Childrens Rights and Participation Officers
  • Aftercare Support Network

3
Mission Statement
To advocate for and promote the rights and needs
of young people with care experience through
their participation at all levels throughout the
care system
4
National Context
  • Child Care Act 1991
  • Children First National Guidelines 1999
  • National Childrens Strategy 2000
  • Health Strategy Quality and Fairness 2001
  • Children Act 2001
  • Ombudsman for Children Act 2002
  • All support the principles laid down in the UNCRC

5
Context - Numbers of children in care nation-wide
  • 5220 children in care
  • 1700 admitted to care every year
  • 5 children every day
  • 85.6 in foster care
  • 7.68 in residential care

6
Objectives
  • Give a voice to what young people with care
    experience are saying
  • Promote the rights of children and young people
    with care experience
  • Provide information/advice/support to young
    people with care experience
  • Promote the participation of young people with
    care experience

7
Young People Consultation and Participation
8
Consultation and Participation?
  • Participation is often confused with
    consultation but there is an important
    difference. Participation involves adults
    devolving a degree of power to children and young
    people so that they can have a share in decisions
    that affect them.
  • New South Wales Commission for Children and Young
    People, 2001

9
Participation
  • Participation is more than just giving the
    younger members of our community a say. It is
    about listening to their views, taking them
    seriously and wherever possible giving practical
    effect to their ideas and suggestions
  • New South Wales Commission for Children and Young
    People, 2001

10
Benefits of Participation
  • For Children and Young People
  • Provides skills to negotiate, build
    relationships, communicate, make decisions
  • Builds confidence
  • Helps provide them with safe care
  • Promotes a sense of worth and self-esteem

11
Benefits of Participation
  • For Service Providers and Society
  • Gaps in services can be identified
  • Ensures the needs of Young People will be met
  • Informs service delivery and helps development of
    quality, child centred services
  • Helps build confidence and encourages involvement
    as active, responsible citizens

12
Within IAYPIC how weve been involving young
people
13
  • 7 young people on IAYPIC Management Committee
  • Newsletter produced and written by young people
    with care experience
  • WEBSITE Young people involved in design of
    website
  • Ongoing consultation with children and young
    people nationally
  • IAYPIC Traineeship
  • Peer Support Work

14
Recent Work
15
What IAYPIC do
  • National Child Welfare Strategy Consultation
    with young people
  • Comhairle na nÓg/OMCYA - Forum
  • Ombudsman for Children
  • Presentations by young people at conferences and
    training events
  • IAYPIC Traineeship

16
The IAYPIC Traineeship
  • Began 2007
  • 1 year Programme
  • Four Trainee Positions
  • 2 Aftercare Peer Support Trainees
  • 1 Childrens Rights Participation Trainee
  • 1 Web Development Trainee

17
Why do we need this service
  • Needs of Young People leaving care
  • Education
  • Support
  • Training
  • Development of skills
  • Options
  • Self-Confidence, self esteem
  • Resilience

18
What do we hope to achieve?
  • Peer support and education
  • Provide individual young people with opportunity
    for training and supported work experience
  • Raise awareness of issues among professionals,
    carers, students

19
Outcomes
  • Trainees
  • Skills, confidence, qualifications
  • Young People in Care, Leaving care, Aftercare
  • IAYPIC
  • - Learning
  • - Challenges
  • - Model for future development
  • Professionals, students, carers
  • - Impact of needs and experience of young
  • people very powerful
  • Service providers
  • - Views of YP heard
  • - Highlights needs of YP leaving care
  • - Potential to contribute to change and best
    practise
  • - Future service development

20
Peer Support Groups/Networks
  • Peer support
  • Explore experiences
  • Look at issues
  • Provide information
  • Promote participation
  • Raise awareness of rights
  • Networks and links with other groups locally and
    nationally

21

Issues arising for Young People
  • Aftercare/leaving care
  • Unaccompanied young people seeking asylum
  • Difficulties of living in care
  • Individual advocacy

22
The Learning
  • We need to learn from the past to make changes in
    the future
  • We need to listen to young peoples experiences
    and ask their opinions of what could be improved
  • They are willing to share their views

23
Books for further reading
  • Taking Participation Seriously NSW Commission
    for children and young people www.kids.nsw.gov.au
  • Guidelines for Consulting Children and Young
    People in relation to Developing Public Policy
    and Services in Ireland Childrens Rights
    Alliance and NYCI
  • Young Peoples Charter of Participation The
    Childrens Society
  • Consultation and Participation Models for
    Children and Young People in Care Create
    Foundation, Australia www.create.au
  • Children as Partners in Planning A training
    resource to support consultation with children
    Save the Children www.savethechildren.org.uk
  • So you want to consult with children? A toolkit
    of good practice Save the Children
    www.savethechildren.org.uk
  • Guidelines on How to involve children and young
    people in your work - National Childrens Office
    / Childrens Rights alliance / National youth
    Council of Ireland.
  • Hear 2B Heard - Irish Association of Young People
    In Care. Strategic Plan 2004 2009.

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IAYPIC - Here 2B Heard
Irish Association of Young People In Care, 6 Red
Cow Lane, Dublin 7 00-353-1-8727661 E-mail
info_at_iaypic.ie www.iaypic.ie
Thank-you for your attention!
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