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Title: Irish Association of Young People in Care

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

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
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

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

  • 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

Young People Consultation and Participation
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

  • 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

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

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

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

Recent Work
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

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

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

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

  • Trainees
  • Skills, confidence, qualifications
  • Young People in Care, Leaving care, Aftercare
  • - 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
  • - Future service development

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


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

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

Books for further reading
  • Taking Participation Seriously NSW Commission
    for children and young people
  • 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
  • Children as Partners in Planning A training
    resource to support consultation with children
    Save the Children
  • So you want to consult with children? A toolkit
    of good practice Save the Children
  • 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.

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