In 2011, Barnardos and the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA) came together to look at the issue of aftercare. Aftercare describes the range of services for children who are leaving the care system at 18 years of age. In Ireland, there is currently no statutory provision for mandatory aftercare resulting in ad hoc and patchy services across the country. Failure to provide adequate aftercare services can exacerbate challenges facing young people leaving care, many of whom are particularly vulnerable. The lack of available supports to prepare and support this transitionary phase in their lives can lead to increased exposure to and experience of homelessness, addiction, criminality, prostitution, poverty, mental health difficulties and early parenthood. Barnardos and PILA explored the legislative basis for aftercare in other jurisdictions, particularly the UK, to examine what options could work in the Irish context

Recent Submissions

  • Why we Need Legislation in Practice 

    Kneafsey, Brenda; Allen, Mike (Barnardos, 2012)
    Presentation by Brenda Kneafsey, Coordinator Aftercare Advocacy and Support and Mike Allen, Director of Advocacy, Focus Ireland on “Why We Need Legislation in Practice”.
  • Legislative Provisions for Aftercare in Northern Ireland and Scotland 

    Carey, Susan; O'Sullivan, Anne-Marie; McRoberts, Lucy (Barnardos, 2012)
    Presentation by Susan Carey, BL, on “Outline of Aftercare Legal Frameworks in Other Jurisdictions”.
  • National Specialist Alternative Care Children & Family Services 

    Mugan, Siobhan (Barnardos, 2012)
    Presentation by Siobhan Mugan, National Specialist for Alternative Care, HSE on “Aftercare and Through Care: Responsibilities, Opportunities and Development”
  • Moving On: Aftercare Provision in Ireland 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2012)
    As children journey through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood the majority experience love, support and stability that enables them to grow into independent, self assured adults. They often stay in the family ...