Reilly Welcomes New Child Care Bill

Dr. James Reilly TDDr. James Reilly TD

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly has welcomed the publication of the Child Care Bill 2015, which aims to provide for a statutory right to an aftercare plan for eligible children and young people for the first time.
“I am delighted to have this Bill published and look forward to bringing it before the Oireachtas for consideration,” Reilly said. “This Bill builds on the progress made in relation to the provision of aftercare in the recent past and will provide, as a right, for eligible children and young people to have a plan for their transition from State care into independent living,” he added. The Bill obliges Tusla, the Child and Family Agency to prepare an aftercare plan for an eligible child or eligible young person. Tusla will, when the Bill is enacted, have a duty to identify the child or young person’s need for assistance and to prepare a plan that identifies the relevant aftercare supports.
The Minister further explained that aftercare, a term describing the support given to a young person to assist him or her in making the transition to independent living when leaving statutory care at the age of 18, was non-existent a decade ago. “We have now moved to the point where young people leaving care will have a right to an aftercare plan. This has come about in recognition of the particular challenges linked to moving into independent adult living. This Bill lays the foundations for better aftercare support,” he concluded.