About the Irish Aftercare Network
The Irish Aftercare Network managed and co –ordinated by Breaking Through provides advice and support to professionals working with young people leaving care in Ireland. There are over 450 individual members of the Irish Aftercare Network representing over 80 organisations covering every county in Ireland.
Aftercare is a term used to describe the planning and support put in place to meet the needs of a young person who is leaving care services at age 18 years. Currently, there are approximately 6000 young people in care in Ireland. Each year, approximately 450 to 500 young people leave the care of the State. The professionals who support these young people are called Aftercare Workers. Working in collaboration with other professionals, Aftercare Workers are responsible for working with young people to help them make a smooth transition from care to independent living.
Aims of the Irish Aftercare Network
- Provide support to Aftercare Workers and other professionals working with care leavers
- Create better outcomes for young care leavers in Ireland
- Share and promote models of best practice in aftercare
- Collate and disseminate evidence-based research
- Develop a directory of services and resources
- Provide peer support and access to training
- Advocate for the development of standards for young people leaving care
- Facilitate quarterly network meetings for Aftercare Workers
- Host a National Annual Conference
The Irish Aftercare Network provides a forum for Aftercare Workers to access peer support, information, training and an opportunity to network with their peers. It also gives a platform to discuss current issues of concern. The issues raised in these forums are then used to advocate for policy reform and improvements in practice.
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