CAREDAY 21 WEBINARS

Making Care Fair - Equality through Equity

This series of Care Day Webinars will have an overarching theme of EQUITY and how greater equity can be achieved within the care system.

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CareDay 21 Webinars

Theme: EQUITY

This series of Care Day Webinars will have an overarching theme of EQUITY and how greater equity can be achieved within the care system.

About these Events

Those with Care Experience, Academics, Professionals and many others will explore and recommend how we, as a society, can ensure better, more equitable outcomes for the children and young people who come through our care system.

These webinars will seek to provide participants with an overview of the unique issues facing care experienced children and young people in terms of LGBTI+, Ethnicity, Education, Disability, Accommodation and Justice.

About the webinars

Find out more about each of the Careday 21 Webinars below. 

 

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LGBTI+ 15th Feb @ 11am

Making Care Fair, Equality through Equity – LGBTI+

15th Feb 2021 at 11am

Those with Care Experience, Academics, Professionals and many others will explore and recommend how we, as a society, can ensure better, more equitable outcomes for the children and young people who come through our care system.

This series of webinars will seek to provide participants with an overview of the unique issues facing care experienced children and young people in terms of LGBTI+, Ethnicity, Education, Disability, Accommodation and Justice.

Coming out as LGBTI+ or transitioning at any time can be challenging. Coming out as LGBTI+ or transitioning as a young person in care can add to this challenge.

After extensive consultation with care-experienced young people, EPIC and our project partners BeLong To we have created 2 leaflets and a short animation video as part of a project funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs that we are delighted to be launching during this webinar.

These leaflets and animation video will outline some of the potential challenges, highlight supports that can make the ‘coming out’ process less daunting and also raise awareness of the often harmful effects that being outed can have on a young person’s mental health and on the relationship building process.

EPIC Youth Council Members directly involved in the planning and execution of these resources will share some insights from their own experiences in care. This session will close with a live Q&A that will include Moninne Griffith, CEO of BeLonG To, Vanessa Lacey, Health and Education Manager with TENI- Transgender Equality Network Ireland and Thomas Dunning, Principal Social Worker (Tusla) with the team for Separated Children Seeking Asylum.

Speaker/Contributor Bios:

Dillon Nolan

Dillon is a student social worker with care experience and activist working on the EPIC Youth Council to help improve standards and rights for young people in care and leaving care.

Siobhán Wilson

Siobhán is an Lgbt+ care experienced student, studying to become a social care worker. Siobhán has been part of the EPIC Youth Council concert September 2019

Moninne Griffith, CEO of BeLonG To LGBT Youth Services

Moninne is a passionate social activist with over 20 years’ experience in the fields of advocacy, law and social justice. Today, she leads BeLonG To Youth Services, Ireland’s national organisation for LGBT+ young people. As Executive Director, she is dedicated to supporting and empowering LGBT+ youth, and achieving a world where they are equal, safe and valued in the diversity of their identities and experiences.

After spending 8 years as Director of Marriage Equality, a single-issue organisation working for, and historically achieving, equality for same-sex couples in Ireland, Moninne is acutely aware of the needs and challenges of the LGBT+ community in Ireland today.

Moninne was Chair of the Government’s Gender Recognition Act Review Group and was also a member of their LGBTI+ Youth Strategy oversight committee. Moninne was also a member of the Government’s Taskforce on Youth Mental Health and is a former Chairperson of the National Women’s Council of Ireland.

Moninne worked as a solicitor in general practice for a decade and holds a Bachelor of Civil Law and a MA in Women’s Studies from University College Dublin.

Vanessa Lacey, Health and Education Manager, Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI)

Vanessa is TENI’s Health and Education Manager and has been part of the organisation since 2010. In her role, Vanessa designs and delivers awareness training and Gender Identity Skills Training (GIST) for healthcare professionals throughout Ireland. In 2011, she created the family support group, TransParenCI, which continues to support families around the country. Vanessa has a BA in Psychology and was recently awarded her PhD which focused on grief and loss experienced by trans women and their families. She has made several media appearances in relation to her work and contributes to academic papers. Vanessa is a registered member of WPATH and sits on various HSE and Tusla committees at both national and regional level. Vanessa is also the current Chairperson of TransParenCI.

Thomas Dunning, Principal Social Worker, Separated Children Seeking Asylum /EU Relief Projects, Túsla

Thomas Dunning is the Principal Social Worker of the Tusla Child and Family Agency’s Team for Separated Children Seeking Asylum, and was the clinical and logistical coordinator of Ireland’s Calais Special Project to bring unaccompanied minors (UAMs) from Calais to Ireland as programme refugees. Thomas qualified in Chicago, USA where he worked in the areas of mental health, alcohol and other drug abuse, HIV prevention and LGBT health promotion. He has been a social worker for 31 years; the last 16 of which have been specific to working with children in migration, unaccompanied minors and on family reunification. He has participated in many EASO (European Asylum Support Office) expert working groups on Unaccompanied Minors and has presented the Irish Model of Care and Protection for Unaccompanied Children throughout Europe.

Please note, these webinars are aimed at ages 16+

 

Free Online Event – 15th February 2021 @ 11am
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Ethnicity - 15th Feb @ 2pm

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Free Event – 15th Feb. 2021 @ 2pm
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Those with Care Experience, Academics, Professionals and many others will explore and recommend how we, as a society, can ensure better, more equitable outcomes for the children and young people who come through our care system.

These webinars will seek to provide participants with an overview of the unique issues facing care experienced children and young people in terms of LGBTI+, Ethnicity, Education, Disability, Accommodation and Justice.

During this webinar we will hear from Dr. Clíona Rooney, post-doctoral researcher at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway, on her work in exploring ethnic data collection for Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.

Nikiwe Dube, Clinical Psychologist, will tell us about his experience working with children and young people in the care system here in Ireland and the issues and challenges they face in relation to their ethnicity and identity.

Before our live Q&A, we will have the opportunity to enjoy a discussion between Reo, a member of EPIC’s Youth Council, and Nikiwe as they chat about ethnicity and identity from perspectives of their own lived experiences.

Speaker/Contributor Bios:

Susan Mackey

Susan Mackey holds a Master of Social Work (MSW), HDip Social Policy and BSc (Hons) from University College Cork. Susan also currently works as a Social Worker with the Neighborhood Youth Project, Mayfield and worked as a tutor on the MSW programme, UCC from 2017-18. She was Chairperson on the IASW Special Interest Group on Migration from 2017-18 and now serves as a Committee member. She was also awarded funding by the Irish Research Council to carry out PhD research with Nasc and the School of Applied Social Studies, UCC. This study looked at Child Protection and Welfare Social Work with refugee and asylum-seeking children and families

Dr. Clíona Rooney

Dr. Clíona Rooney holds a B.Sc. (Hons) Architecture from Queen’s University Belfast (2004-2007). She has worked as a Part II Architect in both urban and rural practices. Her PhD research entitled ‘Blind Spot: An investigation into Lifetime Home Standards and Visual Impairment’, explored how age related housing could become more inclusive of visually impaired people.

Since her PhD, Clíona was employed as a post-doctoral researcher at Maynooth University and the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at the National University of Ireland Galway. She has co-authored a feasibility report for conducting a longitudinal study on children in care in Ireland and a report exploring ethnic data collection for the child and family agency.

She is a member of the RIAI Universal Design Task Force (UDTF) and is working in Architectural Services at the Office of Public Works (OPW).

Nikiwe Dube

Nikiwe was born in Zimbabwe in the 1980’s. He attended the University of Zimbabwe where he graduated with a First Class double major in Psychology and Social Sciences. From there, he continued his studies and attained a First Class Masters in Clinical Psychology. He identifies as a gay man, and coming from a country with very little human rights, he knows the suffering endured by these marginalized communities and took it upon himself to want to empower young people in their journey to finding themselves.

Ethnicity and Identity are major concerns in many societies, evidenced but high racism and intolerance. He is a keen advocate for equality among everyone and feels empowering and nurturing young people is a step towards a better tomorrow for all of us. Nikiwe currently works with children and young people in residential care.

Róisín Farragher

Róisín is a care leaver, doctoral researcher and part time teaching assistant with NUI Galway. Her current area of research is based on understanding ‘family’ and family relationships for young people with experience of the care system in Ireland. Róisín has extensive experience in community based activities and in working with youth-based organisations. She also has a number of publications in national and international journals.

Reoland Pepa

Reo is currently studying media production and is a member of EPIC’s Youth Council. He is passionate about ensuring that children and young people with care experience are aware of their rights and are supported in reaching their greatest potential. He wants to give people without care experience an understanding of the care system and how it feels to spend part of your life in the system by using his own personal examples.

Free Event – 15th Feb. 2021 @ 2pm

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Education -16th Feb @ 11am

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16th February 2021 @ 11am

Those with Care Experience, Academics, Professionals and many others will explore and recommend how we, as a society, can ensure better, more equitable outcomes for the children and young people who come through our care system.

These webinars will seek to provide participants with an overview of the unique issues facing care experienced children and young people in terms of LGBTI+, Ethnicity, Education, Disability, Accommodation and Justice.

This Care Day webinar focuses on young people’s experiences of navigating the education system while being in care. Current research, presented by Dr Paul Downes, will identify, and examine opportunities and challenges associated with care and the education system in Ireland. Importantly, care leavers themselves will discuss the value of significant others, their primary and secondary school experiences, transitioning out of care and into adulthood while also offering words of wisdom for other young people in care, professionals and the wider public.

This webinar will conclude with a live Q&A session that will include EPIC Youth Council Members Angelika Majer and Rory Brown, Dr Paul Downes, Advocacy Officer Joe Walsh and Tusla Aftercare Manager Patrick Jones.

Attendees are encouraged to participate and contribute to the conversation on education and care. We hope you can join us for what will be an informed, thought provoking and insightful journey into the experiences of young people in care.

Speaker/Contributor Bios:

Patrick Jones

Pat Jones is the Aftercare Manager for the Dublin South Central Aftercare Service. Pat previously worked as a Social Care Leader and Aftercare Worker in the Midlands Area. Pat’s work experience includes social care, intellectual disability nursing, mental health and addiction services. Pat originally trained as a Registered Intellectual Disability Nurse before returning to college to complete his BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care. Ongoing continuous professional development through education has been a key part of Pat’s career pathway and he is now in his final year of a BA (Hons) in Law.

The importance of supporting education has shaped Pat’s work practice with Tusla’s Aftercare Services. Tusla’s National Aftercare Policy reflects the importance of supporting education and training in all its forms – Second Level Education, PLC Courses, Youth Reach, Apprenticeships, National Learning Networks and Third Level Education. The Dublin South Central Aftercare and Social Work Teams understand that “Educational attainment is a key factor in determining one’s life chances, in particular economic status and employment opportunities”.1 This key piece of research is the cornerstone to aftercare planning with young people and young adults who are part of the Dublin South Central Aftercare Service.

1Fiona Daly, ‘My voice has to be heard, Research on outcomes for young people leaving care in North Dublin’ (EPIC 2012) 17.

Angelika Majer

Angelika is a 22 year old student, currently completing a masters in Community and Youth Work at Maynooth University. Angelika is also a care leaver and spent her teenage years in foster care.

In the future she hopes to work with young people as she believes that her experiences will help her create better and more inclusive environments to support young people facing difficulties.

Angelika has a strong desire to be involved in promoting her positive experiences of being in care while also being part of influencing changes within the system itself.

Angelika is a member of the National EPIC Youth Council and is passionate about sharing her experiences of being in care, so that her experiences will help shape positive and more meaningful experiences for care leavers who will come after her.

Rory Brown

Rory is 21 years of age and currently completing an undergraduate course in Primary School teaching in Mary Immaculate College.

Rory is also a care leaver and spent 11 years in Foster care. Having spent the best part of his childhood in care, he found that education and being supported through his educational journey has played a major role in getting him to where he is today.

His positive experience of education and the long-lasting impact of his teachers along the way, are what have guided him into wanting to work in the area of primary school teaching. Rory hopes to replicate the supports that he received while in care and ensure that he is part of processes that ensure children of all backgrounds are provided with the opportunities to overcome any barriers that they may face in their educational journey.

Rory believes that the road to education can be difficult for care leavers; but takes great pride in being able to promote his positive experience and highlight that young people can reach their educational potential when supported to do so.

Rory is also a member of the National EPIC Youth Council and is passionate about sharing the positives and challenges that he faced while in care, with the hope that it will encourage other care experienced young people to understand that being in care can provide an opportunity to build a successful future for themselves, especially with regard to education.

Dr Paul Downes

Dr Paul Downes is Associate Professor of Education (Psychology) and Director of the Educational Disadvantage Centre, Dublin City University, and Affiliate Professor University of Malta. He has been involved in various expert advisory roles for the European Commission, including for its School Policy Working Groups, the European Education and Training Expert Panel (2018-19) to support the EU’s post-2020 Strategic Cooperation Framework for Education and Training and was a member of the Irish Senate and Parliament Expert Advisory Group on early school leaving.

A Visiting Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (2017) and University of Cambridge, Lauterpacht Centre (2011), he has been a member of the Coordinating Committee of the European Commission’s Network of Experts on the Social Aspects of Education and Training (NESET 2014-19) and Chairperson of the Steering Committee for the Grangegorman Area-based Childhood interagency Programme (2016-20), funded by Irish Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

He led a 12 country European study (LLL2010) on access to education with a major focus on nonformal education, has been the overall evaluator of the ImplOED (Implementing Outreach, Empowerment, Diversity) 11 country project on nonformal education, and was author of 10 European city studies on parental involvement with the PREVENT project.

With over 100 publications of books/research monographs, articles in international peer reviewed ranked journals and book chapters in areas of education, psychology, philosophy, law, anthropology and social policy, Dr. Downes has given keynote lectures and invited presentations in 29 countries. His contribution to international policy and practice includes invitations from 15 different countries’ official ministries to present his research on various aspects of poverty and social inclusion in education, lifelong learning, social & emotional education and wellbeing. His latest book is on relational space in education, Reconstructing agency in developmental and educational psychology: Inclusive Systems as Concentric Space. New York/New Delhi: Routledge (2020).

Joe Walsh

Joe joined EPIC in January 2016 as an Advocacy Officer covering the Mid-West region. He has a professional background in youth work, family support and community work. Joe holds a BA Degree from Mary Immaculate Collage and has also completed a MA in Social Work from NUIG. Joe has a strong belief in educating young people and providing them with avenues to express their ideas, thoughts, and opinions and in doing so, empowering them to take ownership of their lives.

More to follow…

Please note, these webinars are aimed at ages 16+

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Disability - 16th Feb @ 2pm

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16th February 2021 @ 2pm

Those with Care Experience, Academics, Professionals and many others will explore and recommend how we, as a society, can ensure better, more equitable outcomes for the children and young people who come through our care system.

These webinars will seek to provide participants with an overview of the unique issues facing care experienced children and young people in terms of LGBTI+, Ethnicity, Education, Disability, Accommodation and Justice.

Attaining equality through equity for children and young people in care and aftercare with a disability.

There are few studies that have focused on the care experiences of children and young people in care with a disability. In this webinar the speakers will examine the issues and challenges facing children and young people with disabilities in the context of the care system, and look examine what can be done to ensure that these children and young adults are not disadvantaged as a result of their disability.

This webinar will close with a live Q&A session that will include EPIC Youth Council member Alan Fay, Activist and Author Tracey McCann and Activist and Sports Journalist Joanne O’Riordan and academic Pat McGarty.

Speaker/Contributor Bios:

Dr Pat McGarty

Dr Pat McGarty is a senior lecturer in public policy at the Institute of Technology Tralee and has developed and lectured on social care education programmes in Tralee, Athlone, and Blanchardstown Institutes of Technology.

He has also served as policy advisor on a number of bodies including the National Standards Committee on Social Care, and he is a founder member of the Irish Association of Social Care Educators (IASCE).

Pat is also one of the drivers behind the proposal for the provision of additional support for 3rd level students with disabilities. The initiative that Pat has been supporting EPIC on (designated support for Care Leavers at 3rd level) has been included on the agenda for the next national meeting of Registrars.

Pat is a recipient of the Social Care Ireland National Award for his contribution to the social care profession.

Joanne O’Riordan

Joanne O’Riordan studied criminology in UCC and is only one of seven people in the world living with a rare physical disability known as Total Amelia. Joanne first gained attention for skipping school to confront then Taoiseach Enda Kenny about his proposed plan to reduce disability funding during his election. In April 2012, she spoke before the UN and challenged the body to create technology to help disabled people such as herself. She was named Young Person of the Year at the People of the Year awards in 2012.

Joanne is an activist for people with disabilities, a motivational speaker and a sports columnist with The Irish Times. She has used technology to enhance her abilities in both her education and through the wider social environment. She has conquered enormous challenges at home, in school and around her local community.

Joanne adapted her life in such a way that it has given her both national and international acclaim. Joanne is now an example to all able bodied and disabled bodies to live very happy, independent, fulfilled lives.

Tracey McCann

Born in Dublin Ireland in 1988, Tracey McCann was a healthy and able-bodied child, who upon birth showed no indications of ever having anything other than a ‘normal’ life. However, when she was 8 years old her life took a massive turn when she was diagnosed with a disability known as Rapid On-Set Muscular Dystonia. This disability rocked both the lives of Tracey and her family as they came to terms with the sudden reality of their situation. Although she has experienced many moments of negativity and social isolation she has also experienced positive moments and is now actively involved in a large network of people who all share the same goal. That goal is to make all of their own lives and everyone who they meet more meaningful and positive. Tracey McCann is a Two Time Best Selling Author, International Motivational Speaker, Life Coach, Disabled Advocate and Ambassador for the Aunua Academy.

Alan Fay

Alan Fay is 22-years old and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He is a wheelchair user and an active advocate for people with disabilities.

Alan is a member of the EPIC National Youth Council and is passionate about being a strong advocate for young people with care experience and also people with disabilities. He has developed a strong media presence through calls for improvement in Ireland’s infrastructure as a top priority for the Government, in order to make the country accessible for all citizens.

As a wheelchair user Alan has been very vocal on the fact that people with disabilities are forced to stay indoors due to a myriad of accessibility issues and the everyday obstacles that they face – like inaccessible footpaths, cars blocking access and lack of access to public buildings. He feels there are many obstacles that prevent young people with disabilities from living their lives the way we want to.

Alan has overcome many challenges as a young person with a disability, including making the decision to attend a mainstream school to work toward his goal of being able to support himself financially and live an independent life, but describes the lack of job opportunities for people with disabilities as a significant challenge. He is also concerned about housing options for people with a disability and concerned about how he will be able to access housing himself.

Alan wants to see more funding allocated to disability services like the Irish Wheelchair Association, which he has been involved with for the past two and a half years. Alan believes that he would be living a very independent life if the Government would address these issues.

Alan wants Ireland to be a place that is full of inclusion, and a place where you don’t see the person with the disability – you just see a person.

 

Please note, these webinars are aimed at ages 16+

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16th February 2021 @ 2pm

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Justice - 17th Feb @ 11am

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17th February 2021 @ 11am

Those with Care Experience, Academics, Professionals and many others will explore and recommend how we, as a society, can ensure better, more equitable outcomes for the children and young people who come through our care system.

These webinars will seek to provide participants with an overview of the unique issues facing care experienced children and young people in terms of LGBTI+, Ethnicity, Education, Disability, Accommodation and Justice.

This online event explores the relationship between the care system and the justice system. The content has been drawn together by Care-leaver Jessica Duffy and EPIC Advocates, Edel Weldon and Peter Lane. Peter and Edel have many years of experience between them conducting Visiting Advocacy services to Oberstown Children’s Detention Centre and the Dóchas Centre.

We hope to bridge the gap between reality and perception about why it is so many young people with care experience come into contact with the justice system. There will be an online questions and answers session afterwards.

Speakers /Contributors:

Judge John O’Connor

Judge John O’Connor is currently a judge of the Circuit Court. He has extensive practical and academic experience in dealing with vulnerable children. For six years he was a judge of the District Court and the principal judge of the Children’s Court in Smithfield.

Damien Hernon – Interim Director of Oberstown

Damien became Interim Director on 2 November 2020. He has an extensive working knowledge of and experience within the children detention arena which stretches back almost 30 years. He has gained wide-ranging frontline knowledge along with a broad operational understanding which contributes to a holistic approach to developing the campus.

In his role as Interim Director, Damien is committed to building on the platform created over the years by the previous executive in conjunction with the Board of Management, with regard to the future development of our campus, our young people and our staff.

Dr Nicola Carr

Dr Nicola Carr is an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham. She has carried out research (with Paula Mayock) exploring the over-representation of young people with care experience in the criminal justice system. This research was commissioned by the IPRT. Nicola has a longstanding history of involvement with EPIC, having previously served as Chair.

Michelle Martyn: Policy and Research Manager

Michelle Martyn joined IPRT in November 2016. She has managed IPRT’s annual report, Progress in the Penal System: A Framework for Penal Reform and other externally commissioned research projects including: Care and Justice: Children and Young People in Care and Contact with the Criminal Justice System. Previously, she worked in EPIC (Empowering People in Care) as Research, Policy and Fundraising Assistant.

In 2012, Michelle worked as Acting Research and Policy Officer in IPRT and managed and authored ‘Picking up the Pieces: the Rights and Needs of Children and Families Affected by Imprisonment’. She also worked as an Independent Research Consultant for the Probation Service in 2011 on analysis of the project ‘Drug and Alcohol Misuse among Adult Offenders on Probation Supervision: Findings from the Drug and Alcohol Survey 2011’.

She holds a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University College Dublin (2010), Masters in Criminology from Dublin Institute of Technology (2009) and Bachelor of Social Science from NUI Maynooth (2008).

Dr Niall Muldoon

Dr Niall Muldoon is Ireland’s second Ombudsman for Children. Niall, who is a counselling and clinical psychologist and was previously Director of Investigations at the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO), was appointed by President Michael D Higgins on February 17th 2015. As Ombudsman for Children Niall has focused on generating an Ireland where children and young people are actively heard, particularly those who are most vulnerable.

During his tenure the Office has sought to give voice to those children who are often not listened to. In that time the Office has consulted with young people availing of Ireland’s Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Direct Provision, those in children’s hospitals, young people living in Family Hubs and young people affected by Brexit.

The OCO has also published a range of special reports on topics such as Education, Scoliosis Treatment and School Transport, as well as investigations highlighting cases where children’s rights were not respected in the provision of disability supports, in the care system and in housing.

In 2019 the OCO hosted “Beyond Limits: Empowering young people with disabilities” the first event of its kind bringing together 1,000 people in Croke Park for speakers, demonstrations, information and activities – all focused on children with disabilities. Working with others, Niall has contributed to i) the introduction of the ‘Barnahus, Onehouse Galway’ model to ease trauma for children who have been sexually abused and ii) bringing an end to young people being held in adult prisons.

He is also a member of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC) where he holds the role of Secretary on the Bureau.

Please note, these webinars are aimed at ages 16+

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17th February 2021 @ 11am

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Accommodation-17th Feb @ 2pm

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Free Event – Book on Eventbrite
17th February 2021 @ 2pm

Those with Care Experience, Academics, Professionals and many others will explore and recommend how we, as a society, can ensure better, more equitable outcomes for the children and young people who come through our care system.

These webinars will seek to provide participants with an overview of the unique issues facing care experienced children and young people in terms of LGBTI+, Ethnicity, Education, Disability, Accommodation and Justice.

The Accommodation webinar aims to explore the experiences of young people living in care and in aftercare in Ireland, to highlight the different accommodation placements young people live in, while also looking at the areas and gaps which could be improved upon overall, plus current initiatives to improve these experiences.

Our webinar includes;

• A Presentation from The Ombudsperson for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon.

• A discussion piece on ‘CAS – Capital Assistance Scheme’ housing for care leavers with Danielle McGarry a member of EPIC’s Youth Council, William McNamara Tusla National Liaison Lead for Aftercare Services, and Pat Doyle CEO of the Peter McVerry Trust.

• A presentation by John Murphy EPIC’s Research and Advocacy Officer, titled; ‘COVID 19 – A moment in time for children’s residential care services in Ireland’,

• A recorded panel piece between Angelika Majer and Dillon Nolan from EPIC’s Youth Council members alongside Dr. Niall Muldoon OCO and Damien Hernon Interim CEO Oberstown Children’s Detention Campus, discussing the issues care leavers can face around accommodation.

And in-between these presentations we have some creative and informative pieces to show you shared by;

• Our EPIC Youth Council

• Daffodil Care Children’s Residential Services,

• Children and young people from Orchard Fostering service,

• The Smyly Trust Services

This session will close with a live Q&A panel that will include William McNamara (TUSLA), Pat Doyle (PMVT), John Murphy (EPIC), Aisling Bruen (Social Care Team Leader with care experience) and Danielle McGarry (EPIC Youth Council).

Speaker/Contributor Bios:

Danielle McGarry

Danielle is a member of the National EPIC Youth Council, she is an After School Teacher and has a Level 6 Qualification in Advocacy. Danielle is also a care leaver.

Aisling Bruen

Aisling is a Social Care Team Leader with care experience, a Community Volunteer, Housing Activist, and Committee Member of the Irish Aftercare Network.

Dr Niall Muldoon

Dr Niall Muldoon is Ireland’s second Ombudsman for Children. Niall, who is a counselling and clinical psychologist and was previously Director of Investigations at the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO), was appointed by President Michael D Higgins on February 17th 2015. As Ombudsman for Children Niall has focused on generating an Ireland where children and young people are actively heard, particularly those who are most vulnerable.

During his tenure the Office has sought to give voice to those children who are often not listened to. In that time the Office has consulted with young people availing of Ireland’s Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Direct Provision, those in children’s hospitals, young people living in Family Hubs and young people affected by Brexit.

The OCO has also published a range of special reports on topics such as Education, Scoliosis Treatment and School Transport, as well as investigations highlighting cases where children’s rights were not respected in the provision of disability supports, in the care system and in housing.

In 2019 the OCO hosted “Beyond Limits: Empowering young people with disabilities” the first event of its kind bringing together 1,000 people in Croke Park for speakers, demonstrations, information and activities – all focused on children with disabilities. Working with others, Niall has contributed to

i) The introduction of the ‘Barnahus, Onehouse Galway’ model to ease trauma for children who have been sexually abused.

ii) Bringing an end to young people being held in adult prisons.

He is also a member of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC) where he holds the role of Secretary on the Bureau.

William Mc Namara: national liaison lead for Tusla Aftercare Services

William spent many years working in the private sector as a master craftsman following a 5 year apprenticeship programme and changed careers to working with a community charity organisation in the area of physical disability working in support of wheelchair users across all age groups. William while working in this area with no recognised formal qualification in the field of Social Care was influenced by the proactive use of principals of empowerment, social inclusion, access, integration, independence and subsequent outcomes of service users made the decision to study Social Care as a full time mature student while continuing to work in the area of Social Care. A Graduate from WIT & DIT, William now has 30 years of Social Care experience of working in Voluntary and State Sectors directly in areas of homelessness, physical disability, special schools, secure care, residential care, out of hours crisis intervention services and as a designated advocate for children in care . These experiences continue to underpin William’s work within and on behalf of Tusla in the area of Aftercare Services over the last decade.

William holding regional and national aftercare roles has worked specifically to further progress development of Tusla Aftercare Services by leading and supporting the delivery of a range of structural supports, initiatives and projects to assist local aftercare teams who work directly with eligible young people and young adults. As the recent national liaison lead for Tusla aftercare services, Williams’s role is working collaboratively and in consultation with all aftercare stakeholders to inform service improvement planning and development. The principal emphasis is one of maximising supports within identified Tusla resources available at any given time while also embracing a cross governmental, inter-departmental, inter-agency collaborative approach with reference to legislation, national policy and/or framework documents which can further enhance development and delivery of a quality aftercare support service.

To name one project William is the Tusla lead for the Capital Assistance Scheme accommodation for care leaver’s. William within his remit of implementation lead in consultation submitted an internal Tusla proposal of identified accommodation need for a cohort of young people and young adults. Following consideration of this proposal, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs/ Tusla CAS project team was established to develop a set of key principles in preparation of a CAS application to Department of Housing Planning and Local Government. On subsequent approval of this application by DHPLG to include Care Leavers as a category, William presently has a supportive advisory role in the implementation of the CAS programme in this context.

Pat Doyle, CEO Peter McVerry Trust

Pat Doyle was appointed CEO of Peter McVerry Trust in late 2005.Pat has a Higher Diploma and a Master’s in Education and has over 30 years’ experience in the community and voluntary sector. During this time, Pat has worked in the area of social inclusion, managing a range of initiatives, projects and organisations that work with marginalised young people at risk of homelessness and addiction and those within residential care settings and criminal justice institutions. This experience continues to underpin his work with Peter McVerry Trust, to promote inclusion and to open doors for people impacted by homelessness.

Pat is the current President of the Irish Council for Social Housing, the representative association for approved housing bodies in Ireland, of which Peter McVerry Trust is a member. Pat is also a member of the Department of Housing’s High Level Housing Delivery Group and the High Level Taskforce on Homelessness.

John Murphy

John has worked with EPIC since September 2012 as an advocacy officer and over the last two years combined this work with research. During this time John completed a Law Degree in UCC and followed this up with an LLM (Child and Family Law) where he did his dissertation on young people in Special Care.

Angelika Majer

Angelika is a 22 year old student, currently completing a masters in Community and Youth Work at Maynooth University. Angelika is also a care leaver and spent her teenage years in foster care.

In the future she hopes to work with young people as she believes that her experiences will help her create better and more inclusive environments to support young people facing difficulties.

Angelika has a strong desire to be involved in promoting her positive experiences of being in care while also being part of influencing changes within the system itself.

Angelika is a member of the National EPIC Youth Council and is passionate about sharing her experiences of being in care, so that her experiences will help shape positive and more meaningful experiences for care leavers who will come after her.

Dillon Nolan

Dillon is a student social worker with care experience and activist working on the EPIC Youth Council to help improve standards and rights for young people in care and leaving care.

Damien Hernon – Interim Director of Oberstown

Damien became Interim Director on 2 November 2020. He has an extensive working knowledge of and experience within the children detention arena which stretches back almost 30 years. He has gained wide-ranging frontline knowledge along with a broad operational understanding which contributes to a holistic approach to developing the campus.

In his role as Interim Director, Damien is committed to building on the platform created over the years by the previous executive in conjunction with the Board of Management, with regard to the future development of our campus, our young people and our staff.

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