Aftercare programmes ‘a vital part of young people’s lives’ – McLellan
Speaking this evening on the need for more adequate aftercare facilities for children, Sinn Féin Children’s Spokesperson and TD Sandra McLellan has said children leaving care are possibly some of the most vulnerable children in our state and that current services do not go far enough in protecting these children.
The Cork East TD said:
“Aftercare programmes play an integral play in the care system in Ireland. They are a vital part of a young person’s life on their exit from care. They set out an important foundation to enable them to cope with the difficult time of leaving care, and in some cases, embarking on a life of their own, with their own independence and responsibilities.
“This Bill (Childcare Amendment Bill 2015), although welcome, does not go far enough in protecting these children.
“Children leaving care are possibly some of the most vulnerable children in our state, and in many cases are leaving care on the back of some very traumatic experiences.
“These children deserve the opportunities and access to enable them to live both happy and productive lives. They are the future generations of our nation and should be treated equally, being cherished and nurtured in a way that allows them to realise their full potential.”