Aftercare plans to be made mandatory for teens in state care

The Child and Family Agency is to be given statutory duty to prepare an aftercare plan for teenagers living in state care.

The Aftercare Bill 2014 is to be discussed by the Dáil's Health Committee later. Representatives from the Department of Children, the Child and Family Agency, Barnardos and the Children's Rights Alliance will attend.

The Bill will ensure a plan is in place for each child leaving state care as they turn 18.

Committee chairman Jerry Buttimer TD said the legislation would create greater accountability, as well as more support for the young people.

"The vast majority of people will have been in foster care and will continue to live in the family home, but they do require support and care," he said.

"In the past we have seen how vulnerable young people have been left to one side and have ended up in trouble as a result of different types of behaviour.

"Hopefully as a result of this Bill, there will be accountability and transparency in the provision of support for young people."

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