President Higgins calls for child aftercare legislation rollout

President Michael D Higgins was speaking at an event to mark National Care Leavers' Day

 

President Michael D Higgins was speaking at an event to mark National Care Leavers' Day

President Michael D Higgins has said it would be good planning on the part of the Government to allocate resources to roll out legislation ensuring every child leaving state care will be given an aftercare plan.

He also expressed concern about the shortcomings identified earlier this week in HIQA's report on services for children in care in the Midlands.

President Higgins was speaking after opening a conference in Dublin Castle to mark National Care Leavers' Day.

Over 6,000 young people are currently in the State's care, the vast majority of whom depend on foster carers.

Addressing an audience over half of whom had experienced or who are currently receiving care, the President praised their courage and determination especially when many have to leave the only home they know on turning 18 years of age.

Late last year the President signed into law an amendment to the Child Care Act which, when it is rolled out or commenced by Government, would give every care leaver the right to an assessment and a care plan at the age of 18.