The Child and Family Agency provides leaving and aftercare services for young people which are responsive and relevant to each young person’s circumstances under Section 45 of the Childcare Act 1991. All young people who have had a care history with the Agency are entitled to an Aftercare Service. Services are provided on the basis of assessment of need, age and the length of time the young person was in care.
Services are provided in partnership with a wide range of statutory and non-statutory agencies.
Preparation for leaving care starts when a young person enters into the Care system but formal preparation should begin no later than the young person's 16th birthday and the approach to aftercare is informed by the wishes and agreement of the young person. Services can be provided up to 21 years of age or 23, if in full time education, for those young people who are eligible as per Section 45 of the Child Care Act 1991.
Following extensive consultation Tusla has introduced a Standardised National Aftercare Allowance for young people who have been in care for 12 months on their 16th birthday or for 12 consecutive months prior to their 18th birthday. This weekly standardised allowance of €300 per week ensures equality for all care leavers engaged in training and education.
Click here to view the Guidance Document for the Implementation of the Standardised Aftercare Allowance.