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Invisible from view: leaving and aftercare provision in the Republic of Ireland

Carr, Nicola

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Nicola Carr nicola.carr@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

The adequacy of provisions for young people leaving care and in aftercare in the Republic of Ireland have been the subject of recent policy attention. A landmark report, the Ryan Report (2009), into historic abuse in state institutions recommended strengthening provisions in this area. However, the legislative basis for aftercare remains relatively weak and services for young people leaving care remain ad hoc and regionally variable. This article outlines the current context of leaving and aftercare provision in the Republic of Ireland and traces some of the recent policy debates and recommendations in this area. A genealogical analysis of leaving care and aftercare provision highlights that this issue has historically only emerged as a concern in the context in which young people leaving the care system are perceived as a ‘threat’ to social order. It is argued that the failure to adequately reform leaving and aftercare provision is reflective of wider social inequality and of a context in which young people in care are largely invisible from view.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 13, 2014
Journal Australian Social Work
Print ISSN 0312-407X
Electronic ISSN 1447-0748
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 67
Issue 1
APA6 Citation Carr, N. (2014). Invisible from view: leaving and aftercare provision in the Republic of Ireland. Australian Social Work, 67(1), doi:10.1080/0312407X.2013.868014
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2013.868014
Keywords Out-of-home, Care, Social Policy, Child and Family Welfare
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0312407X.2013.868014
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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