Welcome to the Irish Aftercare Network Website

Check out video highlights of our Annual Conference 2017!

Details for next Irish Aftercare Network Meeting

Date: Tuesday 21st February 2017
Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Venue:Holycross College,Clonliffe Road ,Dublin 3.
Cost: €10.00 per person payable on the day with light lunch and refreshments provided.

RSVP to info@breakingthrough.org no later than Friday 17th Feb
10.45am – 11.00am Registration

11.00am – 11.10am Welcome
Sharon Corish, Chairperson (Irish Aftercare Network)

11.10am – 11.30am Speed Networking

11.30am – 12.00pm Access Services and Supports. Presentation followed by Q &A
Cathy McLoughlin, Senior Access Officer, Dublin City University

12.00pm-12.15pm Tea/Coffee Networking

12.15pm – 1.00pm What about us?
Hard to reach young people’s perspective of their experience of the care system.
Report Presentation
Ciaran Kenny, Don Bosco Care & Ian Doyle, TUSLA

1,00pm – 1.45pm Lunch & Networking

1.45pm – 2.30pm EPIC – What We Do
Peter Lane, Advocacy Officer for DML and Fidelma Guiney, Advocacy Officer for DNE

2.30pm – 3.00pm Aftercare Policy Update
Neil Forsyth, Focus Ireland

3.00pm – 3.30pm AOB

Date for Annual Conference :Friday 26th May 2017, Sheraton Hotel, Athlone


Details for last Irish Aftercare Network Meeting

Date: Tuesday 15th November 2016
Time: 10.45am – 3.30pm
Venue: The Red House, Holycross College,Clonliffe Road ,Dublin 3.
Cost: €10.00 per person payable on the day with light lunch and refreshments provided.

Please RSVP no later than Friday 11th November to info@breakingthrough.org


10.45am – 11.00am Registration
11.00am – 11.10am Welcome
Sharon Corish, Chairperson (Irish Aftercare Network)

11.10am – 11.45am PALS – Peer Aftercare Led Support
Paul Flynn, Crosscare

11.45pm – 12.00pm Tea/Coffee Networking

12.00pm – 12.45pm Lunch & Networking

12.45pm -1.45pm Youth Homelessness
Dr Paula Mayock, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and Social Policy in Trinity College and Senior Researcher at the Children’s Research Centre
1.45pm – 3.00pm Immigration Issues for Young People Leaving Care-Presentation, Discussion, Q&A
Katie Mannion,Solicitor & Leanne Caulfield, Legal Researcher
Immigrant Council of Ireland

3.00pm – 3.30pm AOB
Conference Planning
Date for Conference 2017 :Friday 26th May

Wrap up & close


Notice of AGM

Breaking Through Ltd

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Breaking Through Ltd will take place on:

 Date:        Thursday 6th October 2016

Time:       11.00am-1.00pm

Venue:     Focus Ireland, 9-12 High Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8     

For further information or to notify your intention to attend email:info@breakingthrough.org

Before 29th September 2016 


20/7/2016 – Website under review

We were delighted to  let you know that Breaking Through has been successful in receiving  core funding to  co –ordinate, develop & administer The Irish Aftercare Network. This includes an upgrade to the website that will commence shortly.

All suggestions welcome 🙂


Date For Diary

Next  Irish Aftercare Network Meeting

Tuesday 15th November 2016





19th July 2016  GREAT NEWS!!!

We are delighted to  let you know that Breaking Through have been successful in receiving  core funding to  co –ordinate, develop & administer The Irish Aftercare Network.

We are very grateful to The Department of the the Environment, Community & Local Government through Pobal for this funding. 

It is an exciting opportunity and  we would really like you to be involved. Please help us to plan by clicking on the online questionnaire below and taking a few minutes to complete.  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LC7WDND

We look forward to  continuing our work with you. 

Yvonne  & Marie (Breaking Through)


On behalf of the IAN Committee, we wish to welcome Yvonne and Marie into our Network on a full-time basis and are thrilled to have their assistance, expertise and commitment for the following years to come to ensure that the Network is continuing to improve Aftercare for our young adults.


02nd June 2016

Annual Conference a great success again!

The Irish Aftercare Network in Association with Breaking Through hosted their annual conference on Friday 27th May 2016 and the theme of the day was ‘Caring for Carers’ and feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

 Here are a few snippets of what delegates enjoyed about the day….

     “Learning how important self-care is & how we need to look after ourselves in work”

” I found the theme of the day very useful – it really energised me and it’s great to leave a conference on a positive note”

“All speakers were excellent – information & knowledge they shared is what I found most useful”

“Really enjoyable and uplifting – acknowledging the work that we do & how valued we are”

Roll on next year……. !____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

20th April 2016

Bookings are now open for the Seminar “Aftercare-Caring for Carers”

on Friday 27th May 2016 


Please click on the following link to book online


Cost €30.00 per delegate which also includes hot lunch, teas & coffees

09.30am   10.00am  Registration  
10.00am   10.10am Welcome & Opening Address
   Sharon Byrne Chairperson Irish Aftercare Network (IAN) Chairing the event, Ciaran Kenny Aftercare Worker, Don Bosco Care
         Keynote Address“Caring for those who care for others”Dr Jim LuceyMedical Director of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College.  
10.45am   11.00am     11.00am   11.15am “ Aftercare and Me”Telus Stefan– a young person’s experience of aftercare    Tea/Coffee/Networking
 11.15am   12.45pm     12.45pm-1.45pm   1.45pm-2.15pm 










 “Building Resilience in Caregivers” Resourcing and Sustaining Ourselves in the Work-Tricia McDonnell- Psychotherapist/Consultant/Facilitator/Trainer  Lunch   Laughter YogaAngie Kinsella – Yoga Teacher & Holistic Therapist  A Practical Approach to Developing a Self-care Plan

-Ger McHugh Coach, Trainer and Facilitator



Wrap Up & Close


Hi All,

Please see below for the ‘Save the Date’ for our upcoming IAN Conference. An information brochure on the upcoming presenters will be circulated soon.


Friday 27th May 2016

 Irish Aftercare Network 

in partnership with

Breaking Through


“Aftercare-Caring for Carers”

Bookings open next week on Eventbrite

Cost €30 per delegate


Building Resilience

Stress Management Techniques 

The Glenroyal Hotel


Co Kildare


Professor Jim Lucey-Keynote Speaker

 To register your interest

E-mail info@breakingthrough.org


14th January 2015

Hi All

Happy New Year to you all. The next Irish Aftercare Network Meeting has been pushed back from February to March and  will take place on the following;

Date:      Tuesday 8th March 2016

Time:      10.30am – 3.30pm

Venue:    The Cedar Room, The Red House, Holycross College, Dublin 3

Cost:       €10.00 per person to cover costs with light lunch provided

Please let me know if you have any items you would like to see on the agenda please also circulate details of the meeting to any of your aftercare colleagues who may not be on the mailing list with Breaking Through. 

Other Useful Info:

The link to esuicideTALK is now live on yourmentalhealth.ie: http://www.yourmentalhealth.ie/Get-involved/Community-action/esuicideTALK/

esuicideTALK Free online programme exploring issues about suicide.

esuicideTALK is a one to two hour exploration in suicide awareness. The programme is organised around the question “should we talk about suicide?” and offers a space to safely explore some of the more challenging issues relating to suicide. The programme encourages everyone to find a part they can play in preventing suicide. Its goal is to help make direct, open and honest talk about suicide easier.


23rd October 2015

Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2015

The new bill has been published which includes Aftercare amendments.

Please see below;

Full bill doument;


Memo highlighting Aftercare amendments;



21st October 2015


Please note that at the conference below, Mr. Maurice Fenton is launching his new book;

“Social Care and Child Welfare in Ireland

Integrating Residential Care, Leaving Care and After Care”

Maurice will have a formal book launch on the Monday evening at 7pm with Fr. Peter McVerry giving an address to launch the book. Maurice will be able to offer the book at a reduced rate during the conference due to availing of author’s discount form the publisher which he hope will be helpful and avoid expensive postage costs also.

This book is a must-read for anyone who has an interest in the Irish care system. From academics to policy makers, to social workers and care leavers, we all have a responsibility to understand the many aspects of the care system.”

Wayne Dignam, Chairman, Irish Care Leavers Network

 “Engrossing, informative and challenging. … essential reading for all those with an interest in children in care.”

Fr Peter McVerry, SJ, Founder, Peter McVerry Trust

Maurice Fenton Book Launch


21st October 2015

UNITY Through Relationships Conference

Monday 09th – Wednesday 11th November 2015

The conference should be of interest to Aftercare Workers especially the Wednesday date with Profession Robbie Gilligan, (TCD), who will speak on developing a range of responses to the diverse needs of young people making transitions from life in care

“The second annual ‘UNITY’ conference will build on connections and relationships between staff from all discipline involved with the provision of services to child, youth and families.

Audience: These events are designed to bring together professionals and carers from across ALL disciplines working with and looking after children, youth and families, including: social care practitioners, social workers, EWOs, inspectors and monitors, parents, foster parents, family support, educators, researchers, students and, clinicians. FULL details on all the speakers, workshops and presentations will be available on the Unity Through Relationship website:



To ensure maximum flexibility bookings can be made for ‘individual days’. See link below.


There are reduced rates available until the end of October which makes it extremely good value for a conference. The cost per day is €75 and this includes:

Conference pack, refreshments, lunch and full online access to materials (including presentations and videos of presentation (post event).


  1. Bookings for conference evening dinner can be made on the event-brite page.
  2. Accommodation can be booked directly with the Regency Hotel at http://www.regencyhotels.com (use promo code: UNITY)

UNITY Through Relationship 2015


20th October 2015

‘Irish Aftercare Network Meeting’

We had a very successful Network seminar today with over 40 of our members attending. This created a great forum for highlighting the ongoing national issues affecting our care leavers today, with the main topic of concern regarding the lack of appropriate and supportive housing for our young people leaving the care system.

We hope to accumulate all feedback and concerns and advocate these through the IAN.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our guest speakers today:

– Gemma Collins, Manager Crinan Youth Project Dublin http://crinanyp.org/

– Jacqueline Bourke, Development Officer for Aftercare, Dublin Nth East, TUSLA Child & Family Agency


19th October 2015

NB Re: Youthreach Allowances for Care Leavers

It has come to our attention that the full rate of €188.00 weekly payment is not being paid by all Youthreach placements to care leavers. On following up on this, we have not been able to receive a full explanation from the Department of Social Protection regarding this however we believe it is due to local area agreements.

Once we have more information regarding this, we will update the information here.


15th September 2015


The Next ‘Irish Aftercare Network Meeting’

Date: Tuesday 20th October

Time: 11am – 3pm

Venue: Holycross College, Drumcondra, Dublin 3

If there are any items you would like to add to the agenda or anything you would like discussed at the next meeting on Oct 20th please forward to Yvonne at info@breakingthrough.org

It is hoped that the afternoon session will consist of the group discussing current issues and planning for the year ahead. This would also include any CPD – Continuing Professional Development needs you may have.


24th August 2015


Please note that we have been informed that the Sept. of Social Protection are currently not processing GA applications. To our knowledge, there is an investigation into whether it is legal to process GA payments to a young person who is receiving an Aftercare Allowance from the Child & Family Agency.

If anyone has any further information regarding this, please let us know.

Once we know more details, we shall post them here…


04th August 2015

We are very proud to see the news reporting on Jamie Harrington who saved a stranger from Suicide and gave him support to seek help. This young man has since had a baby with his partner and called the baby after Jamie.

If you remember, Jamie gave a brave speech at our recent IAN Seminair, sharing his story regarding mental health.

Please see link below:



28th July 2015

Child and Family Agency defends plan to revise allowances for over-18s in State care



16th July 2015


To celebrate the 3rd Annual National Care Leaver’s Day EPIC and Care Leaver’s Ireland are hosting an innovative conference aimed at Young People moving towards Aftercare, Young People in Aftercare and Aftercare Professionals.

The Conference will be opened by – Dr. James Reilly T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

Date                    –                  8th October 2015

Time                     –                 9.30 – 4.30

Venue                 –                  Farmleigh

Booking Fee

Professionals €50.00

Students €25.00

Care Leavers/Young People in Care 16 + FREE 

Details to follow.


May 2015

Welcome to the Irish Aftercare Network website

“We are in the process of updating and redesigning the site for easy and informative use for our members, students and interested members of the public.

Please be aware that we will endeavour to ensure that all information posted on this website is as accurate and up to-date as possible. However as we are human, human mistakes are an unfortunate inevitability, so please advise us of any discrepancies in it’s contents.

Also, if you have any feedback, please get in contact!

The current Irish Aftercare Network Committee would like to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and commitment of the founder members of the Irish Aftercare Forum and appreciate their work in setting up this valuable support for Irish Aftercare Workers.

The Committee would also like to take this opportunity to thank BreakingThrough (especially Marie & Yvonne) for all their support, dedication and hard work in providing us with the means to establish and run the Network for all our members.”

Aim of Irish Aftercare Network:

“Provide support to people working with Care Leavers”