Supported by the Esmée Fairburn Foundation, Time to Care provides an overview of the key issues faced by children and young people with experience of care in Northern Ireland.

The training has been developed by, and is delivered by, our Engagement Ambassadors- three care-experienced young people employed at VOYPIC. Drawing on their own experiences of living in care, join Aoife, Courtney and Gavin to explore the fundamental questions, such as:

  What is ‘care’?

  Who is in care?

  Where do children in care live?

  Why do children come into care?

  What is it like to grow up in care?

  What is it like to leave care?

This session challenges the myths and stigmas around young people with experience of care, and equips participants with the language to more effectively talk about care. 


Who should attend?

The training is suitable for anyone working in the statutory sector, outside of the Health and Social Care system.

According to A Life Deserved: A Strategy for Looked After Children (2021) all government departments, agencies and other bodies are members of the Corporate Family, with extended family responsibility for children and young people in and leaving care. This includes staff in:

  All government departments

  All government agencies and arms-length bodies

  Local councils

  Schools, colleges and universities

  GP surgeries, hospitals and clinics

The training is particularly relevant to those working in these organisations.


How long does it last?

The online training session lasts about an hour to 90 minutes, depending on numbers. All sessions will be delivered online via Zoom.

When is it?

This training opportunity is not currently available. 

Any questions?

For any queries related to the Time to Care training, or the Corporate Family, please contact Lee Kane, Engagement Manager – / 028 9024 4888.


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