Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin will spend a day working with young people in care and those who support them in Derry on Friday.
Speaking ahead of spending a day working with VOYPIC (Voice of Young People in Care), the Foyle MLA said;
“It is vital that the voices of young people in care are heard and listened to and that is why the work of VOYPIC is so important.
“As part of the Assembly’s Community Connect programme MLAs have the opportunity to get practical experience of group’s in the community and I chose VOYPIC because of the great work they do.
“Working with VOYPIC will provide an insight and experience of the services they provide to children in care and those leaving care.
“With increasing numbers of children and young people in care it is crucial that there is greater public awareness of the experience of those children.
“It will also provide an opportunity to engage directly with the staff to listen to their experiences and take what I hear back to the Assembly and to the health committee.”