January 18, 2019

Exploring the extent of workplace related violence experienced by Social Care Workers in residential Disability Services

Exploring the extent of workplace related violence experienced by Social Care Workers in residential Disability Services This study will clarify what work place related violence is and how prevalent it is among Social Care Workers in residential disability services in Ireland. It seeks to identify the effects of workplace violence on Social Care Workers. This study will aim to identify whether there is likely to be under reporting of this issue. Description of workplace violence (WPV) adapted for the purpose of this research is defined as: “Workplace violence as violence that occurs where people, in the course of their employment, […]
January 15, 2019

Participation in Research with UCD for Social Care Workers

You are invited to take part in a research study examining the effects of workplace violence and psychological factors on Social Care Workers’ compassion fatigue. Principal Investigators: Keith Cregan (Principal Investigator), Dr Mary Ivers (Supervisor). Study Title: The Effect of Workplace Violence on Social Care Workers’ Compassion Fatigue. Before you decide to participate, it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please read the following information carefully. To take the questionnaire press the continue button at the bottom of the information page.
January 14, 2019

Call for Abstracts extended to 25th January 2019

Conference Theme: Caring for Social Care Professionals Date: 27th & 28th March, 2019 Venue: Limerick Radisson Hotel The Social Care Ireland Conference Organising Committee welcome abstracts for consideration for research and practice/policy presentations, and workshops at the Social Care Ireland 2019 Annual Conference. The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to 1 pm, Friday 25th January 2019. Abstracts, accompanied by a fully completed abstract coversheet, should be submitted to socialcareirelandcon@gmail.com Abstract guidelines and a copy of the abstract coversheet can be downloaded here. Please note that abstracts must adhere to the submission guidelines and that late submissions cannot be […]
January 14, 2019

HSCP Day 1st February 2019

Building on a hugely successful Health, Social Care Professionals day 2018, this years HSCP Day will take place on the 1st February 2019. The day provides a valuable opportunity to; share knowledge & experiences amongst HSCP & multi-disciplinary colleagues, helping to develop communities and networks of practice. Share the value of HSCP services to our service users & the healthcare system overall, leading to increased awareness about the work of individual professionals, better collaboration and shared understanding Recognise and celebrate the enormous impact of HSCP services on our service users, made possible only through our dedicated and inspiring work of […]
January 7, 2019

AUsome Cork conference

Ireland’s first ever all-autistic conference the theme is bridging the gap. A diverse range of autistic speakers will discuss a range of important topics. Keynote speaker Jennifer Cook O Toole. Tickets available at www.konfidentkidz.ie/events. Tickets priced at €89. Autistic artists will be spotlighted at the event, an art exhibition is on afterwards from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm For further details click here
December 18, 2018

Social Care Ireland Student Award 2019

The aim of the Social Care Ireland Student Award is to recognise and reward outstanding contribution and excellent performance of Social Care Students. The principles of fairness and transparency will apply in the implementation of the Social Care Ireland Student Award. Eligibility; The Social Care Ireland Student Award is open to full-time and part-time Social Care Students nationally. The definition of a Social Care Student, for the purposes of this award, is students in 1st year right up to 4th year who are studying to become Social Care Workers. Nomination; Awards will be presented annually at the Social Care Ireland […]
December 18, 2018

Social Care Ireland Outstanding Performance Award 2019

The aim of the Social Care Ireland Outstanding Contribution Award is to recognise and reward the outstanding contribution and performance of a social care worker, manager or educator. The principles of fairness and transparency will apply in the implementation of the Social Care Ireland Outstanding Contribution Award. Eligibility; The Social Care Ireland Outstanding Contribution Award is open to Social Care Ireland Members and Non-members within the Republic of Ireland. Nomination; Awards will be presented annually at the Social Care Ireland Conference. Nominations must be submitted on the nomination form and can be submitted by service users, colleagues, members of the […]
December 18, 2018

Garda Vetting Services

The Irish Association of Social Care Managers have been processing Garda Vetting on behalf of companies across the Social Care Sector since 2011. The IASCM Special Interest Group under the auspices of Social Care Ireland, has successfully expanded this service and recently have introduced a robust and comprehensive Affiliate Agreement to ensure confidentiality and compliance under GDPR. Currently, the IASCM SIG is processing Garda Vetting for in excess of 30 Affiliate organisations with an average turnaround of approximately 10 days.  The cost per application is €10 and this includes processing of Garda Vetting application, answering of queries relating to applications […]
November 22, 2018

John Sharry, SolutionTalk – Talks & Courses

TALKS AND COURSES; ‘Building Children’s Self-Esteem’ Evening Talk Dublin: Wed 28th Nov 2018, Blanchardstown Carlton Hotel, 8-9.45pm. ‘Helping Children Overcome Anxiety’ Parent Course 9am-1pm, Dublin: Sat 12th Jan 2019, Blanchardstown Carlton Hotel Cork: EXTRA DATE ADDED Sun 20th Jan. Rochestown Park PARENTING Q&As If you have a question, I might be able to answer it anonymously through my Tuesday column in The Irish Times. Please email health@irishtimes.com. Links to articles are posted weekly on my facebook and twitter pages and there are hundreds of parent Q&As archived on my website, which you can search by category here. • ‘My son […]
November 22, 2018

Your Mental Health – HSE

The HSE has redeveloped YourMentalHealth.ie to provide a significantly improved experience for those seeking mental health information, supports and services in the Republic of Ireland. People can now find personalised support options through a search tool that generates information on online resources, telephone and face-to-face services relevant to a wide range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety and stress. The site has the most comprehensive guide of mental health services provided to the community. Please consider promoting it among the communities you work in. If you have a service or provide education/training/workshops or other initiatives in the Dublin South […]
February 3, 2016

Stakeholder Consultation – Social Care Workers Registration Board

CORU is seeking your feedback on its draft Profession Specific Criteria for Education and Training Programmes for Social Care Workers and draft Standards of Proficiency for Social Care Workers. For more information please click here. Irish Association of Social Care Workers and Social Care Ireland have formed a working group to review and prepare consultation on these documents. IASCW and Social Care Ireland members can send consultation responses to cpd@iascw.ie by March 30th for consideration by the working group who will submit an overall response to CORU by April 8th. The draft documents are available to view now. Please note […]
March 31, 2016

Who cares for the carer? Newstalk Podcast

Irish Association of Social Care Workers have been advised by Sorcha Heron who produced Who Cares for the Carer? that this has been the most listened too podcast in the Newstalk series in 2015 and has generated significant interest. Noel Howard (IASCW) and Denise Lyons (IASCE) are interviewed by Sorcha Heron on Who Cares for the Carer? on Newstalk on Monday 26th October. The programme focused on Social Care Workers experience of burnout, workplace violence and the physical, emotional and psychological impact of this on their personal and professional lives. Several Social Care Workers interviewed explain how their experiences of […]
March 31, 2016

Department of Health Press Release: Assisted Decision Making Bill

Minister Kathleen Lynch Welcomes groundbreaking legislation repealing the archaic Lunatics Act and Lunacy Regulation. Major step forward in the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with capacity difficulties. Passage of Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 On the final day of the Dail before the Christmas break, Minister Kathleen Lynch, Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health Primary Care and Social Care (Disabilities and Older People), welcomed the passage of pioneering legislation which will enshrine the right of vulnerable people to take their own decisions where possible. Minister Lynch said: “I am delighted that the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) […]
May 17, 2016

Highlights from Social Care Ireland Conference 2016

Social Care Ireland Conference 2016 took place on the 14th & 15th April in the Killashee House Hotel, Naas. Co. Kildare. The two day Conference was attended by over 250 Social Care Students, Workers, Managers and Educators from across Ireland. Watch the highlights below;  
May 19, 2016

Social Care Leadership & Management, MA offered by Dublin Institute of Technology

The new MA in Social Care Leadership and Management offered by Dublin Institute of Technology is due to commence in September 2016. It is a 90 ECTS credit programme, with an exit award of Postgraduate Diploma on completion of 60 ECTS credits. This new Programme is aimed at Social Care Workers who are currently in a leadership or managment post or for those who wish to progress their careers. Programme Vision The vision for this programme is to develop excellence in social care leadership and management. Students will be facilitated to develop their capacities in delivering social care services grounded […]
May 19, 2016

Social Care Ireland – The Way Forward

Carlos Kelly, Chair Social Care Ireland Executive provided an update on the developments and vision for Social Care Ireland going forward into the future at our Annual Conference 2016. Carlos outlines the key reasons for establishing Social Care Ireland as a limited company and the new membership benefits package. Further keynote presentations are now available to Social Care Ireland members to view from SCI Conference resources page. Simply login to website to view presentations from Dr. Mark Smith, Dr. Ben Charnoud and Ms. Ginny Hanrahan (CORU), as well as to access presentations from a range of speakers at this year’s […]
May 24, 2016

Homeless children given beds in adult hostels

Kitty Holland and Fiona Gartland, The Irish Times, 24th May, 2016 Homeless children are being accommodated on blow-up beds in adult hostels as the number of families in emergency accommodation has passed 1,000 for the first time. The latest Department of the Environment data shows there were 1,037 homeless families with 2,121 child dependants in the State in April. This represents a 90 per cent rise in homeless children, and a 105 per cent increase in the number of families, since April 2015. Charities working with those affected described the figures as shocking. In the past week in Dublin four families had to […]
June 6, 2016

Annual Health & Social Care Professions Research Conference

CONFERENCE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS The HSCP EDA Research Subgroup invites your submission for its one-day conference on: Improving Health – Research driving innovations in healthcare PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MONDAY 18TH JULY. This Conference will take place on Wednesday 16th November 2016 in the Conference Centre in Dublin Castle The deadline for abstract submissions for presentation at this Conference is Friday 29th June ’16 with notification of acceptance by early Sept ‘16 PLEASE send SUBMISSIONS TO: frances.conneely@hse.ie For further details on the call for abstracts click here. For the abstract submission form please click here.
June 15, 2016

Tusla and Garda group look at sex abuse claims in care

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, and An Garda Síochána have stepped up efforts to deal with any alleged abuse or sexual exploitation of children in the care system. The news follows various reports of abuse, including the Irish Examiner’s coverage of the ‘Grace’ case, where a woman with severe intellectual disabilities suffered sexual abuse in a foster home between the late 1980s and 2009. A spokesperson from Tusla confirmed the establishment of the working group. “Tusla can confirm that a sub-group of the Garda Síochána/Tusla strategic liaison committee has been established to review matters concerning alleged exploitation of children in […]
June 15, 2016

‘46% of women killed by bare hands,’ Women’s Aid warns

Domestic violence agency says women more at risk from current or ex- partners than strangers. A man’s bare hands can be “the most dangerous weapon women face”, Women’s Aid warned on Wednesday, as new figures show no weapons were used in nearly half of all killings of women in Ireland over the last 20 years. Women are more at risk of attack, or death from current or previous partners and of violence in the home more than they are from strangers, according to the organisation’s director, Margaret Martin. “Women have told us how they were strangled, choked and scalded in […]