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July 20, 2018

Update on the Registration of Social Care Workers

The Social Care Workers Registration Board was established in March 2015. From its establishment the Board recognised the significant scope of work to be undertaken in order to open its register. Unlike other professions regulated by CORU to date, social care workers had not been subject to external regulation to date. As a result, the Board were required to undertake the necessary foundational work to implement statutory regulation for social care workers. The importance of this preparatory work is essential to set the correct standards and assure protection of the public. To read further click the following link 
July 6, 2018

M.A. Leadership in Therapeutic Child and Social Care – Carlow I.T.

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s is delighted to announce our new Masters programme beginning in October this year. The M.A. Leadership in Therapeutic Child and Social Care is based on our well established MATCC programme that has been running at the college for over 10 years. The newly designed programme now emphasises the skills and abilities required for leading therapeutic care in practice. We have found that graduates of the programme move to take on positions of practice responsibility within the organisations in which they work and beyond. Key features of the programme:  An advanced practice course with an emphasis […]
June 27, 2018

Resilience Matters- Social Care in Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Save the date: 8th November 2018 Social Care in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Present Resilience Matters Tackling resilience, technology and mental health   With Keynote Speakers on the day: Colman Noctor is a Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist. He has worked across a range of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services both in Ireland and abroad and he has a wealth of national and international clinical experience. Colman specialises in the treatment of emotional disorders. As a self-confessed technology addict himself he has a keen interest in the effects of contemporary media on child development and mental health and frequently contributes to national media […]
June 26, 2018

CORU Updates for Social Care Workers

CORU have commenced recruitment for Social Care Work Academics and Practitioners who may wish to apply for reviews teams who facilitate programme approval on behalf of the Social Care Workers Registration Board. The Social Care Workers Registration Board will be undertaking approval of social care work education and training programmes under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (as amended). It is anticipated the programme approval for social care work education will commence in mid-2019. Review teams constituting social care work academics, practitioners and members of the public assist the Registration Board with this work CORU are also currently […]
June 15, 2018

Family Carers Ireland: ‘Life After Care’ Conference

Family Carers Ireland: ‘Life After Care’ Conference June 18th 2018 Hilton Hotel Kilmainham Inchicore Road Dublin 8 Time: 9:30 am- 14:45 pm Family Carers Ireland (FCI) are running a year long pilot program ” Plan C” providing supports to carers where a change has occurred in their role as a carer. This Conference is part of the project to highlight research that has taken place around the family carers role and what happens when that role changes or ends ? We would like to see more research in this area. Click this link for further information: Click HERE
May 31, 2018

Disability Sector: Violence in the Workplace?

Disability social care workers please note that a further research study in conjunction with UCC will take place this Autumn on the subject of Violence in the Workplace. Further details to follow as they become available.
May 31, 2018

Registration Awareness Study

Social Care Ireland ‘Statutory registration awareness amongst social care workers survey’ report here.  
May 29, 2018

M.A by Research (level 9) funded by Limerick Institute of Technology

LIT Funded M.A by research (Level 9) opportunity under ASCEND research group. The successful candidate will be researching factors leading to young people in care having aggressive and violent outbursts and are they preventable? Closing date is June 10th at 5 pm. Supervised by Ms. Geraldine Maughan. Maughan
May 28, 2018

RIP Bernadette Manning

Social Care Ireland would like to note the recent sad passing of Bernadette Manning and wish to extend condolences to her family and all at Positive Care Ireland.
May 28, 2018

Smart Patients Online Training platform

Smart Patients Modules We have designed three online modules, which focus on empowering you to develop self-confidence and your competence in promoting health and participating as informed citizens in your healthcare system. The main objectives are summarised under the project motto: Prevent-Empower-Participate. Smart Patients courses Three Smart Patients Modules entitled Prevent-Empower-Participate offer a range of awareness raising, training and demonstration materials that will empower you around important health issues. Each module is made up of a series of sub-modules and these sub-modules can be completed as stand-alone learning experiences. Smart Patients mobile application The Smart Patients’ mobile phone application was developed to facilitate […]
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 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: 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 […]