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October 12, 2018

World Mental Health Day 2018

Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job. For many, these are exciting times. They can also be times of stress and apprehension however. In some cases, if not recognized and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness. The expanding use of online technologies, while undoubtedly bringing many benefits, can also bring additional pressures, as connectivity to virtual networks at any time of the day and night grows. Many adolescents are also living in areas affected by humanitarian […]
October 12, 2018

Mental Health Ireland: Building Resilience & Wellbeing

To be emotionally resilient means having the ability to cope with a difficult or stressful time. Mental Health Ireland building Resilience and Wellbeing, for more information click here How do people deal with difficult events that change their lives? The death of a loved one, loss of a job, serious illness, terrorist attacks and other traumatic events: these are all examples of very challenging life experiences. Many people react to such circumstances with a flood of strong emotions and a sense of uncertainty. Yet people generally adapt well over time to life-changing situations and stressful conditions. What enables them to do so? It […]
October 8, 2018

HIQA – Consultation to Support Rights Based Approach to Support Services

HIQA is developing guidance to support a rights-based approach to care in health and social care services. The guidance will support health and social care professionals working in adult services in Ireland to deliver services that respect human rights by providing information about human rights that relate to health and social care. What is a rights-based approach to care? A human rights-based approach is about empowering people using health and social care services to know and claim their rights and to increase the ability and accountability of service providers to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of people using services. […]
October 4, 2018

Consultation on Social Care Workers Registration Board Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics

We would like to make you aware that from Friday 05 October to Friday 02 November, CORU will open a public consultation on the: Social Care Workers Registration Board Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics Draft Bye-Law. When grand-parenting (two year transitional period) opens in 2022 for Social Care Workers, in order to practice you will need to register with CORU. As a registrant you must comply with this Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics. You must be aware that a breach or breaches of this Code could be held to be professional misconduct or poor professional performance and could result […]
October 4, 2018

Limerick Institute of Technology- Dept. of Applied Social Sciences MA by Research

Funded Positions in LIT: The Department of Applied Social Science in LIT are funding Masters by Research for any social Care Workers interested. The title is “Continuing Professional Development in Times of Transition Effective Supervision in Social care Competencies and Coru” For further details click here
September 24, 2018

The Role of Self Awareness and Reflection in Social Care Practice

This study examined social care workers’ understanding of self-awareness and reflection, the impact of reflection on their practice, and the factors which support and/or impede reflection in their practice. Given the limited evidence base in general on the use of reflection in social care practice, this qualitative study contributes to the existing body of knowledge by exploring the role of self-awareness and reflection in social care practice among a small group of social care practitioners in Ireland. The study included interviews with seven social care workers who were pursuing a postgraduate qualification in social care practice. The main findings indicate […]
September 20, 2018

HIQA-National Standards for infection prevention and control

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has today published the National Standards for infection prevention and control in community services. A copy of the standards, and supporting materials, including a short animation, can be accessed here and the press release can be viewed here. The National Standards cover infection prevention and control and antimicrobial stewardship.  
September 20, 2018

The Health Behaviour Change Research Group- NUIG

The Health Behaviour Change Research Group, HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland, and the Health Promotion Research Centre have come together to run a joint seminar series to highlight research in the area of population health and health services. The seminars take place once a month on Tuesday at lunchtime in the School of Psychology. All are welcome to attend, and a light lunch will be served from 12.30pm. We are delighted that Drs Paul O’Conner and Sinéad Lydon will deliver the 1st seminar on Tues 25th Sept, on the topic of Patient Safety Research in the School of […]
September 10, 2018

Social Care Ireland Annual Conference- Call for abstracts 2019

Social Care Ireland’s Annual Conference 2019 Caring for Social Care Professionals  Date: 27th and 28th March 2019 Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Limerick   A Call for Abstracts for the Spring 2019 Annual Social Care Ireland Conference  is currently being made. The closing date for receipt of submissions is 5 pm, Friday 11th January 2019.  There is no doubt that social care is a rewarding, but challenging profession. One-to-one work with vulnerable and marginalised service users, advocacy, challenging behaviour and expanding regulatory requirements can be physically, mentally and emotional demanding. With this in mind, the theme of this year’s conference […]
September 6, 2018

The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI)

CDI are seeking a talented graduate who is interested in gaining experience in the non profit sector and committed to making positives changes in children’s lives. For further details please click the link Closing date 18th September 2018
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 […]