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Social Care Ireland’s Annual Conference 2020

April 1, 2020 @ 9:30 am - April 2, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

€40 – €160


29 available
Early Bird Social Care Ireland Member 1 Day Pass Wed 1st80.00
30 available
Early Bird Social Care Ireland Member 1 Day Pass Thurs. 2nd80.00
23 available
Early Bird Social Care Ireland Member 2 Day Pass140.00
92 available
Gala Dinner Wed 1st50.00
29 available
Early Bird Non- Member 1 Day Pass Wed 1st100.00
30 available
Early Bird Non-Member 1 Day Pass Thurs 2nd100.00
25 available
Early Bird Non-Member 2 Day Pass160.00
30 available
Student 1 Day Pass Wed 1st40.00
30 available
Student 1 Day Pass Thurs 2nd40.00
27 available
Student 2 Day Pass70.00

STUDENTS – Students wishing to pay for a 2 Day Pass by installments click here.

Please book your accommodation directly with the Radisson Blu Hotel Sligo, see rates below 

Conference Theme: Enhancing your practice, building your tool kit.

Date: 1st and 2nd of April, 2020

Venue: Radisson, Sligo.

In every profession, the use of specific tools is necessary and such is the case for Social Care, and these ‘tools’ can assist the Social Care Professional in working with vulnerable and marginalised Service Users. The theme of the 2020 Social Care Ireland Conference is “Enhancing your practice, building your Tool Kit” where there will be Keynote Speakers and Workshops/Presentations relating to how, you the Social Care Professional, can improve your practice by utilising ‘tools’ available to you, and learn about how your practice can be improved; thereby improving the care provided to the Service User, by continuously adding to your skills/knowledge.

Key note speakers:

Dr Karen Treisman is a highly specialist clinical psychologist who has worked in the NHS and children’s services for several years. Karen has also worked cross-culturally in both Africa and Asia with groups ranging from former child soldiers to survivors of Rwandan Genocide. Karen has extensive experience in the areas of trauma, parenting, and attachment, and works clinically using a range of therapeutic approaches with families, systems and children in or on the edge of care, unaccompanied asylum-seeking young children and adopted children. Karen was awarded the Winston Churchill Fellowship which involved her travelling this summer to 13 cities across America, attending 3 international conferences and meeting over 100 specialists in the area to learn about best practice in trauma-informed and trauma-responsive systems.

Presentation title: “The Power of Language and how we speak“; Dr Treisman will also facilitate a workshop on “Tools around Strength and Resilience“. And be part of a Panel Discussion, where we can generate some conversation around the discussions throughout the day.

“Working with relational and developmental trauma in children and adolescents” by Dr Karen Treisman at http://bit.ly/drkarentreismanbook2016

“A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Children and Adolescents with Developmental Trauma: Creative Techniques and Activities” at http://amzn.to/2nOIPlZ

Dr Ray Jones is Emeritus Professor of Social Work at Kingston University and St. George’s, University of London, and a registered social worker. From 1992 to 2006 he was director of social services in Wiltshire. He was the first chief executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, and has been deputy chair and chair of the British Association of Social Workers. From 2008 to 2016 he was professor of social work at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Exeter and at the University of Bath and is an honorary fellow of the University of Gloucestershire. He has led inquiries following the deaths of children and adults, from 2009 to 2013 was chair of Bristol’s Safeguarding Children Board, and from 2010 until 2016 oversaw child protection improvement in Salford, Torbay, the Isle of Wight, Sandwell and Devon. He is the author of seven books including ‘The Story of Baby P: Setting the Record Straight’, which was published in July 2014 and informed a BBC Television documentary and a second up-dated and expanded edition was published in February 2017. His most recent book ‘In Whose Interest? The Privatisation of Child Protection and Social Work’ was published by Policy Press in December 2018 and he is now working on ‘The History of the Personal Social Services’ for publication in 2020. He is a regular press columnist and media commentator, has frequently given evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees, and in 2017 he received the Social Worker of the Year Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Social Work’.

Presentation Title: Scandals and Inquiries: Reflections on Their Nature and Impact.

Dr John Woolham, John is a Senior Research Fellow and Honorary Senior Fellow of the National Institute for Health School for Social Care Research (NIHR/SSCR). He has been working at King’s College London since 2015 and since then has led three major research projects funded by NIHR/SSCR and the English Department of Health and Social Care.

John’s research interests include the application of telecare to support the independence and well-being of older people and people with dementia, personal budgets and Direct Payments, and social care Personal Assistants. Recent publications include Woolham, J., Steils, N., Forsyth, K., Fisk, M., & Porteus, J., (2019), ‘Making Use of evidence in commissioning practice – insights into the understanding of a telecare study’s findings, Evidence and Policy (forthcoming); Woolham, J., Steils, N., Fisk, M., Porteus, J., & Forsyth, K. (2019), ‘Outcomes for older telecare recipients: the importance of assessments, Journal of Social Work; and Woolham, J., Norrie, C., Samsi, K. and Manthorpe, J. (2019), ‘The employment conditions of social care personal assistants in England’, The Journal of Adult Protection. He has until recently been co-editor of Research Policy and Planning, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Enabling Technology. He is a member of the British Society of Gerontology.

Presentation Title: Trials and tribulations: the policy and practice impacts of two major randomised controlled trials in England
This presentation will offer a detailed look at two well-designed randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in England. The first was the Individual Budgets Support Network Evaluation, (IBSEN) which looked at the impact and outcomes of individual budgets – forerunners of direct payments and personal budgets universally used now in English adult social care. The second was the Whole System Demonstrator project, which was designed to find out if telecare and telehealth led to better outcomes for recipients. Telecare is widely seen as having an important role in addressing the pressure of providing services for a rapidly ageing population at a time of unprecedented cuts to social care resources in England.
The presentation will describe why these trials were commissioned, what they found, and what impact they had on policy and practice. It will argue that relationships between research, policy and practice can be highly problematic but that it is important to nurture these relationships if policy and practice is to be informed or even based on, research evidence.

More Keynote speakers to be announced soon!

Workshop: Please note that workshop attendance can only be selected on the day, limited places available due to the nature of the interactive activities involved. 

Dr Nicola O’Sullivan, Prof Doc Social Care & Emotional Wellbeing, MA Child Protection & Welfare, BSoc Science Youth & Community Work, CAIDREAMH, Family and Practitioner Assessment and Therapeutic Services, Cork

Title of workshop: Enhancing Relational Skills in trauma settings using psychodynamic theories

Aim of Workshop: this workshop will introduce the key psychodynamic theories of containment, repetition compulsion, and anxiety and defences. Participants will learn about these theories and their application to clinical settings by way of case study and group participation. In the second half of the workshop participants will have an opportunity to use the theories and to try them out, applying them to their own practice. The workshop aims to highlight the usefulness of psychodynamic theories to social care practice, in enhancing knowledge and in broadening and deepening the practice base.



The Social Care Ireland Conference Organising Committee welcome abstracts for consideration for research, practice/policy presentations, and workshops at the Social Care Ireland 2020 Annual Conference.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 5pm, Friday 10th January 2020. 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

Click here to download a flyer; Download


We are pleased to announce, on the success of lasts years awards, we are having another award ceremony in 2020, at the annual conference. To celebrate the achievement of a Social Care Student. The Outstanding contribution Award is to recognise and reward the outstanding contribution and performance of a social care worker, manager or educator. Closing date for applications 14th February 2020.

Criteria for Student Award

Nomination Form Student Award 

Criteria for Outstanding Contribution Award 

Nomination Form Outstanding Contribution Award


Accommodation should be booked directly via The Radisson Blu Sligo Reservations Office (071) 9140008

The following rates will be available to attendees who may require accommodation while attending the event –
€ 100.00 B&B Single occupancy per room per night
€ 110.00 B&B Twin/Double occupancy per room per night

Have a look at the Annual Social Care Ireland Conference 2019, in Limerick


April 1, 2020 @ 9:30 am
April 2, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
€40 – €160
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