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
September 6, 2018

Assisted Decision Making Capacity Act 2015

The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 was signed into law on the 30th December 2015. This Act applies to everyone and is relevant to all health and social care services. The Act is about supporting decision making and maximising a person’s capacity to make decisions. Please click here to see the Act. In October 2017, Aine Flynn, was appointed the Director of the Decision Support Service within the Mental Health Commission and is now a member of the National Safeguarding Committee. Aine was a key note speaker at the IASW National Social Work Conference 2018 – Keeping Adults Safe: Rights, Risks […]
September 4, 2018

Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Welfare

Final Call – Last Remaining Places Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Welfare Programme Information: This national, multi-disciplinary, in-service course is sponsored by the Child and Family Agency and is aimed at experienced, professionally qualified personnel who carry regular responsibility for management/training/frontline delivery of child protection and welfare services under the Child Care Act 1991, the Children Act 2001 and related legislation. Course participants normally include service managers and supervisory/main grade professionals (social workers, public health nurses, psychologists, doctors, Gardai, child care workers, speech and language therapists, teachers, lawyers, youth and project workers, etc.). A second year leading to a […]
September 4, 2018

HIQA- Consultation on Draft national standards for adult safeguarding

All adults have a right to be safe and to live a life free from harm. Harm can come in many forms, and it affects people differently. But harm always impacts on the rights we are all entitled to enjoy. The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and the Mental Health Commission (MHC) have jointly developed draft national standards for adult safeguarding. The public consultation will run until 5pm on 19 September 2018. Click here to give your feedback
September 4, 2018

Therapy Training Level 1 & 2- Joanne Fortune

Theraplay is a short-term, therapist-guided dyadic psychotherapy that focuses on parent-child relationships and has been accepted by SAMHSA as an evidence-based practice. What is Theraplay? • Enhances attachment, self-esteem, and trust in others through joyful engagement •Elicits cooperation and improves behavior issues in children through positive connection •Creates an active and empathic connection between child and parents •Focuses on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: structure, engagement, nurture and challenge •Results in changed view of the self as worthy and loveable, and of relationships as positive. How does Theraplay Differ from Other Kinds of Child Therapy? •It directly involves […]
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