8th November 2023
Navigating a Novel Professional Identity:
An Investigative Study on the Role of Irish Social Educators in Contemporary Practice under the new Regulated Profession
I am Jackie Kearney, currently pursuing a PhD at TUS College in Limerick. I am reaching out with a request to engage in interviews with educators specialising in Social Care, specifically Academic Supervisors responsible for guiding students during their placements. The purpose of these interviews is to explore your perspectives on the newly regulated professional title and the challenges and successes you encounter in delivering the program.
The interview process is expected to last approximately 30 minutes, and we can conveniently conduct it either via the TEAMS platform or in person. Should you be interested in participating, kindly reach out to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details will be provided upon your expression of interest.
I genuinely appreciate your willingness to contribute to my research, and I firmly believe that your insights will greatly benefit my work. Thank you for your interest, and I look forward to hearing from you.
7th June 2022
CORU CPD Pre-Registration Education and Training Video Questionnaire
CORU are carrying out a questionnaire to gauge interest in the development of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) pre-registration education and training video resource for use with students undertaking education and training for work in a CORU regulated profession.
As part of the training standards for CORU regulated professions CPD is referred to in the Standards of Proficiency. In addition to this, once a graduate enters the register, they must act in line with the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics which also outlines the requirement to undertake CPD.
In light of this, we would like to know if a pre-registration CPD video resource would be useful for those teaching on pre-registration education and training programmes, for use with students.
31st May 2022
Research and Training on Suicide Prevention for Social Care Workers in Children’s Residential Care
We are asking social care workers who work with children or young people in mainstream residential settings to participate in a research project.
The aim of this research, which is funded by the Irish Research Council, is to form an understanding of staff perceptions of supporting a child or young person who has suicidal ideation (thoughts of suicide) or has engaged in suicidal behaviours.
If you agree to participate in the research, you will be asked complete two online questionnaires: one prior to and one after completing an online suicide prevention training programme, LivingWorks START.
You can access the initial online questionnaire via the link below. Following completion of the questionnaire you will be contacted with access information to complete the training as provided by the HSE. Following successful completion of the training another questionnaire will be sent within the next four months.
To facilitate access to the training, contact information, in the form of an email address, will be passed to the HSE to allow them to register participants in the training and to issue completion certificates. If you have any questions about this research, please email: SASC@itcarlow.ie
16th May 2022
Regulatory Creep – Satisfaction or Surveillance in Irish Social Care Practice:
Jacqueline Kearney, a researcher, and Assistant Lecturer in Social Care Practice would like to invite social care workers to participate in a research project titled “Regulatory Creep – Satisfaction or Surveillance in Irish Social Care Practice”.
The researcher has a keen interest in the new upcoming statutory regulations from CORU and is seeking the opinions of social care workers. To gather your professional opinion, the researcher would be grateful if you would fill out a survey which will take approximately 4 to 5 minutes. The survey will be always anonymous.
If you would like to participate in the research project or if you require further information, please contact Jackie.email@example.com
Date: 22nd April 2022
Dear Research Participant,
My name is Amy Bradley, and I am a postgraduate research student with TÚS-Midlands, Midwest (Formally LIT). The title of my research topic is Consciously Unconscious: A Study of Unconscious Bias and its Implications for the Field of Social Care in Ireland. Unconscious bias refers to learned assumptions, beliefs, and/or attitudes that exist subconsciously within us. They are something we all have and can have substantial influence on our day-to-day decision making and social interactions without our knowledge.
Date: 11th April 2022
Organisational Culture and Turnover Intentions Questionnaire
The aims and objectives are centred on answering the research question: Assessing the symbiotic relationship between organisational culture, leadership, and labour turnover by comparing the two sectors of hospitality and social care. It is anticipated that the research outcomes will benefit relevant stakeholders by extending knowledge in this important field of study thus enabling organisations to make necessary changes to alleviate costs related to high levels of turnover and create positive cultures in their organisations. If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate in contacting me via the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you currently working in social care?
This research project seeks to explore risk and resilience in social care workers. The researchers are looking for participants to complete a short survey on social care workers’ exposure to adverse events in their personal lives and the protective factors which may have helped.
Please note that some of the questions relate to difficult experiences you may have had as a child.
This project is a collaboration between Applied Psychology, UCC and Humanities, TU Dublin,