Social Care in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services Special Interest Group

About The Group

The Social Care in CAMHS Special Interest Group SIG is a group of Social Care Workers/Leaders who work in the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). The group came together in 2013 when it became clear that with the addition of many Social Care posts to CAMHS teams nationwide came many new challenges and indeed opportunities. The group’s initial aim was to provide an important communication link and support network for the Social Care Workers/Leaders in CAMHS. A number of local peer support groups were established nationwide and the goal is that each of these groups has at least one representative who is linked to the SIG. This ensures that the group can stay abreast of current issues and developments for Social Care in CAMHS and successfully advocate on behalf of our profession in this sector. An executive committee is elected annually to progress key tasks agreed by the SIG. This committee generally consists of 10-12 members including the roles of Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Public Relations Officer.

Terms of Reference

Read the full Terms of Reference for this group

Aims of the Group

  • To encourage, promote, and support the professionalisation and advancement of Social Care in CAMHS.
  • To continuously promote the identity of Social Care in CAMHS, to promote best practice and also to provide and a voice for practitioners in this sector.
  • To recognise current and emerging issues and trends of relevance to Social Care Workers in CAMHS, discuss the impact of those issues and trends and lobby for change where necessary.
  • To be proactive and take responsibility for information gathering, and to seek to participate in policy development and service planning specific to Social Care in CAMHS. This involves nominated representatives from the committee attending and engaging with relevant advisory groups and committees responsible for the development of mental health services in Ireland.
  • To support Social Care Workers/Leaders in CAMHS, in respect of participating in Continued Professional Development, by having input in the provision of relevant training and development. The SIG coordinated it’s first annual CPD conference in 2015 and this occurs annually in November. (Details can be found on the events section of the Social Care Ireland website)
  • The establishment and development of an educational sub group to promote and participate in the educational development of Social Care students and to promote and engage in ongoing research in the sector.

The group aims to meet four times a year with the committee meeting in the morning. The afternoon is open to any Social Care Worker with a special interest in CAMHS who would like to attend to discuss relevant practice issues or engage in the information sharing and the CPD component of the meetings. You can find updates throughout the year on the work of the SIG along with dates and venues for future meetings should you wish to attend in the afternoon.

If you have a question for the SIG or would like to link with your local peer support group you can email

Latest News

December 6, 2019

Rounding off 2019 with another successful Social Care in CAMHS SIG annual conference

The Social Care in CAMHS SIG, in conjunction with Social Care Ireland, recently held our fourth annual conference. This took place in ChildVision Drumcondra in Dublin. The conference entitled “Mental Health – Beyond the Label” aimed to delve deeper into the topic of mental health and the labels we associate with it. We also hoped to inspire conversations and learning regarding the topic of early intervention. We were delighted to welcome practitioners and students from a wide variety of health and social care backgrounds.   Laura Behan and Sharon Donohoe, Social Care Leaders in the Child & Adolescent Mental Health […]
November 20, 2019

CAMHS Operational Guidelines 2019

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Operational Guideline Second Edition HSE mental health services are committed to the continued development of quality mental health services for children and adolescents. In keeping with this commitment we are pleased to publish this HSE Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) Operational Guideline 2019. This Operational Guideline is based on the dedicated and consistent work of the staff of the mental health services and has been developed to provide consistency and transparency in how HSE CAMHS are delivered throughout the country. CAMHS are specialist mental health services for those aged up to 18 years, […]
September 19, 2019

Save the Date for the Social Care in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Special Interest Group Annual Conference

Save the date – 7th November 2019 Social Care in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Special Interest Group in conjunction with Social Care Ireland present  “Mental Health – Beyond the Label” Taking a deeper look at the importance of early diagnosis, early intervention and recognising co-morbid conditions Aoife Dooley is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer, author and comedian. Aoife openly shares her experiences of being diagnosed with Autism at the age of 27 and how a diagnosis helped her to truly understand herself and overcome mental health difficulties. Ken Kilbride is CEO of ADHD Ireland. He will share an insight into […]
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