CPD Working Group

For more information on Social Care Ireland CPD contact cpd@socialcareireland.ie.

Current CPD Working Group Members

Charlotte Burke

CPD Coordinator, Social Care Ireland

Charlotte Burke was appointed as CPD Coordinator for Social Care Ireland in August 2017. Charlotte is a qualified Social Care Worker who has worked in practise and management in Disability Services for over 20 years. Charlotte holds a degree in Applied Social Studies and a Ma in Child, Family and Community Studies. She has significant interest in promoting Social Care Workers engagement in Continuing Professional Development.

Leon Ledwidge

Training Representative, National Executive, Irish Association of Social Care Workers

Leon Ledwidge is a fully qualified social care worker with an MA in Child, Family and Community Studies. Leon has worked in Tusla Child and Family Agency (formerly Children and Families in the HSE) for the last fourteen years. She has extensive experience of the residential social care area as part of the Crisis Intervention Service working with out of home young people and their families from the ages of 12 to 18 years. Prior to this she worked in family support and the disability sector.

During this work Leon has developed practice based expertise on various issues that contribute to children and their families coming into contact with services such as social work services, homeless services and mental health services. These issues include addiction, challenging behavior and issues relating to the complex area of child protection and welfare. Leon has spent the last eight years as training officer for Workforce Learning and Development as part of Tusla, where she has been involved in the design, development, delivery and evaluation of training on many varied topics such as child protection, Domestic Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Supervision.

She has been a member of the IASCW executive for five years in the role as Training, Research and Policy Rep and is the current chair of the CPD working group. In the last three years Leon has become an independent trainer and consultant in the social care sector and has both with private providers of social care services as well as various charities.

David Williams

Education Representative, National Executive, Irish Association of Social Care Workers

David has worked in the area of social care practice, management and education for the past twenty years. He currently lectures in the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences at the Dublin Institute of Technology. His research interests include foster care, working with challenging behaviour and the professionalisation of social care work.

Mark Smith

Social Care Manager, Crannog Nua, Tusla

Mark has over 27 years experience working in social care practice and management working with adolescents primarily within residential sector, both in community based, high support or detention/special care. He has also lectured on social care courses and regularly delivers papers at Conferences. His areas of interest include managing challenging behaviour, child protection, supervision, risk management, systems development and training and development.

Michelle Reade

Community Representative, National Executive, Irish Association of Social Care Workers

Michelle has worked in the area of Social Care for over 14 years. Her experience ranges from mainstream to high support residential, and community in terms of Community Drug team and Social Care within Social Work Child protection services (11years). She has managed the Social Care and access team within the Social Work Department Dublin West and Dublin South Central for over a year. Michelle graduated in 2002 with a BA in Social Care (DIT) and a masters in Dramatherapy NUIM (2008). Her areas of interest include prevention and early interventions with families, specialising in particular in Parenting programmes (Incredible years, STEP Programme and Parents plus) with biological families at risk of reception into care or and natural fosters at risk of placement breakdown. Her other area of interest is working therapeutically with young people through creative arts mediums.

Nicola Kane

Learning & Development Officer, Workforce Development, Tusla

Nicola is currently working under THE PPFS (Partnership prevention & family support programme) and is the Workforce, Learning & Development rep. on the National Parenting Stream. She has predominantly worked in community social care services on a Social Work & Child Protection Team.

She has fifteen years of direct service provision, and over three years as a Manager of a Community Social Care Team. She also has worked in residential services with young people. She has experience of working on interagency groups such as the integrated Services process which set up Londubh early school leaving Programme in Dublin West and Spideog in North Clondalkin. Nicola also served as community representative on National Executive of IASCW for many years. Her areas of interest include evidence based parenting programmes, supporting foster placements and carers, behaviour management, the access process for children & their families, individual therapy for children and young people, interagency communication & networks, participation & interagency responses to early intervention such as Meitheal.

Audrey Reddington

Social Care Worker, Enable Ireland

Audrey has experience of working in children residential services and aftercare. She also worked in disabilitiy services with adults and young people in day and respite services. She also has experience as a family support worker. Her areas of interest include domestic violence and its effects on children, disability services and high support care for young people.

Angela Feeney

Deputy Manager, OARS Family Services

Angela has have fifteen years’ experience working for Tusla, in Dublin North City. She has worked in Children Residential services and is currently employed as Deputy Manager of Oars Family Services, Assessment and Intervention service. She holds a BA in Applied Social Studies in social care (AIT) and a MA in Child, Family and Community studies (DIT). She is currenttly undertaking a M.Sc in Applied Social Research programme in Trinity College Dublin. Her area of interests include systemic/ecological family assessment, family work and intervention, mediation and conflict resolution, professional development and reflective practice. She has particular interest in evidence informed practice and implementation along with the use of various qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in social settings.

Miceal Burke

Vice President Irish Association of Social Care Workers

Miceal graduated from Institute of Technology Blanchardstown with B.A. (Hons) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care in 2014. Since December 2009, Miceal has been a Group Leader with CASA providing respite and social activities for adults with disabilities. He was co-opted as Student Representative on to National Executive of IASCW in February 2012 and elected Vice-President of IASCW at the 2014 AGM. In addition to this position, Miceal was also elected Hon. Secretary of IASCW at the 2015 AGM. In addition, he currently holds the position of Hon. Secretary on the National Executive of Social Care Ireland.

Mary O’Gorman

Enable Ireland

Mary has worked with Enable Ireland for the past 2 and a half years providing respite break to children and teenagers aged between 8 – 18 years. Their mission within Enable Ireland is to work in partnership with the young people that attend the service to achieve maximum independence, choice and inclusion in the community. Mary has completed a Ordinary Degree in Applied Social Care Studies from Carlow IT in 2012, and received a distinction in Special Needs Assistarnt from Portobello College, Dublin in 2009. Mary is currently applying to undertake a Level 8 Honours Degree in Social Care. Mary has an interest in disability services, and in conducting research on Independent Living and Employment for people with disabilities and supports to promote and achieve this.

Sinead Tierney

Training & Development Manager, Crosscare

Sinead has extensive experience both as a practitioner and manager in Social Care Services. Her areas of interest include supervision, TCI, measuring outcomes, planning – using logic models, evaluations, SROI, self-care and staff support, dealing with critical incidents, Critical Incident Stress Management, peer support/peer Mentors, developing evidence base for practice.

Fiona Walsh

Social Care Educator, Irish Association of Social Care Educators

Fiona Walshe is a lecturer in the Humanities department and lectures in the area of Applied Social Studies, Disability Studies and Placement Preparation. Fiona has a Masters (research mode) from Athlone Institute of Technology and a BA (Hons) in Applied Social studies in Social Care also from AIT. She has spent nine years lecturing in Athlone Institute of Technology and worked in practice in residential care and advocacy prior to this. Fiona’s area of interest is professionalisation of social care and placements and is currently carrying out research in the area of Professionalisation and Registration of Social Care with Dublin Institute of Technology. She sits on the Placement Committee with IASCE and in AIT.

David Rose

Clinical Manager, Fresh Start

David Rose qualified and worked in the UK as a registered psychiatric nurse. Having experienced a variety of clinical specialities and time in management he moved to Ireland in 2002. He has worked for Fresh Start (a private company providing residential childcare and foster care services nationally) since 2003 and is currently employed as their Clinical Manager. During this time he as assisted in the development of its needs assessment model, placement plans and evaluation of care provided. He has also set up and coordinates a support service for staff. His primary role is to be responsible for the provision of high quality therapeutic care across its residential childcare centres and works closely with their psychiatrist/psychotherapist and other clinicians as required. David has been involved in training for many years and currently provides training and coordinates the company’s training programmes. He also provides training to other organisations from time to time. He coordinates students on work placement from various colleges to ensure they gain positive experiences with the organisation. David has an interest in training in general and is keen to see the profession of social care workers developed and be recognised.

Pilar Kileen

Social Care Student

Pilar is currently undertaking a Degree in Applied Social Care through Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown. She has experience of working in family support services and with individuals with disabilities. Her areas of interest include mental health, substance misuse and youth work. She is also interested in homelessness and refugee service provision.

Roisin Lane

Social Care Educator (Cork IT)

Roisin Lane is a Lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Studies in Cork Institute of Technology. A graduate of Applied Psychology in University College Cork, she has worked in the social Care sector in a number of different areas, Residential Care, Youth Work, Elder Care and Mental Health Services, before moving to academia. Her particular areas of lecturing are Mental Health/Psychopathology and Professional Development and Professional Practice. She chairs an internal departmental Placement team and coordinates the Professional Work Practice placement of the students of the BA in Social Care.

Gillian Larkin

Social Care Educator (Carlow IT), Irish Association of Social Care Educators

Gillian Larkin is a fully qualified social care worker with an MSc. Applied Social Research from Trinity College. Gill worked in the residential social care area before moving into education and spent 3 years teaching on the Applied Social Studies programme in IT Carlow. Gill is now the Professional Practice Coordinator in the Humanities Department in Institute of Technology Carlow. She is a member of the IASCE executive for three years and is the current Secretary.