Disability SIG


About The Group

The Special Interest Group is a group of Social Care Workers/Leaders in the Disability sector, with a common practice interest. It was established under the auspices of Social Care Ireland to support the interests, activities and advancement of Social Care Workers/Leaders. It aims to promote the identity of Social Care in Disability services, as well as promote best practice for Social Care in Disability services. The Special Interest Group aims to provide a voice for Social Care Workers/Leaders in the Disability sector, and to advocate on common issues, as well as share information and support with peers.

The Special Interest Group aims to provide a voice for Social Care Workers/Leaders in the Disability sector, and to advocate on common issues, as well as share information and support with peers.

Terms of Reference

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For more information on Social Care Ireland CPD contact specialinterestgroupdisability@gmail.com

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The Disability SIG purpose

  • The Special Interest Group is responsible for advocating for the professionalisation of the discipline of Social Care in Disability Services.
  • To encourage, promote, facilitate and support the advancement of Social Care in the Disability sector.
  • To be proactive and take responsibility for information gathering, and to participate in policy development specific to Social Care in Disability specific services.
  • To recognise current and emerging issues and trends of relevance to Social Care Workers/Leaders, and discuss the impact of those issues and trends.
  • To support Social Care Workers/Leaders in the disability sector, in respect of participating in Continued Professional Development, by having input in the provision of relevant training and development.
  • To provide an important communication link and point of direct contact for the Social Care Workers/Leaders in Disability services.

Current Officers

  • Christine Barretto - Chair
  • Amy McGrath - Vice Chair
  • Grace O`Flynn - Secretary
  • Antonia Kenny - Vice Secretary

Current Members

  • Aishling Lambe
  • Antoinette Behan
  • Deborah Gill
  • Carmel Shaughessy

Latest News

May 19, 2020

Behaviour Support Pack for Children and Young People with Additional Needs

The aim of this Behaviour Support Pact is to support your child, you as a parent, and your family during this difficult time. This booklet is divided into 3 sections, the first two sections contain practical advice and strategies to promote learning and positive behaviour. The third section provides information regarding behaviour in crisis. The sections can be read individually but we advise that you read the full support pack. This resource is part of a series of seven booklets on Promoting Learning and Positive Behaviour in the Home developed by the National Council for Special Education ( NCSE ) […]
December 3, 2019

Disability Special Interest Group Annual Conference 2019

The Disability SIG recently held their annual conference. The theme of the conference was “Journey to de-congregation-where are we now?” There was a wide variety of interesting and inspiring speakers on the day. Minister of State for Disabilities Finian Mc Grath  was there to open the conference.  Keynote speakers on the day included: Christy Lynch The Chair of the Task Force on Personalised Budgets. Christy spoke about the journey towards personalised budgets. Towards Personalised Budgets for People with a Disability in Ireland; Report of the Task Force on Personalised Budgets .  James Cawley from the Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) […]
November 25, 2019

Disability SIG meeting 30th November

The Disability SIG will be meeting in The Castleknock Hotel at 11am on Saturday the 30th of November. The agenda for the meeting includes; election of the committee, identifying training needs and setting goals for 2020. The SIG will also be reviewing the highly successful conference held on the 24th of October in Child Vision. We received lost of positive feedback from attendees; “Thanks a million on a great day” “Really enjoyed today and gained so much new knowledge” “Well done on arranging an engaging event” 65% of attendees who completed our questionnaire stated that they found hearing the lived […]
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