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.

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


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

March 13, 2019

Meet the SIG on March 27th & 28th

Are you attending the Social Care Ireland Annual Conference? If so make sure to drop by the Disability SIG stand and introduce yourself. Members of the Disability  SIG will be there over the two days to provide information on the SIG and how to get involved. New members are always welcome.
March 12, 2019

Research Questionnaire for Social Care Workers in the Disability Sector

Claire Hurley would like your support. She is am an undergraduate student studying psychology in NUIG, and she is involved in research under the supervision of Dr Clodagh Murray and Dr Annmarie Groarke. My research examines the treatment and support currently being provided to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities who display addictive behaviours and how these treatment plans can be developed and improved. I am writing to seek your permission and aid in distributing an online questionnaire on this topic among your members. The following is the link to the questionnaire, which takes less than an hour to complete: […]
February 18, 2019

Implementing Behaviour Support Plans in Intellectual Disability Services

The following research study is aimed at individuals working in the area of behaviour support, providing behavioural recommendations in the intellectual disability sector. We are seeking your perspectives on the factors which enable your work and the challenges of implementing behaviour support plans within the intellectual disability sector. A Targeted Consultation We would like to hear what factors you believe act as barriers and facilitators to the implementation of behaviour support plans. Interviews will be commence at the end of February and will continue until the end of May. Telephone interviews can be arranged for participants unable to travel. The information you provide can help outline enablers to effective […]