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

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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

January 18, 2019

Exploring the extent of workplace related violence experienced by Social Care Workers in residential Disability Services

Exploring the extent of workplace related violence experienced by Social Care Workers in residential Disability Services This study will clarify what work place related violence is and how prevalent it is among Social Care Workers in residential disability services in Ireland. It seeks to identify the effects of workplace violence on Social Care Workers. This study will aim to identify whether there is likely to be under reporting of this issue. Description of workplace violence (WPV) adapted for the purpose of this research is defined as: “Workplace violence as violence that occurs where people, in the course of their employment, […]
January 14, 2019

HSCP Day 1st February 2019

Building on a hugely successful Health, Social Care Professionals day 2018, this years HSCP Day will take place on the 1st February 2019. The day provides a valuable opportunity to; share knowledge & experiences amongst HSCP & multi-disciplinary colleagues, helping to develop communities and networks of practice. Share the value of HSCP services to our service users & the healthcare system overall, leading to increased awareness about the work of individual professionals, better collaboration and shared understanding Recognise and celebrate the enormous impact of HSCP services on our service users, made possible only through our dedicated and inspiring work of […]
December 20, 2018

Disability Special Interest Group Annual report 2018

We met a total of 6 times in 2018. Our first annual conference took place on the 10/10/18 in the Irish Human rights and Equality commissions office in Dublin. With the help of Charlotte Burke the CPD officer this day proved to be a huge success with great work from our conference subgroup led by Grace O’Flynn. Our members contributed to the following committees/subgroups:- Conference Committee Education sub group Membership committee Workers Advisory Group The entire DSIG attended the SCI conference and assisted with a number of duties over the 2 days. The DSIG also had representatives on the following: […]