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

July 30, 2019

The National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities (NAS) launch Annual Report 2018

The National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities (NAS) would be delighted for you to join us at the launch of our Annual Report 2018, which takes place on Tuesday 10th September from 14.00 to 16.00 at the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission on Green Street, Dublin 7.
July 1, 2019

Draft Guidance on a Human Rights-Based Approach to Care and Support in Health and Social Care Settings

HIQA are holding a public consultation to give people an opportunity to provide feedback on this draft guidance. Your views are very important to us, and we will carefully assess all feedback received and use it to help develop the final guidance.
July 1, 2019

Disability Services National Sharing Day – September 2019

The Quality Improvement Team in the National Disability Operations Office is planning a National Sharing day (along the lines of the Patient Safety Sharing Day but for providers of disability services) on the 25th September 2019. The theme of the Sharing Day will be “supporting people to live lives of their choosing” and will focus on examples of good practice around the country in meeting the 9 outcome domains from the Quality Framework for outcomes-focussed Disability Services