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

June 6, 2019

Findings from Workplace Violence Study- Dublin

Earlier this year, Social Care Ireland was involved in a Community-Academic Research Links initiative, CARL, which is located at University College Cork and invites non-profit voluntary or community organisations (CSOs) to suggest potential research topics that can be pursued by students on their behalf across a wide range of academic disciplines in UCC. Two Masters students in social work collaborated with SCI under this CARL initiative to; “Explore the extent of workplace related violence experienced by Social Care Workers in residential Disability Services. Aim of Study: This study will clarify what work place related violence is and how prevalent it is among Social Care […]
June 4, 2019

Next SIG meeting 8th of June

The Disability SIG will be meeting on June 8th in the Clayton Hotel in Liffey Valley from 11am-1pm. Topics to be discussed on the day include the up coming Disability SIG conference and issues faced by social care workers in the disability sector for submission to Forsa.      Anyone interested in joining the SIG or finding out what we do please feel free to come along.
May 28, 2019

This Week in Our Health Service -#OurHealthService

Pat has only one regret when she looks around her sister Sheila’s beautiful home – that her move there didn’t happen sooner. Sheila has Down Syndrome and recently moved to the Muiriosa Foundation’s Killinthomas Lodge following a diagnosis of dementia. “The house is absolutely wonderful. I admit I was fearful about the change. I didn’t want to do anything that might upset Sheila but, in the end, I decided to do it for her sake” explained Pat Read the full story here Read more stories from Our Health Service  here Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter – search for and use #OurHealthService If you have a […]