UPCOMING CPD EVENT
The final session in our In House Spring/Summer CPD programme 'Domestic Homicide Review & Risk Assessment ' with Davina James Hanman, Dr Stephanie Holt & Dr Lynne Cahill, is taking place this coming Tuesday at 10 am. Please see https://www.tcd.ie/swsp/short-courses/In-house.php to reserve a place.
23rd May, 2019
Congratulations to Paula Mayock and Sarah Parker on their recent publication in the international journal Housing Studies
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Paula Mayock and PhD Candidate Sarah Parker and on the publication of their article in Housing Studies.
The article – Young people ‘strategizing’ a route to stable housing: Service fatigue, exiting attempts and living ‘off grid’ – examines young people’s responses to housing market forces that blocked an exit route from homelessness, focussing on the strategies used by them as they attempted to reclaim autonomy and control over their housing futures. It draws on data from Paula and Sarah’s qualitative longitudinal research on homeless young people in Ireland.
For media coverage of this article in the Irish Examiner on May 22nd 2019, click here.
21st May, 2019
Congratulations to Master in Social Work graduate Luke Somerville and Assistant Professor Eavan Brady on the publication of their article in the Journal of Social Work Practice.
The article is entitled ‘Young People and Social Networking Sites: Exploring the views and training opportunities of CAMHS social workers in Ireland’ and is based on research carried out by Luke for his Master’s dissertation which was supervised by Eavan. The article can be accessed here.
21st May, 2019
Congratulations to Dr Julie Byrne and Dr Gloria Kirwan on their recent article published in the Journal of Technology in Human Services.
Congratulations to Dr Julie Byrne and Dr Gloria Kirwan on the publication of their article - Social Media Surveillance in Social Work: Practice Realities and Ethical Implications.
The article was co-authored with Dr. Conor McGuckin, School of Education and published in the Journal of Technology in Human Services. The article reports on a study with newly qualified social workers on the use of social media in their practice. The qualitative methodology reveals multi-directional surveillance, by both social workers and clients, facilitated by social media and highlights the complexity of technology use in practice.
Full access to the article is available here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15228835.2019.1584598
9th May, 2019
Congratulations to Masters in Applied Socail Research Class of 2018
Warm congratulations to the Masters in Applied Social Research Class of 2018 who graduated earlier this month. Photographed here (left to right) are: Boby Kurian, Amos Mkwenje, Elaine Donnelly, Brian Doyle, Tina McHugh, James Kenny, Megan Howell and Colm Herlihy. Lamorna Brown, Henderson Mitomoni and Meaghan Roberts were awarded the degree in abstensia.
Wishing all of the class the very best in their future careers.
30th April, 2019
19 Stories of Social Inclusion: Belonging, contributing and connecting
“Having my work and paid employment made it very possible for me to achieve what I have today, which is my own place...” What Rory (fictional name) said would be either an ordinary experience or part of our future plans for many of this newsletter’s readers. Except that Rory is labelled as having an intellectual disability and approximately 70% of people with intellectual disability in Ireland live with their parents or relatives and only about 21% of them work (NIDD, 2017). Despite the multiple barriers faced by people with intellectual disabilities to access employment or independent living, Rory’s story shows that it is possible. Therefore, this research project sought to capture the stories of 19 people with intellectual disabilities who live in Irish communities, to identify what factors made inclusion possible for them.
Christine Magee (MSc in Disability Studies, 2017; BSS 1984) conducted this research and worked alongside Margaret Turley and Tomas Murphy, also TCD graduates from the Certificate in Arts, Science, and Inclusive Applied Practice (2013 and 2011 respectively). Michael Feely and Edurne Garcia, Assistant Professors at the School of Social Work and Social Policy, collaborated with Inclusion Ireland on the development of this project, funded by the National Disability Authority.
Ireland ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2018 and this project provides examples of how article 19 of the CRPD “The right to live independently and to be included in the community” can be implemented. Through the project, we found that belonging, contributing, and connecting with their communities are the factors making inclusion for these 19 people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland possible. We hope this project inspires others to follow Rory’s example, as he said “I think that it is very important that people with intellectual disability or disability in general encourage each other to make the move” (Rory).
To learn more about the project, visit Inclusion Ireland’s website at http://www.inclusionireland.ie/stories-of-social-inclusion.
Picture caption: Some of the 19 people’s stories at Inclusion Ireland’s website.
29th April, 2019
5th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference
5th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference
Exploring Creativity in Narrative Inquiry
Trinity College Dublin
May 2nd & 3rd 2019
This conference invites us to reflect on the relationship between creativity and narrative research and brings together a wide range of Irish and international scholars to discuss and showcase recent developments in narrative inquiry attending to creativity in particular.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Patti Lather
Patti Lather is a critical feminist scholar whose work examines various (post)critical, feminist, and post structural theories. As well as award winning books addressing ontology, methodology and pedagogy, her narrative study with women living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa (Troubling the Angels: Women Living with HIV/AIDS ) co-authored with Chris Smithies was ground breaking for its creative curation of the textual.
Key conference themes
· Storying lives
· Arts-based health research
· Story and Creativity
· Research Creation in narrative inquiry
· Writing creatively in narrative inquiry
· Creative Practice beyond the textual
· Narrative inquiry in the afterward
Tickets and further details available at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/5th-international-irish-narrative-inquiry-conference-tickets-58066285824
Dr Catherine Conlon, Trinity College Dublin; Dr Jacqueline O’ Toole, Institute of Technology, Sligo; Dr Briege Casey, Dublin City University & Dr Grace O’ Grady, Maynooth University
23rd April, 2019
Professor Michelle Lefevre - Public Lecture April 4th 2019
Many thanks to Professor Michelle Lefevre from the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sussex who delivered a well-attended public lecture on Thursday April 4th entitled 'Addressing complex safeguarding risks with vulnerable adolescents: A rights- and relationship-based approach'. Professor Lefevre has kindly made available her slides from the presentation. They can be accessed here.
9th April, 2019
Congratulations to PhD Student Courney Marsh who had an article published in the Women & Criminal Justice Journal.
Congratulations to PhD Student Courney Marsh whose article entitled 'It’s a Man’s World, Try to Convince the Men Otherwise: The Role of Women in Irish Policing' was recently published in the Women & Criminal Justice Journal. The full link to the article is available here
2nd April, 2019
Congratulations to Professor Robbie Gilligan on publication of ‘The family foster care system in Ireland – Advances and challenges
Congratulations to Professor Robbie Gilligan on publication of ‘The family foster care system in Ireland – Advances and challenges’ has recently been published in the journal Children and Youth Services Review. Free access available to the article via publisher link until May 1st: https://www.sciencedirect.com/…/arti…/pii/S0190740918309010
27th March 2019
Article in Irish Examiner by School PhD Student Tim Ryan on House Prices in Ireland
Congratulations to PhD Student Tim Ryan on his recently published article on Housing in the Irish Examiner. Link to the article here
25th March 2019
5th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference TICKETS NOW ON SALE
The 5th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference entitled Exploring Creativity in Narrative Inquiry will be hosted by the School of Social Work & Social Policy in Trinity College Dublin this year on May 2nd & 3rd . The overall theme of the conference this year is “EXPLORING CREATIVITY IN NARRATIVE INQUIRY” recognising how the centring of story means that creativity is inherent in the narrative method. But are we always making those connections in our narrative practices? Prof Patti Lather will be the keynote speaker. Abstracts for papers / posters / panels/performances are welcome from across the social sciences and creative disciplines that have a theoretical, methodological and/or creative interest in narrative.
For those wishing to attend tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite at the following link:https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/5th-international-irish-narrative-inquiry-conference-tickets-58066285824
13th March 2019
Professor Robbie Gilligan delivers Annual CELCIS Lecture 2019 at University of Strathclyde
Professor Robbie Gilligan recently delivered the Annual CELCIS Lecture 2019 entitled 'Powering up the potential of care experienced young people: the role of education, work and adult expectations'. The Centre of Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland - CELCIS at the University of Strathclyde plays a research and development role in relation to looked after children and young people (children and young people in care) in Scotland. A link to a video recording of the presentation and the slides used are available at https://www.celcis.org/training-and-events/annual-celcis-lecture-2019/
13th March 2019
Launch of ‘Care and Justice’ Report by the Ombudsman for Children, Dr. Nial Muldoon
'Care and Justice’, the first study of its kind to examine the over-representation of children with care experience in the criminal justice system in Ireland was launched by Dr. Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children on February 26th, 2019.
The research was commissioned by the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) and is authored by Dr. Nicola Carr, Associate Professor in Criminology, University of Nottingham and Dr. Paula Mayock, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin.
While the vast majority ofchildren with care experienced do not come into contact with the criminal justice system, the report highlights that contact with the youth justice system is an issue for a small cohort of young people, particularly for children with multiple and complex needs who are far more likely to be accommodated within residential care. The research identifies a lack of data on the extent to which children in care come into contact with the criminal justice system as posing significant problems. A paucity of information on outcomes for children in and leaving care is also highlighted.
Speaking at the launch, Fíona Ní Chinnéide, Acting Executive Director of IPRT said: “Despite the anecdotal evidence that indicates an over-representation of children and young people in care in the youth justice system, there is a lack of systematic data collected by State agencies to identify the extent of this issue. As a result, there is no clear overall picture of the situation and we cannot reliably compare with non-care groups on a statistical basis”.
The report outlines the need for reform and makes a series of recommendations.
6th March 2019
We are Hiring! The School is recruiting 2 X Assistant Professor in Social Work (Tenure Track).
The School is currently recruiting 2 X Assistant Professors in Social Work. Both posts are tenure track positions. The job specification and application details can be found at here
5th March 2019
Social Policy has made the top 100 in the newly-published QS World University Subject Rankings 2019
In TCD’s School of Social Work and Social Policy, the discipline of Social Policy comprises a community of scholars from related social science fields sharing a common interest in studying social relations to optimise human well-being and critically analysing processes of social policy formation and delivery. The School is committed to delivering a high quality and relevant curriculum that responds to new social and economic developments, reflects robust evidence, and is infused with scholarly vigour, in order to equip graduates for challenges they will face both as professionals and as citizens.
The School are delighted to have been recognised in this work by the inclusion of our discipline ‘Social Policy & Administration’ in Top 100 worldwide ranking of QS World University Subject Rankings for 2019.
1st March 2019
Prof. Robbie Gilligan and Assistant Prof. Eavan Brady will host the 5th Children in Care Research Forum
Prof. Robbie Gilligan and Assistant Prof. Eavan Brady will host the 5th Children in Care Research Forum on Friday 15th March from 10am to 1pm here in Trinity College.
This half-day event is an opportunity to learn about Irish research related to children in care, care leavers, and carers.
Please also note that admission is free and registration is not required for this event.
21 February, 2019
Congratulations to Eavan Brady and Robbie Gilligan on the publication of an article in the Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies, co-authored with Dr. Siobhan Nic Fhlannchadha of the Technological Higher Education Association.
Congratulations to Eavan Brady and Robbie Gilligan on their recently published article, co-authored with Dr. Siobhan Nic Fhlannchadha of the Technological Higher Education Association, in the Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies. The article is entitled: Care-experienced Young People Accessing Higher Education in Ireland. The article can be read in full here.
21 February, 2019
Congratuation to BSS graduate of 1985, Suzanne Connolly, who has been appointed CEO of Barnardos
Congratulations to our BSS graduate of 1985, Suzanne Connolly, who has been appointed CEO of Barnardos. In this excellent Irish Times interview, she outlines her approach to the role and to the needs of children and families
13 February, 2019
Invitation to Online Event Introduction to the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice
On 13th March at 18:30GMT, the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, invites you to a fully online event to learn more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice.
At the webinar you can talk to the Course Director and learn about the structure and delivery of the course, all from the comfort of your own home.
The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice is to provide graduates from all disciplines with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the role that social policies play in developing functioning and jut societies.
The programme attracts individuals from the public, private and community and voluntary sectors. Whether you are interested in social work, social policy or social change this course will provide you with new knowledge and perspectives.
Registration for this event is at bit.ly/socialpolicyonlinefeb
For more information please email Jack at email@example.com
06 February, 2019