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Statement by the Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion Care (UnPAC) study team responding to publication of Abortion Statistics for Ireland 2019 by the Department of Health

Dr Catherine Conlon Assistant Professor of Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin has been commissioned by the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme to carry out research to understand women’s experiences of using abortion care services and unplanned pregnancy supports.  The study is entitled the Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion Care (UnPAC) study and is the first study of services since abortion care was introduced in Ireland in January 2019.  Women using abortion care and unplanned pregnancy support services and health professionals providing such care e.g. doctors, nurses and counsellors, are taking part in research interviews for the study sharing insights as users and providers of services from the perspective of how well services are meeting women’s needs. 

We expect the study’s findings will be very useful to contextualise the statistics issued by the Department of Health on the numbers of people accessing the service during 2019.  Fieldwork for the study is well underway with the support of a sample of providers including: GPs, Women’s Health Clinics and hospitals across Ireland. The project was due to report in December 2020 but due to disruption of COVID19, will now report at end of March 2021.The findings of this research will inform HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme service planning and development and provide an evidence base to inform the review of the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Act 2018 scheduled for 2021.

For more information see: https://www.tcd.ie/swsp/research/abortioncarestudy.php

30 June, 2020


University Times article on the new Generation Covid research project – looking for additional participants!

The Generation Covid research project @GenerationCOVI1 want to hear from 2020 university graduates aged 25 or younger about their pandemic experience and future plans. Participants receive € 20 digital gift voucher as a gesture of appreciation for their time on the online interview that lasts about one hour. Get in touch with jogreene@tcd.ie

Here's a link to a University Times article about the project:
http://www.universitytimes.ie/2020/06/the-generation-covid-a-tale-of-graduates-entering-the-unknown/

25 June, 2020


Assistant Professor Dr. Stan Houston and PhD student Calvin Swords have published an article in the Journal of Social Work Practice: Psychotherapeutic approaches in Health, Welfare and the Community.

Dr. Stan Houston and PhD student Calvin Swords have published the article entitled ‘Analysing a parent’s capacity to change: towards a model for child protection social workers’ in the Journal of Social Work Practice.

Focusing on the C-Change Model Approach, the article identifies the critical importance of not only cognitive-behavioural perspective when assessing parenting capacity, but a psychodynamic orientation. The latter section of the article provides a practical application for practitioners and students. This article can be found at https://doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2020.1769581

22 June, 2020


An article featuring the research of Adjunct Professor Suzanne Cahill on Covid-19 and Dementia

Research by Adjunct Professor Suzanne Cahill on Covid-19 and Dementia has been featured in the Irish Times.

The full article can be found https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/up-to-250-people-with-dementia-may-have-died-in-care-homes-during-covid-19-1.4275966

12 June, 2020


 

Introducing Our New Online Practice Teacher Training Workshop

We are delighted to announce our new onine Practice Teacher training workshop which will take place in August 2020. For more information or to register click here

11 June, 2020


PhD Student Amy Stapleton has been announced as a laureate award winner of a new High Level Scientific Mobility Grant scheme

Amy Stapleton has been announced as a laureate award winner of a new High Level Scientific Mobility Grant scheme, as part of the Grants of the French Government, to strengthen scientific cooperation between Ireland and France.

Under the awards scheme, Amy will be funded to spend one month at the Centre for Sociological Studies and Economic Research (CLERSE) at the University of Lille later this year. Details of the award can be found at: https://ie.ambafrance.org/2020-SSHN-Results

07 June, 2020


Masters in Social Work student, Diane Ihirwe, has article published in The Journal: 'Racism is the knee on our neck, making it hard to breathe

Read the full article here: https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/diane-ihirwe-black-lives-matter-george-floyd-5114377-Jun2020/

05 June, 2020


SWSP COVID-19 Series #9: Presenting an article by Dr Susan Flynn entitled Adolescence Disrupted: Covid-19 and Protecting Teenagers

The next article in the SWSP COVID-19 series is now available. Dr Susan Flynn has written an article entitled Adolescence Disrupted: Covid-19 and Protecting Teenagers

The full article can be found here

03 June, 2020


SWSP COVID-19 Series #8: Presenting a blog by Dr Louise Caffrey entitled Face-masks and the limits of “evidence-based” health policy

The next article in the SWSP COVID-19 series is now available. Dr Louise Caffrey has written an article entitled Face-masks and the limits of “evidence-based” health policy.

The full article can be found here

or you can read the piece here

https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/were-dragging-our-heels-but-there-is-enough-evidence-to-support-making-facemasks-mandatory-39252709.html

 

02 June, 2020


SWSP COVID-19 Series #7: Presenting an article by Dr Catherine Conlon entitled Pregnancy in a Time of Crisis

The next article in the SWSP COVID-19 series is now available. Dr Catherine Conlon has written an article entitled Pregnancy in a Time of Crisis.

The full article can be found here

 

26th May, 2020


 

Professor Virpi Timonen collaborates with Portuguese colleagues in new research project on Older People's Experiences of Solitary Home Confinement in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Further information on the project is available to read here

25th May, 2020


SWSP COVID-19 Series #6: Presenting an article by Dr Stephanie Holt and Dr Ruth Elliffe entitled Making visible the invisible [youngest] victims of domestic violence and abuse

The next article in the SWSP COVID-19 series is now available. Dr Stephanie Holt and Dr Ruth Elliffe have written an article entitled Making visible the invisible [youngest] victims of domestic violence and abuse

The full article is available to read here

or you can read it here

 https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/analysis/child-domestic-abuse-like-covid-19-respects-no-boundaries-1002285.html

 

25th May, 2020


SWSP COVID-19 Series #5: Presenting a blog piece by Dr Camille Loftus entitled When is an essential worker not essential? When they’re a childcare worker

The next article in the SWSP COVID-19 series is now available. Dr Camille Loftus has written a blog piece entiled When is an essential worker not essential? When they’re a childcare worker

The full article is available to read here

 

18th May, 2020


JOB VACANCY - Research Assistant Generation COVID Research Project

Professor Virpi Timonen is seeking a Research Assistant for the Generation COVID Research project. Full details of the post and how to apply can be found here

18th May, 2020


Grandparenting practices around the world published in paperback edition

Increasing numbers of grandparents worldwide are coexisting and interacting for longer periods of time with their grandchildren. This unprecedented phenomenon is analysed in this in-depth and up-to-date collection, now available in paperback (as well as hardback and e-book formats). This exciting book considers topics that have so far received relatively little attention, such as transnational grandparenting and gender differences in grandparenting practices. It is the only collection that brings together theory-driven research on grandparenting from a wide variety of cultural and welfare state contexts - including Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Building on the success of Contemporary Grandparenting, this book deepens our understanding of how social structures continue to shape grandparenting across a wide range of cultural and economic

Grandparenting Practices Around the World is out now in paperback and available at 20% discount for a limited time from Policy Press.  

18th May, 2020


SWSP COVID-19 Series #4: Presenting an article by Prof Robert Gilligan entitled Unwinding the Lockdown – Let’s not Forget the Children

The next article in the SWSP COVID-19 series is now available. Prof Robert Gilligan has written a piece entiled Unwinding the Lockdown – Let’s not Forget the Children

The full article is available to read here

You can also find a link to it on Business Post website:

https://www.businesspost.ie/columnists/comment-children-have-suffered-in-lockdown-and-need-support-77550f9c

14th May, 2020


SWSP COVID-19 Series #3: Presenting a blog piece by Dr Susan Flynn entitled Children with Disabilities and their Families during the Covid-19 Pandemic

We are delighted to announce that the third piece in the SWSP COVID-19 series is now available. Dr Susan Flynn has written a blog piece entiled Children with Disabilities and their Families during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The full article is available to read here

11th May, 2020


SWSP COVID-19 Series #2: Presenting a blog piece by Dr Luciana Lolich entitled Aged by Covid-19

We are delighted to announce that the second piece in the SWSP COVID-19 series is now available. Dr Luciana Lolich has written a blog piece entiled Aged by Covid-19. The full article is available to read here

8th May, 2020


Presenting the first in our SWSP COVID-19 Series - Learning from the Nordic approach to pandemic management by Prof Virpi Timonen

The School is proud to launch the first in our SWSP COVID-19 Series which is a article from Professor Virpi Timonen entitled Learning from the Nordic approach to pandemic management. The full piece can be found here

For those of you who missed it you can listen (link below) to Professor Virpi Timonen speaking with Matt Cooper on the Last Word on what Ireland can learn from the Nordic approach to pandemic management.

https://www.todayfm.com/podcasts/the-last-word-with-matt-cooper/can-ireland-learn-nordic-approach-pandemic-management

 

 

 

6th May, 2020


Congratulations to Senior Freshman Bachelor in Social Studies student Lorraine Vaughan on her Foundation Scholarship award

The School of Social work and Social Policy would like to extend our congratulations to BSS Senior Fresh student Lorraine Vaughan.   Lorraine was one of fifty seven new Scholars elected in 2020 on the result of the Foundation Scholarship examination held in Trinity term.  The Foundation Scholarship is the most prestigious undergraduate award in the country, awarded to students of outstanding ability.

27th April, 2020


Exciting opportunity regarding the Online Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice from Trinity College Dublin

We will be holding a webinar (online information session) about the  Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice (Online) from Trinity College Dublin at 5pm on Wednesday 13th May where we will provide information and answer all your questions. All welcome!

This fully online course is a one year full-time programme that provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the role that social policies play in developing functioning and just societies. Students will be exposed to the arguments for developing policy interventions in areas such as social security, health and housing, crime and family policy and the challenges of implementing and changing policy in these areas at a national and global level.


The course can be used as a conversion course giving a foundation in social policy for graduates who do not hold a social science degree. It will be of interest to people considering specialized Master programmes, such as Social Work and Social Research, and those who currently work or wish to work in a social policy field in and out the EU.


Eligible students who complete the HDip can apply to study for a further year to achieve the MSc in Social Policy & Practice. To register for the webinar please register here:
https://bit.ly/socialpolicytcd2020

You can  find out more about the course on the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice website, by emailing at OCALLAJW@tcd.ie or by phone at +353-1-8963593.

22nd April, 2020