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News Archive: July - December 2023

An Exploration of Hygiene Poverty in Ireland. 

New research led by Dr Joe Whelan was launched yesterday at the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Event Space. 

This research was commissioned by Hygiene Hub and funded by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC). It was officially launched by IHREC Chief Commissioner, Sinead Gibney.  The research explored hygiene poverty in Ireland using a mixed methods approach. 

The full report and an executive summary can be accessed here. The research was also covered on RTE Drivetime and you can listen back here. Finally, the research is covered in the Irish Times and the article can be accessed here

29th November 2023

School of Social Work and Social Policy staff along with our Tusla Colleagues wins European Social Services Award for child-centred research

Trinity’s School of Social Work and Social Policy and the child and family agency Tusla have received a 2023 European Social Services Award for research published earlier this year about children’s experience of the Irish child protection and welfare service. 

Through the Eyes of the Child: A Study of Tusla Child Protection & Welfare Intervention was co-authored by Prof. Stephanie Holt (pictured below on left with Tusla's Cormac Quinlan and Edel Tierney), Prof. Robbie Gilligan, Dr. Louise Caffrey and Dr Eavan Brady on behalf of Tusla. The research engaged with 20 children and young people.

Three people on a podium

The 2023 Research and Evaluation award was given at a European Social Network awards ceremony in Zagreb, Croatia. 

Judges noted that “internationally, relatively few examples of research exist that represent the authentic voice of the child in the child protection system”.  

“The study focused on gaining an understanding of children’s experiences but also went beyond that to understand, from the child’s perspective, what contributed to these experiences and employed qualitative methods, involving semi-structured individual interviews.  

“The findings of the research led to the introduction of staff trainings and a commitment that key recommendations agreed with the children and their families would be used to inform future policy and research work.” 

27th November 2023

Dr Catherine Conlon will attend the joint Oireachtas Committee on Health today to discuss Abortion Care

Dr Catherine Conlon Associate Professor will attend the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health today, October 18th starting at 9.30am to assist the Committee in their consideration of the Report of the Review of the Operation of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018. This reflects Dr Conlon's unparallelled expertise in this area with extensive original research across her career regarding perspectives and needs of people seeking abortion care. 

18th October 2023

Lived experiences of poverty in Dublin mapped out in walk-and-talk study

A report entitled Walking, Thinking and Talking: An exploration of the lived experiences and hidden geographies of poverty using walking as a participatory arts methodology, was recently launched in the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission by Author Dr Joe Whelan, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin. 

This research which was funded by the Irish Research Council and conducted in partnership with All Together in Dignity (ATD) brought together a number of community activists who have experienced poverty firsthand.   Together with Dr Joe Whelan, participants took part in a walking interview along a route that meant something to them.  They drew pictures and maps.  They took photos, and they talked about the reality of poverty in their lives.   

The report, maps and photographs are available to view on the project website here. The project also involved the production of a short animated film using the testimony captured during the walking interviews and this is also available on the project website.

Further information also available here

12th October 2023


Dr Stephanie Holt presents at The 5th European Conference on Domestic Violence

The 5th European Conference on Domestic Violence was held in Reykjavík Iceland 11-13 Septemeber 2023. Professor Steph Holt (Head of School) is pictured here addressing the audience during the opening ceremony of the ECDV’s largest conference to date with 860 delegates, including a growing representation from Ireland. Steph was Co-Chair of the Scientific Programme for the conference and is also one of a small group of seven academics/researchers who have been organising the ECDV since it’s inception in 2015. The organising committee includes Professor John Devaney (University of Edinburgh); Professor Nicky Stanley (University of Central Lancashire); Professor Christin Barter (University of Central Lancashire); Professor Carolina Overlien (University of Stockholm) and Davina James Hanman (Independent Consultant and Visiting Researcher, Trinity College Dublin). The 6th ECDV is planned for Barcelona  September 1-3 2025.

19th September 2023

Domestic Violence and Child Protection: Training for Child Protection and Welfare Practitioners - Micro-credential

The application link is open until Tuesday 12th September 2023. To find out more about the course and apply, click here

8th September 2023


Congratulations to Dr Eavan Brady on her recent publication in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Eavan Brady on her recent publication with colleagues from the ‘International Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood from Care’ (INTRAC) entitled ‘Widening the care gap? An international comparison of care leaving in the time of COVID-19.’ This paper, published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, reports on findings of an international survey that explored the range of policy and service responses that were implemented around the world to support care leavers during COVID-19. The abstract can be viewed here.


07th August 2023


Position of Professor of Social Work & Social Policy

The School of Social Work and Social Policy are delighted to announce that the position of Professor of Social Work and Social Policy is now open for Applications.

Please click on the link below for more information:

05th July 2023