The use of Interpreters in Social Work Practice.

Humpreys et al 1999 (cited in Chand, 2005) state that interpreters are a key resource in child protection for families who are not fluent in English. However, despite being an essential element, this area is not well researched in literature.  In a further study carried out by Humphries et al (1999), a woman was tasked... Continue Reading →

The importance of supervision in social work

It is thought-provoking to note that various definitions of professional supervision do not refer to supervision as being a perceived surveillance tool by management in the quest to shape the practitioner into a more organizationally acceptable means of professional practice. The boundary between reflective practice and clinical supervision turns out to be apparent when bearing... Continue Reading →

Child Protection Procedures in Irish Schools: An exploration of post-primary principals’ attitudes regarding mandated child protection reporting to Tusla.

Introduction  This study examined post-primary principals’ attitudes to mandatory child protection and welfare referrals to The Child and Family Agency, Tusla. My interest in this research topic stemmed from the fact that I am a qualified post-primary school teacher.  There was also a strong academic reason for undertaking this research as there are currently no... Continue Reading →

The Role of the Children in Care Social Worker during the Covid-19 Crisis and exploring the Utilisation of Video Messaging for younger Children in Foster Care

The ongoing Covid-19 crisis has profoundly changed how we live our lives, work in our jobs and relate to and communicate with our families, friends, our wider communities and our colleagues. Our collective sense of normality has been shaken and we have no real idea of how long the current situation will last. Equally we... Continue Reading →

Paradigms, postmodernism and Positioning: Reflections on Social Work Theories for social work practices in the early 21st Century.

Author: Professor Caroline McGregor, NUI Galway Introduction At the beginning of this third decade of the 21st century, the level of sophistication we have arrived at in relation to social work allows us to dig deep to articulate the relations between social work theories and practices.  Many advanced examples of theory-practice relations in social work... Continue Reading →

The Challenge for Social Workers – Take Action on Child to Parent Violence & Abuse

As a social worker, psychotherapist and researcher, I have heard parents describe their feelings of walking on eggshells around their child and of living in fear of the next explosive outburst leading to threats and acts of harm and/ or violence against parents who feel powerless and alone. Social workers and other health and social care practitioners in voluntary and statutory services talk about the feelings we face when parents and carers tell us about living in fear of their child under the age of 18 years old. We are faced with difficult dilemmas: how can we resist the impulse towards a quick and easy solution that probably will not work in the long run? How can we resolve the dilemmas that this raises for us? How can we anchor ourselves & keep a clear focus on helping the parents and the young person?

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