Professor Robbie Gilligan is author of a chapter 'Children In Care: Global Perspectives On The Challenges Of Securing Their Wellbeing And Rights' in a new book on children's rights globally. The books is edited by New Zealand academic Professor Anne Smith and is entitled Enhancing the Rights and Wellbeing of Children: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice. The chapter reviews the many challenges facing children in different forms of care across the world. It highlights the fact that poverty, disability and ethnic minority status are strongly associated with admission to care. It also looks at how best to seek to promote the rights and wellbeing of children who must live apart from their families.
Citation: Robbie Gilligan (2015) Children In Care – Global Perspectives On The Challenges Of Securing Their Wellbeing And Rights’in ed. Anne Smith Enhancing the Rights and Wellbeing of Children: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice London: Palgrave Macmillan
28th July 2015
Assistant Professor Stephanie Holt's paper on 'Post-separation Fathering and Domestic Abuse: Challenges and Contradictions' Receives coverage in National Media
The above mentioned paper ‘Post separation Fathering and Domestic Abuse: Challenges and Contradictions' has received media coverage over the past few days in both the Irish Examiner and on RTE News . The article explores the experience of post-separation fathering, in the context of a prior history of domestic abuse from the perspective mothers, fathers, children and professionals participating in a three year doctoral research project.
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22nd July 2015
Prof. Patti Lather delivered last Thursday, July 16th 2015, a fascinating public lecture on her paper, Top Ten+ List: (Re)Thinking Ontology in (Post)Qualitative Research. This paper presents a “top ten+ list” of lessons learned from the ontological turn. Across various terms and insistences, the paper surveys theories of social change, the subject and agency, the canons constructed, the methodologies materialized, the “more and other than reflexivity” researcher subjectivity endorsed, and the edges of both policy analysis and quantitative research that already instantiate such lessons. It concludes with a meditation on how to think this latest turn within something other than a temporality of successor regimes, end-isms, and apocalyptic breaks.
This session includes 1) participant generated listing of key theoretical terms in fields such as women and gender studies and qualitative research across various social sciences, 2) instructor guided discussion of what those terms might mean, and 3) discussion of what those terms say about the waxing and waning of various theories and issues in a field. The goal is a highly interactive session that is useful for situating oneself in a field of study for both beginners and those further along in their studies. To prepare, students might note theoretical terms from their own studies and fields about which they would like to have a greater understanding.
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Patti Lather, Professor Emeritus, School of Educational Policy and Leadership, Ohio State University is a leader in feminist research, qualitative methodology and postmodern theories in education. She is a 2009 inductee of the AERA Fellows and was awarded an AERA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. In 2015 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Qualitative Inquiry from the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Her books have received critical acclaim: Engaging Science: Policy from the Side of the Messy (2011 Critics Choice Award), Getting Lost: Feminist Efforts Toward a Double(d) Science (2008 Critics Choice Award), Troubling the Angels: Women Living with HIV/AIDS, co-authored with Chris Smithies (1998 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title); Getting Smart: Feminist Research and Pedagogy With/in the Postmodern (1991 Critics Choice Award).
Her work examines various (post)critical, feminist, and poststructural theories, most recently with a focus on the implications for qualitative inquiry of the call for scientifically-based research in education. Patti is currently very engaged in putting to work theories of Deleuze, Barad, Bradotti, and other poststructuralist/posthumanist philosophers.
20th July 2015
Assistant Professor Maeve Foreman, School of Social Work and Social Policy, presented three papers at the recent European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW) Conference
Assistant Professor Maeve Foreman, School of Social Work and Social Policy, presented three papers at the recent European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW) Conference. This biennial conference for social work academics, students, service users and carers, practitioners and policy makers was held from 29th June - 2nd July 2015 in Milan, Italy at Bicocca University. This year's theme was 'Social Work Education in Europe: towards 2025', and Maeve's abstracts can be found here (http://www.eassw.org/userfiles/file/EASSW%20BOOK_final.pdf)
Maeve presented a paper based on her research with Dr. Muireann Ni Raghallaigh (UCD) on 'Social Work and Asylum Seekers in Ireland'. This paper drew on findings from their research on social workers' experiences of the Direct Provision system for asylum seekers. Their findings raised concerns about the impact on children and families living indefinitely within institutions not designed for longterm residence, and were the subject of a submission to the Irish Government's Working Group on Protection which reported recently.
Her second paper, 'How can social workers enable people to live life sustainably?', argued that a community development approach can be applied to any social work setting to help foster sustainable communities. Examples from social work practice in Ireland where community work principles have been utilised, and lessons learnt from her experience of the growth of community gardens and men's sheds in inner city Dublin, were presented. One of the priorities of the IFSW's Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development is ‘working toward environmental sustainability’ so she argued that students should be encouraged to ‘think globally, act locally’ and to develop a strong understanding of what is meant by enabling people to live life sustainably.
Lastly, she presented a paper on 'Peer Assessment of Problem Based Learning in a Health Related Social Work Module', based on her experience of designing and delivering a health related social work module to Master in Social Work students. Research shows that employing both problem based learning and peer assessment can foster reflective practice, provide experience of group work and help develop skills for collaborative teamwork, as well as provide an innovative effective alternative to written assignments and examinations.
17th July 2015
Are you a graduate of the Bachelor in Social Studies (BSS) or the Masters in Social Work (MSW)?
Would you like to work as a Practice Teacher and contribute to the professional education of future social workers?
We are currently accepting applications from those who are eligible and interested. The link to the application form is here and the deadline for submission is July 15, 2015
Please note the following:
· BSS Sophister students undertake their placements from 14th Sept to 18th Dec 2015
· MSW (year 1 & 2) undertake placement from 9th Feb to 13th May 2016.
· Payment of €750* is paid per student per placement.
* Payment is subject to tax and the rate will depend on the income level of the claimant.
1st July 2015
Promoting better outcomes for children: Using research to help practitioners identify vulnerability early
Friday 26th June at 11.00 am - 12.30 pm at Trnity College Dublin
Professor Trevor Spratt, Professor of Childhood Research,
Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin
Kevin Webster, Principal Social worker, Tusla
Tara Kelly, Project Leader, Springboard
For further infromation click here
Public Lecture and Master class by Prof Patti Lather, Prof Emeritus, School of Educational Policy and Leadership, Ohio State University, Thursday 16th July
The School of Social Work & Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin are pleased to announce a public lecture and masterclass on (Post)Qualitative Research by Prof Patti Lather, Prof Emeritus, School of Educational Policy and Leadership, Ohio State University. It will take place on Thursday July 16th 2015, from 1-4pm in the Neill Hoey Theatre, Long Room Hub, Trinity College.
Public Lecture, 1-2:00pm: Top Ten + List: (Re)Thinking Ontology in (Post)Qualitative Research
This paper presents a “top ten+ list” of lessons learned from the ontological turn. Across various terms and insistences, the paper surveys theories of social change, the subject and agency, the canons constructed, the methodologies materialized, the “more and other than reflexivity” researcher subjectivity endorsed, and the edges of both policy analysis and quantitative research that already instantiate such lessons. It concludes with a meditation on how to think this latest turn within something other than a temporality of successor regimes, end-isms, and apocalyptic breaks.
To register email Catherine Conlon at email@example.com by June 26th
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18th June 2015
School academic staff and students take part in the Irish Association of Social Workers’ annual conference on Friday 5th June 2015
School academics Assistant Professor Maeve Foreman and Assistant Professor Dr. Erna O’Connor, PhD student Eavan Brady and recent MSW graduate Trena Ratcliffe all took part in the Irish Association of Social Workers’ annual conference on Friday 5th June 2015 which was opened by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly.
Dr. Erna O’Connor co-facilitated a Practitioner Research Symposium with Dr. Sarah Donnelly from UCD. Maeve Foreman presented a paper ‘Irish Social Workers Experience of Working with Asylum Seekers Living within the Direct Provision System’ based on research conducted with Dr. Muireann Ni Raghallaigh of UCD, Eavan Brady presented a paper on ‘Journey to Publication’ and Trena Ratcliffe presented a paper based on her MSW dissertation. All papers from the symposium will be available on the IASW website.
9th June 2015
Dr Laura Arnau from UAB – Autonomous University of Barcelona and Professor Robbie Gilligan have recently had an article published in Children and Youth Services Review. The article, is entitled ' ‘What helps young care leavers to enter the world of work? Possible lessons from an exploratory study in Ireland and Catalonia'. It draws from a collaborative study that Dr Arnau and Prof Gilligan are undertaking of the work experiences of adults who have spent substantial time in care when younger. Typically care leavers face a higher risk of unemployment, so a study of those who find and retain work can yield important insights.
Citation: Laura Arnau Sabates, Robbie Gilligan, (2015) 'What helps young care leavers to enter the world of work? Possible lessons from an exploratory study in Ireland and Catalonia', Children and Youth Services Review, 53, (June), pp.185-191 Link to article
22nd May 2015
Assistant Professor Maeve Foreman recently published an article on ‘Medical Social Work in Ireland: An Exploration of Service Users' Perspectives
Assistant Professor Maeve Foreman from the School of Social Work and Social Policy has recently published an article on Medical Social Work in Ireland: An Exploration of Service Users' Perspectives’. Her article, which was published in the Irish Social Worker, was based on research with service users on their experiences of a hospital wide medical social work service. The research was a collaborative effort conducted with members of the hospital’s social work team. The Spring 2015 edition of the Irish Social Worker featured research and analysis on Irish social work, and was edited by Assistant Professor Gloria Kirwan, also from the School of Social Work and Social Policy.
21th May 2015
Research by Professor Virpi Timonen and Research associate Dr Martha Doyle extensively covered in the Irish Media
School research on singlehood across the life course (conducted by Professor Virpi Timonen and Research associate Dr Martha Doyle) extensively covered in media discussion of changing notions of ‘spinsterhood' . Click here
18th May 2015
School of Social Work and Social Policy Academics have contributed chapters to new book, 'Social Work in Ireland: Changes and Continuities'
This book which is due to be publised in September 2015, provides a comprehensive analysis of social work in the Republic of Ireland. It is written by academic staff from the four universities in the Republic of Ireland where social workers are trained and educated. Contributions from the School of Social Work and Social Policy include Assistant Professor Trish Walsh, Associate Professor Helen Buckley, Assistant Professor Stephanie Holt, Assistant Professor Erna O'Connor and Associate Professor Shane Butler. The book will be published by Palgrave Macmillan.
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14th May 2015
Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the School of Social Work and Social Policy. This studentship is open to current students on the full-time Ph.D. Register, or new entrants for entry in September 2015 or March 2016. The postgraduate studentship fully covers EU or non-EU fees and an annual maintenance of €8,000 for three years.
Applications are invited from candidates who hold a masters degree, or a primary degree (1st class or 2.1 honours) or equivalent.
Please complete the attached application form for consideration of this award. Please submit one electronic version to Ms Laura Cusack at firstname.lastname@example.org and one hard copy to the address below by 12 Noon on Friday, May 29th 2015.
Ms Laura Cusack, School of Social Work & Social Policy, Room 3063 Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2.
The holder of a postgraduate studentship will be required to engage in teaching related activities, as advised by their supervisor and/or the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) or his/her nominee, to a maximum of 6 hours per week in teaching term. It is also important to be aware that income received by the award recipient from other sources (such as private tuition, research funding), can be to the maximum annual income level of €18,000 excluding fees but including the studentship maintenance. The receipt of any additional funding must be notified immediately to the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) in the School. Postgraduate studentships cannot continue beyond the fourth year on the Ph.D. register.
The selection process will involve a 15 minute presentation by the candidate on their proposed research, followed by an interview. This will take place on Tuesday 23rd June 2015.
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13th May 2015
We are pleased to announce that we are hiring an Assistant Professor in Social Policy. The post is permanent and full-time. More information and the full job specification can be viewed at http://jobs.tcd.ie
13th May 2015