A masterclass entitled “Invisible Victims: Human Trafficking and Gender Based Violence” was held in Trinity College Dublin on 5th September 2015 as part of the programme for the European Conference on Domestic Violence 2015 which was co-hosted by Queens University Belfast and the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin. Speakers at the masterclass included Asst Professor Gloria Kirwan (TCD), Dr Sian Oram (King’s College London), Mick Quinn (Department of Justice Anti-Trafficking Unit), Insp Paul Molloy and Sgt Claire McKeon (An Garda Siochana), Nusha Yonkova and Edward Keegan (Immigrant Council of Ireland) and Thomas Dunning (Tusla). The masterclass was sponsored by COSC. Asst Professor Stephanie Holt (TCD) was co-convenor of the three day conference, details available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/ECDV2015/
7th October 2015
PhD Student Eavan Brady presents research at two international academic events in Zurich, Switzerland.
Eavan Brady presented details of her research project - A Life Course Study of the Educational Pathways of Adult Care Leavers in Ireland - to academics and PhD students at the annual International Research Network on Transitions to adulthood from Care (INTRAC) meeting in Zurich on 1st September. Eavan also presented a conference poster detailing her research design and related planning and development issues at the 3rd International Congress of the Swiss Association of Social Work on 3rd and 4th September. Eavan is in Year 2 of her PhD studies and is supervised by Professor Robbie Gilligan.
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1st October 2015
To mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, The Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI), in partnership with the School of Social Work & Social Policy, TCD & All Together in Dignity (ATD) will host eminent Professor of Social Policy at the University of Oxford, Robert Walker to give a keynote address on his recent book ‘The Shame of Poverty’on Friday 16 October 2015. This will be followed by a conversational-style interview with RTE’s Religious and Social Affairs Correspondent, Joe Little and will feature short films along this theme.
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October 2016) has been observed every year since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly, by resolution 47/196, designated this day to promote awareness of
the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly developing countries. Fighting poverty remains at the core of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the development of the post-2015 development agenda and will be “Goal 1” of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda to be adopted on 25th September by the UN.
17 October presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to voices their concerns, and an opportunity to recognize the work they do in trying to eradicate poverty worldwide.Prof. Robert Walker’s research challenges conventional thinking on poverty and finds that the emotional experiences of poverty worldwide tends to be similar across cultural traditions, political landscapes and material well-being. His research examines the experiences of living in poverty in a range of countries: in Norway and Uganda; Britain and India, China, South Korea and Pakistan. His research explores Amartya Sen’s concept of ‘shame’, which Sen contends is the core common experience worldwide for those living in poverty. This concept of shame can have negative consequences which go far beyond material and physical well-being and can lead to mental health difficulties and even extreme consequences for some; it may in fact contribute to the continuing cycle of poverty.
How can this cycle be broken? Do current public policies work? How can they be less focused on stigmatisation and more on agency, which would promote the dignity of those living in poverty? If the global experiences of povertyare the same, how can we change the global conversation around poverty to be more respectful and considerate?
These are some of the questions, which Prof. Walker will address in his presentation and which he will explore further , in conversation with Joe Little.
This is an event not to be missed! Venue: The Innovation Academy, 3 Foster Place, Dublin 2. Date: Friday 16 October 2015; Time: 12.30pm – 2pm
28st September 2015
Transitioning from Direct Provision to life in the community: The experiences of those who have been granted refugee status, subsidiary protection or ‘leave to remain’ in Ireland
Research conducted by Assistant Professor Maeve Foreman with Dr. Muireann Ni Raghallaigh of UCD’s School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice was the subject of a submission to the Irish government’s interdepartmental Taskforce on Transitional Supports for Persons Granted Status in Direct Provision on 16th September, 2015. The submission was based on preliminary results of their study ‘Transitioning from Direct Provision to life in the community: The experiences of those who have been granted refugee status, subsidiary protection or ‘leave to remain’ in Ireland’.
Completed with assistance from Clíodhna Bairéad, Siphathisiwe Moyo & Gabriel Wenyi Mende the research was funded by the Irish Research Council under its New Foundations – Engaging Civil Society strand and conducted in partnership with the Irish Refugee Council. Based on interviews conducted with individuals who had experience of living in Direct Provision hostels as well as with key stakeholders, their study highlights challenges facing people transitioning out of the Direct Provision system, and makes several recommendations for improvement.
Their submission can be found here
21st September 2015
Assistant Professor Trish Walsh is co-editor of 'Social Work in Ireland, Changes and Continuites', this book is an essential read for both social work and social care students in Ireland. The book will also be of interest to qualified practitioners in both the social work and social care professions.
'Social Work in Ireland, Changes and Continuites' is due out later this month.
For more information click here
7th September 2015
Professor Robbie Gilligan is the author of a chapter entitled '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.
To view the article click here.
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.
Click here to listen to the podcast
Click here to download slides and chart as mentioned in the podcast
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by June 26th
Click here to view the flyer
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