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Welcome to the School of Social Work and Social Policy

A warm welcome to the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin. The School is proud to offer a wide range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as a range of opportunities for postgraduate research students. The School inherits a strong legacy based on over 80 years work in the Department of Social Studies and its focus on social work and social policy. The School has a long and continuing tradition of widely recognised excellence in social work education and also has a growing record of involvement in teaching and research in social policy stretching back to the 1960s. In research and teaching, the School seeks to contribute to building knowledge about how to respond more effectively to the social issues of our day. The range of disciplines and strengths in the School creates rich opportunities for synergies and collaborative 'joined-up' thinking about complex multi-dimensional issues.

On this website you will find information on courses for undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. The site also provides details of our current Faculty and Administration staff, with links to our research, publications, public lectures and events. We hope that you find the School website interesting and informative. If you have any further queries or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Upcoming Events

Latest News

Practice Teacher Recruitment 2015/16

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.

Further Enquiries can be made to:
Mr Patrick O’Dea   or Dr Erna O’Connor

* Payment is subject to tax and the rate will depend on the income level of the claimant. 

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

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...

Last updated 1 July 2015 Social Work & Social Policy (Email).