July Newsletter     
Promoting Quality Professional Supervision: IASW Standards for Social Workers 2016
The IASW launched a working document on Promoting Quality Social Work Supervision at the National Conference in response to the requests and needs of members for core standards in this area. Copies have been posted out to members. 
The report was launched in June by the Irish Association of Social Workers, Age Action, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD.  The research was based on a nationwide survey of social workers working with older people, including people living with dementia. It also includes findings from in-depth interviews with social workers, employed in a variety of settings across the country. To read the press release and download a copy of the report click here
Peter Tyndall, Ombudsman launched the report
IASW National Social Work Conference - Promoting Best Practice in Social Work Supervision
Powerpoint and poster presentations from the conference are now available to download from the event page in the past events section of www.iasw.ie. Check out our Facebook page for photos of the day. Thanks to Clíona, our CPD Officer, for organising a great conference.  Like us on Facebook
Change of Office Manager
We wish Danielle all the best as she goes on maternity leave next week and welcome Sharon Melvin to the office in her stead. We're delighted to have Sharon back working with us again. 
Annual Report  2015 - 2016
You can download a copy of the annual report from the AGM section of www.iasw.ie
Update regarding CORU CPD Portolio requirements
In response to member concerns, the IASW sought a meeting with CORU on a number of issues. We can now clarify that the word length for Reflective Practice Reports is 1,200 words in total for all eight reports, i.e., an average of 150 words per report.  We will continue to keep our members updated on any new information on CORU's CPD requirements. Please refer to your IASW CPD folder and visit the members only IASW CPD Resources section of www.iasw.ie for information on the CPD Requirements of Registration
The IASW Board 2016  - 2017
The current IASW Board directors were elected at our AGM on the 17th June. They are
  • Frank Browne (chair)
  • John Brennan
  • Elizabeth Hamilton
  • Hilda Loughran
  • Dónal O'Malley
  • Billie-Anne McCauley
  • Ruth Murray
  • Joe McCarthy
  • Anette O'Callaghan
  • Aine McGuirk
To contact the Board, please e-mail office@iasw.ie
CPD & the Requirements of Registration
The first CORU CPD audit cycle is now more than halfway through, running until the 31st May 2017 when 10% of social workers will be randomly selected to submit their CPD Portfolio for audit. For information and resources log onto the IASW CPD Resources section of the website and visit www.coru.ie 

IASW seminars on CPD & the Requirements of Registration will continue to be rolled out nationwide and are free for IASW members although booking is essential to secure your place. Members will be notified of seminars in our regular Upcoming IASW Events e-mails. 
July 2016

Welcome to our Summer Newsletter.  I hope life and work is going well and you get to enjoy your own summer holidays. The IASW office is recovering from the hectic activity of preparing for the IASW National Social Work Conference, the AGM and the IASW Social Work Awards, which were a great success. The IASW Supervison Standards for Social Workers were launched at the conference and I hope they will be a very useful resource for all social workers, supervisors and supervisees in the years ahead. While services may reconfigure and reporting relationships vary, the IASW is clear that all social workers need to access supervision from a trained social work supervisor of an appropriate manager grade.
The first meeting of the new IASW Board will take place on 25th July and in the mean time the office staff and the existing Board members are continuing to work on your behalf. The IASW has regular meetings with Tusla and hopes to work in partnership particularly in relation to their excellent CPD strategy framework. The summer journal, guest edited by Sarah Donnelly, is approaching its completion. The IASW continues its advocacy work and is currently advocating on behalf of vulnerable persons who require home care packages. The IASW remains concerned that some social workers do not have a reporting relationship to a Principal Social Worker. In particular, the IASW is concerned that some HSE CHO areas are amalgamating the role of Principal Social Worker to cover both CAMHS and Adult Mental Health Services, and the IASW is currently advocating in relation to this matter. The IASW is not a staff representative body/ union but it is a professional body that takes seriously its objective to advocate for best practice standards.
Please contact the office at any time with a query or a bright idea. Please encourage membership with your social work colleagues and both I and members of the Board would be happy to visit, or speak with your colleagues or teams. We are stronger together.
Frank Browne, IASW Chair
Ireland Next Venue for Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development
The Irish Association of Social Workers and partners have been successful in securing Ireland as the next venue for the joint global Social Work, Education and Social Development conference from 4-7 July 2018. The local organisi ng committee here comprises members of the IASW, the Schools of Social Work in UCD, TCD, UCC and NUIG and the European Anti-Poverty Network Dublin office. The conference theme is 
Environmental and Community Sustainability: Human Solutions in Evolving Societies. 

Register your details at  http://www.swsd2018.org/ to receive e-mail updates. 
IASW Social Work Awards 2016  
The IASW Social Work Awards ceremony was held on June 17th to recognise the positive impact and achievements of social work staff. A great night was had by all. Congratulations to all those nominated for an award and, of course, to the winners! Photos from the event are now on our Facebook page. 

2016 Team of the Year  
Dublin North City Mental Health Team - WINNER  
Sligo University Hospital Team  
Medical Social Work Department, The Mater Hospital  
2016 Social Worker of the Year 
Gabrielle McDaid - Tusla , Donegal  
Caroline Cantan - Enable Ireland, Dublin 24 - WINNER  
Joe McCarthy - Tusla , Cork  
2016 Practice Teacher of the Year 
Brian Donnelly - Clontarf Mental Health Sector, Dublin - WINNER  
Martina Doyle - Brothers of Charity, Waterford  
2016 Researcher of the Year 
Nerilee Ceatha - Tusla , Dublin 9 - WINNER  
Carmel Halton - University College Cork - WINNER  
Olivia O'Connell - Tusla , Cork  
2016 Newly Qualified Social Worker 
Victoria McGuinness - Mayo University Hospital, Mayo  
Kate Newell - Cork University Hospital, Cork - WINNER  
Michelle Byrne - Primary Care Centre, Dublin 8

Helen McEntee TD, Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People
IASW Upcoming Events
To secure your place at an IASW event,  you need to  book and pay online. You can do this by visiting the relevant events page on the website, clicking on the  Book Now  button at the top of the page and completing the booking form.

To avail of the member rate for events you need to use the  e-mail address you used for your IASW membership details.
Wednesday 27th July, Seminar 2.00 - 4.00,
AGM 4.00 - 4.45
St Andrew's Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Members free/ €15 non-members
The seminar will focus on the Practical Application of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse: Policy and Procedures. The AGM will be held afterwards. 

Resilience for Managers
Monday 12th Sept, Registration 8.45, Workshop 9.30 - 4.00
Mallow, Cork
Price €20
This particular self-care CPD programme is specific to the needs of managers

Resilience for Managers
Monday 12th Sept, Registration 8.45, Workshop 9.30 - 4.00
Education and Research Centre, Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross, Dublin 6
Price €20
This particular self-care CPD programme is specific to the needs of managers
SOLD OUT! Working with Families with a Child with Anxiety - a Solution Focused Approach
Thursday, 6th October from 9.30 - 4.30
Wisdom Centre, Sophia Housing, Cork Street, Dublin 
€20 IASW members/ €40 non-members
So cial Care Ireland and the Irish Association of Social Workers are coordinating a one day workshop delivered by Dr. John Sharry. There is no waiting list for this event.