On your behalf I would like to thank retiring IASW Board Directors Donal O'Malley and Billie Anne Johnson, both have given so much of their time to IASW over the years.
The new Board for 2017/18 includes: Frank Browne Chair, Aine McGuirk Treasurer, John Brennan Vice Chair, Hilda Loughran, Ruth Murray, Elizabeth Hamilton, Anette O'Callaghan, Joe McCarthy, Zoe Linnane, Conor Boksberger.
Our AGM offered members an opportunity to debate motions and review the Annual Report and 2016 End of Year Audited Accounts. IASW has continued to record annual financial deficits and our accountant John Meade advised us that we must increase our income streams.
Two key motions passed at our 2017 AGM:
- IASW calls upon the Government to fund and legislate for a statutory social work service for vulnerable adults, including those with a mental health, intellectual or a physical disability. HSE National Safeguarding Office defines a vulnerable person as; "an adult who may be restricted in capacity to guard him or herself against harm or exploitation or to report such harm or exploitation"
- That this association calls on the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs to establish a Working Party to review Foster Care provision and progress the further development of the service for children in care, based on the recommendations of the SWIFC/IASW discussion document - "Foster Care: Envisioning the Future" published in March 2017
I would sincerely like to thank you for being a member of IASW but as we need increased funds to pay for the current administration costs of what we do, please encourage IASW membership with your social work colleagues.
Finally the IASW Journal committee will be finalising the summer journal soon and there will be many excellent articles for you to read over the summer, and I wish you and your family a great summer.
We are stronger together.