November Newsletter     
Research Connect is Live!
Research Connect is a new online service linking social work researchers and mentors. Research Connect was launched on 2nd October by Dr Declan Bedford, Chairperson of the Health Research Board who highlighted the many benefits of the service to the profession and to the individual mentors and mentees involved. Click here to view the service and maybe upload your own profile!

Sarah Donnelly,Chair of Practitioner Researcher SIG & Carmel Halton, UCC at the launch 
FREE Fitness to Practise Legal Expenses Cover for IASW members
The IASW is offering superior insurance coverage to each member in the following categories: F ull-time; Part-time (20hrs or less); 1st and 2nd Year Post Qualification. The coverage available to IASW members is the best Fitness to Practise coverage available to social workers. Click here to find out more. You can direct interested non-members to the Join the IASW section of the website to find out more about all our member benefits. 
National Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference 'Cherishing All the Children of the Nation Equally'? 100 Years and Beyond
From left to right: Prof Kirsten Sandberg, Prof Gillian Ruch and Dónal O'Malley

Those of you who missed the fantastic Cork conference might be interested to know that some videos and Powerpoint slides will be available over the next six weeks from Videos from 2011 and 2013 are available to view at
And  members who missed the IASW sponsored  @SWCONFUCC full day seminar with David Shemmings, can watch his 2013 keynote at

Conference organising committee comprising a partnership between UCC, IASW and Tusla
IASW Update on Professional Supervision
In response to requests for clarification for members, an information sheet on CORU registration and supervision has been compiled. Click here to download a copy. 
Social Workers in Disabili ty Special Interest Group
Social Worker is Disability (SWID) is a special interest group for social workers with an interest in the area of disability services. SWID represents issues for social workers in physical and sensory, ID and neurological conditions and crosses acute to community services. The next meeting of the group is on Friday, 13th November at Stewart's Hospital, Palmerstown and open to any social worker with an interest in the area. Click here to find more details about SWID. 
Writing for Publication eLearning module on HSELanD
The latest CPD resource from HSELanD can be found by going to the My Learning section of the homepage and entering 'publication' in the search box.  The resources of HSELanD are available to all. Click  here  to sign up for an account
Drug & Alcohol Research Evidence
In 2015, the staff at the HRB National Drugs Library developed an online resource to facilitate practitioners to more easily use drug and alcohol related research in their CPD. The resource was developed in consultation with the IASW and other professional bodies and the HRB would now like feedback to inform the further development of the resource. Click here to view the resources and a short survey.
November 2015

October was a busy month for many different areas of social work practice!  The recent biennial National Child Protection Conference in Cork was a great success, with many inspirational speakers and fascinating symposia. It afforded all those who attended the opportunity to reflect and take stock of the progress we have made over the last hundred years, the lessons we have learnt as well as discussing what the future of social work with children and families will be. Congratulations to all those who organised it! 
The IASW, on behalf of you it's members, lent its support to the recent petition by Mental Health Reform calling on increased funding for the mental health services. The petition was presented to Minister Kathleen Lynch outside the Dail the week before Budget 2016, and it achieved a very positive result! 
The IASW was recently asked to make submissions on proposed legislation and members of the Probation SIG made a submission to the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality and Defence and members working in the addictions' services even made an oral submission to the same committee. Social workers, through our experience and knowledge can influence policy and legislative change so my thanks to all the members who have and continue to rise to this challenge. 
Following their recent AGM the New Social Workers SIG hosted an evening for student social workers and recent graduates. It gave people a great opportunity to connect over pizza! The  Social Workers in Disability also held their AGM this month with an excellent CPD event. Our thanks to those on the outgoing committees. Your time and commitment ensures that we have a vibrant and relevant professional body that enhances the profession! Welcome also, to the incoming committee members. 
Dónal O'Malley, IASW Chair
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.
The Data Protection Acts/ Relevance of the Office of the Ombudsman to Social Work
Friday, 6th November from 9.00 - 12.45
St Andrew's Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse St, Dublin 2
€5 members/ €15 non-members
This double bill event will provide an overview of data protection legislation and its implications for social work practice and recording. It will also provide social workers with an understanding of the relevance of the Office of the Ombudsman to the social work role.

CPD - Responding to Registration
Wednesday, 18th November from 6.00 - 7.30
St Andrew's Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Free but booking essential
Clíona Murphy, Professional Development Coordinator with the IASW will present this seminar on the CPD Requirements of registration. Discussion will focus on how to meet the CPD requirements of registration when not specifically employed as a social worker.

Practice Ethics and Professional Boundaries
Wednesday, 18th November from 1.00 - 3.00
Clonbrusk Primary Care Centre, Athlone
€5 members/ €15 non-members
How can practitioners in both urban and rural settings successfully manage client relationships to avoid ethical problems?  Dr. Jeremy Carney,  Professor of Social Work at Minnesota State University Moorhead, will explore these issues and the ethical implications involved.

Taking Time, Taking Care: an Introduction to Mindfulness Practice
Thursday, 19th November from 9.30  - 1.00
Mardyke House, Cork
€5 members/ €15 non-members
This half day workshop introduces the practice of mindfulness meditation and ways to embrace a compassionate approach in the art of building resilience and nourishing ourselves as social workers.

Safeguarding the Vulnerable Adult: Implications for Mental Health Social Work Practice Social Workers in Adult Mental Health Conference & AGM
Friday, 20th November from 10.00 - 4.00
Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8
€10 members/€20 non-members
Social Workers in Adult Mental Health (SWAMH) have organised this conference to inform the profession on key issues relating to the safeguarding of vulnerable adults and to explore the implications for social workers in adult mental health.

FULLY BOOKED Finding Spaces: An Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation
Tuesday, 24th November from 9.30 - 1.00
The Sanctuary, Stanhope Street, Dublin 7
€5 members/ €15 non-members
An introduction to how mindfulness (and meditation) can nourish and sustain our role as social workers.

Understanding Children, Loss & Bereavement
Wednesday, 25th November from 9.30 - 4.30 
Education & Research Centre, Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross, Dublin
€20 members/ €40 non-members
The Irish Association of Social Workers and Social Care Ireland are coordinating a second conference on 'Understanding Children, Loss and Bereavement'. See website for full conference programme and speaker details. 

Mindfulness and Resilience
Friday, 27th November from 9.30 - 1.00
Clarion Hotel, Sligo
€5 members/  €15 non-members
This half day workshop will draw on a variety of mindfulness meditation practices currently being used in healthcare and workplace settings in the US, Europe and further afield.