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Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples - World Social Work Day 2015

  • Seminar Room, Geary Institute, UCD, Belfield
  • 9.00 - 1.00
  • 20 Mar 2015

Price €Free

The International Committee of the Irish Association of Social Workers and the School of Applied Social Science, UCD, invite you to join us in a Celebration of World Social Work Day 2015


International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) World Social Work Day 2015

Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples

Date:             Friday, 20 March 2015 from 9.00am – 1.00pm

Venue:          Seminar Room, Geary Institute, UCD, Belfied, Dublin 4

Click on the following link for the campus map. The Geary is building number 24.

You can download posters for World Social Work Day 2015 in Irish and English as well as directions to the Geary Institute from the top right of this page. 



9.00-9.30:     Registration

9.30-9.35:     Welcome: Prof Jim Campbell, Chair of Social Work, UCD

9.35- 9.50:    Opening Address:  Senator Jillian van Turnhout

9.50-11.05:   Direct Provision:  The Role of Social Work 

            Dr Colletta Dalikeni (DIT Dundalk)

            Dr Muireann Ni Raghallaigh (UCD) & Maeve Foreman (TCD)

11.05- 11.30:   Tea/Coffee Break

11.30- 12.45:   Gender-Based Violence:  The Role of Social Work

    Dr. Stephanie Holt (TCD)

Mary Kate Barry (Tusla)

12.45:              Closing remarks


2.5 CPD points have been awarded to this event



Mary Kate Barry has worked as a Senior Social Work Practitioner in Child Welfare and Protection for over 20 years. She has been a member of the Child Welfare Team within the Social Work Department in Tallaght DSW which works through Group, Family Support and case work model. Working from a strengths perspective through family support and prevention Mary Kate has been particularly interested in the prevalence of domestic violence as an issue underpinning many of the problems  faced by the families who become known to the Child Protection and Welfare services.

Mary Kate believes the development of relevant services and skills base which can meet the needs of families in a timely manner is paramount to  good practice. She also has a strong commitment to Staff Welfare and to Social Work education and has been an occasional lecturer in TCD and in UCD for a number of years as well as a practice teacher for MSW students. 

Colletta Dalikeni is a lecturer in Social Care at DKIT.  Originally from Zimbabwe, She trained in social work at UCC. On return to Zimbabwe, she founded a branch of the L’Arche community for those with learning difficulties. In 2001 she began work in Child Protection in Dundalk, Co. Louth developing an interest in issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees. Her PhD from QUB researched the interaction of social workers with asylum seeking families, revealing cultural and linguistic problems arising in child protection social work from the perspective of practice and that of the service users.

Maeve Foreman is a Lecturer in Social Work at Trinity College, Dublin . She has accumulated over 28 years community work and social work practice experience. She worked as a senior medical social worker in HIV for 15 years, and as a medical social worker in oncology and haematology. She has practised in community work settings in Dublin and London, including homelessness, housing action and community law centres. She previously conducted research with asylum seekers living with HIV in the Direct Provision system.

Stephanie Holt PhD is a Lecturer in the School of Social Work & Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin and is the Director for the new online Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies.  She has also held the post of Director of the Masters in Social Work (2010-2014) and is the current Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate)(2011-present).  Prior to her current academic post she worked as a community care social worker and co-ordinated a Family Support Service in the South Eastern Area Health Board.  She also spent a year as a research fellow with the Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin.  Her academic and research interests include; domestic violence, intimate partner homicide, child contact, child care and family support.  She completed the M.Sc. in Child Protection and Welfare in 2000 and her Doctoral research concerned children’s experiences of post separation contact with domestically abusive fathers.

Muireann Ní Raghallaigh is a lecturer in social work at UCD. Having previously worked as a social worker with separated children, her PhD focused on the coping strategies of these young people. She is currently undertaking a number of studies relating to asylum seekers/refugees and is interested in social work practice with this client group.

Jillian van Turnhout is an Independent Member of Seanad Éireann and an Irish child rights activist. Jillian is the former Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance; former Chief Commissioner and current volunteer with the Irish Girl Guides including representing them on the National Youth Work Advisory Committee.  Currently, on a pro-bono basis, she is Chair of Early Childhood Ireland; Vice Chairperson of the European Movement Ireland; and Chair of Children in Hospital Ireland. Over the past 20 years Jillian has undertaken a number of roles on behalf of and in the Community and Voluntary Sector.  She was a Board member of Women for Election; President of the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI); member and Vice President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC); Secretary General of the ECB-BEC (predecessor to the European Youth Forum) and a Council member of Gaisce - The President’s Award.  She was also a member of member of the National Children’s Advisory Council and a on the Management Committee of the National Economic and Social Forum (NESF). 


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