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FULLY BOOKED Social Workers in Disability Conference & AGM

  • Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street
  • 09:30 - 16:15
  • 09 Oct 2015

Price €20 members/ €40 non-members

Challenging Changing Times for Social Workers in Disability - Helping Each Other


For hard copies of the new vulnerable adult safe guarding policy, you can email or call Tim Hanly whose contact details are below. 

The policy is also available online at  and on the HseLand website.

Tim Hanly | Principal Social Worker | Office of the Specialist & National Safeguarding Office 

HSE  |South East Wing, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Mulgrave Street, Limerick
061 461117 |Email: |




Price includes lunch and refreshments

Please submit AGM motions to SWID Secretary via e-mail anne.o’ before 1/10/15


Conference Timetable 

9.30 a.m.         Tea/Coffee and Registration 

10.00 a.m.       Welcome and Update– Frida Lowry, SWID Chairperson 

10.15 a.m.       Emer Haastrup, Senior Social Worker, Kildare Network           

                        Disability Team    

                      “Is it Progressing? – Progressing Disability Services, the

                       Kildare Experience one year on” 

10.45a.m.          Tea/coffee 

11.20a.m.         Emer Ingoldsby, Principal Social Worker, Stewarts Hospital

“Dear Diary! – The Day to Day Challenges of Managing a Caseload”

11.40 p.m.       Mary Egan, Principal Social Worker, Tusla

“Building a framework for Caseload Management – the Challenges for Social Work"                        

12.45 pm                Lunch


1.30pm         Frank McHugh and Tim Hanley, Principal Social Workers, National Safeguarding Office

“Safeguarding the Vulnerable Adult and the Social Work Role”


2.30pm        Workshops

  • Caseload Management (Emer Ingoldsby/Mary Egan)
  • Progressing Disability Services (Emer Haastrup/David Glennon)
  • Safeguarding the Vulnerable Adult (Frank McHugh/Tim Hanley)

3.45pm         Feedback and sharing of key issues/recommendations

4.15:            Close


Speaker Biographies

Mary J Egan is a Principal Social Worker in TUSLA – Child and Family Agency currently assigned to Workforce Development Staff Learning and Development. She has worked in Social Work for over 30 years – with practice and management experience in the areas of child care, protection and welfare, institutional abuse, fostering and adoption and family support. She is a member of both the TUSLA Caseload Management Steering Group and Caseload Management Project Team. The latter has responsibility for the piloting, implementation and review of the Caseload Management Tool within TUSLA on a national basis. She is an accredited and practicing Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist and she also works in the area of social work supervision. Her particular areas of interest are relationship based social work practice, working from an attachment based perspective, parental engagement and support in the child protection and welfare process and attachment across the life cycle.   


Emer Haastrup is a Senior Social Worker who has worked in the area of disability for the past fifteen years, initially in Stewarts Hospital in Palmerstown and later Enable Ireland in Kildare.  Emer graduated with a Masters Degree  in Social Work from UCD in 1996.  She has been part of the Progressing Disability Services for Children process in Kildare since it began in 2011. Emer was a member of the staff Caseload Management Subgroup and the staff Subgroup  which looked at  managing the transition for staff in a smooth and effective way.  Emer currently works on the School Age Team of the North Kildare Network Disability Team.  Since the move she has been involved with fellow Social Workers in advocating for pathways that uphold “best practice” for the management of child protection concerns, development of new assessment and referral pathways for respite and home support services and linking with the  governance group on the need for clear career structures. Emer has been a long serving member of the SWID Committee and previously SWIM and has presented previously at SWID Conferences


Tim Hanley studied as a Social Science undergraduate at UCC and qualified as a social worker from the University of Warwick in 1991. He completed a MA at Warwick with a dissertation on the self organisation of people with Disabilities. Tim worked as a social worker in Glasgow between 1991 and 1995 as part of a Community Care Team. Since returning to Ireland in 1995 Tim has occupied various management positions within Child Care in both North East and Mid West Areas. Tim has a particular interest in the foster care and after care areas and would have played a key role in developing practice and policy within the HSE and TUSLA in these areas.

Tim has recently commenced a new position as Principal Social Worker in HSE National Safeguarding Office. He will play a key role in supporting the implementation of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abus policy.

Frank Mc Hugh is Principal Social Worker in the Adult Safeguarding and Protection Team for CHO 8 (Meath/Louth/Longford/Westmeath/Laois/Offally)  He undertook his Social Work training in London and spent some years working in the child protection field there before returning to Ireland. He has worked with unaccompanied minors coming from abroad seeking asylum in this country and in 2008 established the Anti Human Trafficking Team on behalf of the HSE. He has more recently worked as Senior Case Worker for Protection of Older People in Dublin Mid Leinster.