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Safeguarding the Vulnerable Adult: Implications for Mental Health Social Work Practice

  • Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street
  • 10:00 - 16:00
  • 20 Nov 2015

Price €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.

Provisional Programme

10.00- 10.30   Registration

10.30- 10.35   Introduction

10.35- 11.05   Tim Hanly, Principal Social Worker in National Safeguarding Office

11.05- 11.40   Case presentations from Social Work Practice

11.40- 12.45   Prof Mary Donnelly, Faculty of Law, UCC

12.45- 14.00   Lunch

14.00- 14.30   Sgt Tony Wells, HSE Liaison Manager between an Garda Siochana & HSE North Tipperary

14.45- 15.30   Workshops

  • Fair Deal Applications and Capacity – Anna Carroll, social worker
  • MDT Working with a Vulnerable Adult - Elaine Donnelly and Linda Curran, social workers
  • Sexuality and the Vulnerable Adult - John Ryan, Principal Social Worker, KARE

15.30- 15.45   Feedback and Wrap up


Speaker Biographies

Mary Donnelly is a Professor in the Law School, University College Cork. She is a graduate of University College Dublin (BCL 1986), University College Cork (MA 1993), Trinity College Dublin (MLitt 1995), University of Wales, Cardiff (PhD 2007). Her books include Consent: Bridging the Gap Between Doctor and Patient (Cork: Cork University Press, 2002); Healthcare Decision-Making and the Law: Autonomy, Capacity and the Limits of Liberalism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010) and she is co-author of End-of-Life Care: Ethics and Law (Cork University Press, 2011) and co-editor of Ethical, Legal and Policy Debates in Irish Healthcare: Confronting Complexities (forthcoming 2016).  She was a member of the Expert Group to review the Mental Health Act 2001 (Report, 2015)  and of the Health Service Executive Consent Advisory Group which drew up the National Consent Policy (2013) and is currently a member of the HSE Group to review the National Consent Policy. 

Tim Hanly studied as a Social Science undergraduate at UCC and qualified as a social worker from the University of Warwick in 1991. He completed an 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 Abuse policy.

Sergeant Tony Wells has an MSc in Criminal Justice studies from the University of Portsmouth.  He is the Sergeant in charge of the legal and policy section of the Garda College for the last 6 years.  His current role is the HSE Liaison Manager for North Tipperary and the HSE based in Nenagh. 


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