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FULLY BOOKED Diversity in Practice

  • CACSSS Seminar Room G27, O’ Rahilly Building, University College Cork
  • 9.15 Registration, 10.00 Event
  • 13 Oct 2017

Price €30 IASW members/€60 non-members

Full day conference organised by the Social Work & Migration SIG

Price includes lunch and refreshments. 



9.15 am to 10.00 am

Registration, Tea & Coffee


10.00 - 10.30 am


Opening Address: Professor Alastair Christie, Head of the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork.


10.30 - 12.00 pm


Keynote Address: Professor Claudia Bernard-Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London.


12.00 - 1.00 pm


Panel: Social Work Practitioners and Social Work Service Users 

-        Social work practice with refugees, Brian Davis, HSE Primary Care and Deborah Chemhere, Tusla Child and Family Agency

-        Experience of Care and Aftercare Services

-        Direct Provision and pathway to citizenship


1.00 - 2.00 pm




2.00 - 4.15 pm


Workshops (5-minute break between presentations)








4.15 - 4.30


 Dr. Mary Phelan, Chairperson, Irish Translators and Interpreters Association.

 Jeanette Taku, New Communities Partnership, The Migrant Family Support Service.

 Fiona Hurley, Legal Service Manager, Nasc Ireland.




Speakers include:

  • Professor Claudia Bernard-Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Professor Alastair Christie- Head of the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork
  • Panelists: Brian Davis, Social Work Practitioner, HSE Primary Care, Deborah Chemhere, Social Work Practitioner, Tusla Child and Family Agency: Social Work with Resettled Refugees
  • Service User Experience: A Migrant Young Person’s Experience of Care and Aftercare Services, A Service User's Experience of Direct Provision and Pathways to Citizenship
  • Fiona Hurley, Legal Service Manager,  Nasc Ireland: Immigration issues impacting social work with migrant families
  • Dr. Mary Phelan, Chairperson, Irish Translators and Interpreters Association:  Interpreting with migrant service users
  • Jeannette Taku, New Communities Partnership: The Migrant Family Support Service Supporting parents and families in child protection and welfare services

The conference will be in CACSSS Seminar room G27 – Ground Floor of the O Rahilly Building, Main Campus, UCC


Directions: From Western Road, enter the main college entrance, pass the Glucksman Gallery on your right, head left, up the steps to the main campus. O Rahilly Building is located straight ahead, building in between Aras na Mac Leinn (Students Union) and the Boole Library.

From College Road, walk through the last narrow entrance to UCC Main Campus before the lights. Walk straight for two minutes to the O Rahilly Building, it is then located on the right-hand side.

The CACCSS Seminar room is located on the Ground Floor of the O Rahilly Building, to the left of the main entrance, pass Starbucks and the open meeting area, keep left.



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