About

Social Workers in Disability

Social Worker is Disability (SWID) is a special interest group of the IASW 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. SWID is a SIG for any social worker working in these areas as well as social workers who have an interest in or come into contact with disability services.

 

THE NEXT MEETING OF SWID WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY, 13TH NOVEMBER AT STEWART'S HOSPITAL IN THE MAIN BUILDING - ASK AT RECEPTION FOR DIRECTIONS. PLEASE JOIN US IF YOU'D LIKE TO HEAR MORE ABOUT OUR WORK OR TO GET INVOLVED

The national SWID committee consists of representatives from various disability agencies/services and representatives from regional SWID groups across the country. The Committee provides a great forum to address the Macro issues that take up everyone's time but cannot be adequately dealt with at individual level. Involvement in the SIG and its work also provides great opportunities for CPD. 

The national committee meeting approximately every 6 weeks and holds an AGM in October/November of each year. The committee also organises two national educational seminars or conferences per year and responds to requests from Social Work training courses regarding practitioner talks on the area of disability services. Each year our annual conference addresses areas of major interest for this sector drawing on colleagues' experience as well as external expertise and work in the public and the voluntary disability services. We have an e-mail network where relevant information and courses are circulated. A list of the current committee and their contact details is attached.

 

The topics of SWID seminars in recent years include: 

  • Suicide and Mental Health in the area of Disability
  • Recording practices in social work
  • Partnership with Parents in Disability services
  • Progressing the new model for Children’s Disability Services
  • Evidence based tools for Social Work Practice
  • Parental assessment of parents with an intellectual disability
  • Implications of FOI and Data Protection for Social Workers
  • The Care and Connect - Family meetings Research (Tallaght Hospital and TCD)
  • The Value for Money review of Disability Services 
  • Safeguarding role of social workers with children who have a disability as well as vulnerable adults

 

The policy issues and committees SWID has participated in/currently involved with:

  • The National Rehabilitation Strategy Group (HSE and Dept of Health)
  • The Rehabilitation Medicine Programme (HSE)
  • Council on Stroke (IHF)
  • Committee reviewing Domiciliary Care Allowance (Dept of Social Protection)
  • National Survey of Public Attitudes to Disabilities (NDA)
  • National Guidelines on Building for Everyone (NDA)
  • National Standards for Better Healthcare (HIQA)
  • National Quality Standards for Registered and/ or Inspected Services for Children and Young People (HIQA)
  • National Draft Standards for Designated Centers for People with Disability
  • Integrated Discharge Planning Policy (HSE)
  • Progressing Children’s Disability Services Caseload Committee
  • Mental Capacity Bill
  • The Ryan Report
  • The Assessment of Need Consultation Process
  • Early Intervention Standards (HSE) 
  • Feedback to HSE on Safeguarding policies in child and vulnerable persons areas 

If you would like further information please contact the SWID secretary, Anne O’Loughlin, Principal Social Worker, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Rochestown Ave, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin (anne.o’loughlin@nrh.ie/ 01 2355372) or via the IASW office