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The Irish Social Worker - Journal Committee

Frank Browne has taken on the role of Guest Editor for the most recent 'Mental Health' Special Edition and is in the process of collating articles for the Winter 2015 edition. The Board are extremely grateful to Frank for taking on this arduous task. The newly formed IASW Journal Committee has their first meeting in October, further information on their work will be available in the coming weeks. In the mean-time if you are interested in getting involved with this group, please send your expression of interest to For more information about The Irish Social Worker journal, how to submit an article for consideration, guidelines for writing an article, etc. please go to the 'Resources' section on our website.

An Appreciation of Monica Egan, Retiring Editor of the Irish Social Worker 

 By: Frank Browne 

On behalf of all IASW members, the IASW Board would like to express our appreciation to Monica Egan for her most valuable role as Editor of The Irish Social Worker since 2006. For those of us who have submitted an article for the Journal, we can testify to the sensitive and judicious advice we have received from Monica, which has added to the quality of our article. While it may have taken us hours and days to get our article right, the reality is that Monica has taken even longer to review all articles and prepare the Journal for its eventual printing. Monica has welcomed articles from the wise and experienced to the young and enthusiastic and this has culminated in a Journal that has something for all members. While the Journal is not a peer reviewed Journal, it has become a launch pad for many an aspiring academic. Feedback from members to date is that the Journal is one of the most tangible benefits of being a member and it is welcomed both as a Journal specifically for social workers and as an Irish Journal. 

We are all too aware that as President of the IASW and later Editor of the Irish Social Worker, Monica is a hard act to follow. On your behalf we thank Monica, and we wish her well as she relaxes now, primarily as a reader of the Journal and we will take her advice on board in terms ensuring the future legacy of the Journal.


The Irish Social Worker Journal by: Monica Egan (Editor 2006-2013)

I have edited The Irish Social Worker since 2006 and the time has come for me to hand over to others. The profession is now a registered profession and I think it is only right that registered social workers now take up the baton. A registered profession is quite different to an unregistered one. Different issues, different challenges will arise. The Irish Social Worker going forward should and will reflect that changing world. It should therefore be edited by those who are involved with and fully understand that changing world. As I am no longer working in that world and indeed have been lucky enough to get the opportunity to change to another sphere of work, it is only fair that those who are and will be working as registered social workers take over from here. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the contributors for their articles and book reviews. I have enjoyed reading people’s contributions and have enjoyed the email correspondence I have had with so many of you. I would like to thank the staff in the office and the printers who bore with last minute deadlines and indeed broken deadlines.

I would like to thank the Executive of IASW for all their support over the years not only as Editor of The Irish Social Worker but also during my time as President of the Association. It is my hope for both The Irish Social Worker and the IASW that they both grow in strength as the profession moves into new and exciting times.