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Final Agenda - IASW AGM Fri 17 June @ 4:30pm

  • 14 Jun 2016

45TH Annual General Meeting at 4:30pm on Friday 17th June 2016 at Croke Park Stadium, Croke Park, Dublin 3 Dear IASW Member, I am writing on behalf of the Board of Directors with the final agenda for the 2016 AGM. The agenda provides information on the final nominations and motions received, and attached are the 2015 End of Year Accounts.

45TH Annual General Meeting at 4:30pm on Friday 17th June 2016 at Croke Park Stadium, Croke Park, Dublin 3

AGENDA

  1. Welcome & Opening Address
  2. Apologies
  3. Adoption of Standing Orders
  4. Adoption of Minutes June 5, 2015
  5. Matters Arising
  6. John Meade - End of Year Accounts 2015
  7. Aisling - Adoption of End of Year Accounts 2015
  8. Aisling - Appointment of Auditors 2016/2017 – John Meade & Co.
  9. Annual Report of 2015/2016
  10. Adoption of Annual Report
  11. Election of the Board of Directors
  12. Motions – See page 2 & 3 of the agenda
  13. A.O.B & Closing Address

Nominations for the Board of Directors 2016/2017

The IASW has received nomination papers to stand of election for the IASW Board of Directors, from the following IASW Members;

  1. Role of Chair: Frank Browne
  2. Director of the Board: Donal O’Malley
  3. Director of the Board: Billie Anne McCauley
  4. Director of the Board: Joe McCarthy
  5. Director of the Board: John Brennan
  6. Director of the Board: Hilda Loughran
  7. Director of the Board: Anette O’Callaghan
  8. Director of the Board: Elizabeth Hamilton
  9. Director of the Board: Aine McGuirk
  10. Director of the Board: Vacancy

Memo & Arts: Composition of the Board of Directors

  • Article 40. The position of Chair shall be filled by election at the AGM. If this position is not filled at the AGM then the members of the Board may elect from amongst themselves a Chair.
  • Article 41: The Secretary of the Company, Treasurer & Vice Chair shall be appointed by the Board on such terms and conditions as they see fit. A person other than a Member of the Company shall be entitled to be appointed as Secretary.

 

MOTION #1

Received from: The IASW Board of Directors

The Board of the IASW set up a task force to review the feasibility of evoking a change to Rule 3:2:3 of the IASW Rules & Byelaws and to explore all avenues to increase membership of the Association as per the IASW strategy

Existing Rule: 3:2:3 The Chair, Secretary and Treasurer of the Special Interest Group shall be members of the Association.

Proposed Rule Amendment: 3:2:3All members of the Special Interest Group shall be members of the Association, as of June 2017

 

Explanation: The Board of the IASW are proposing to ‘phase-out’ non-members joining Special Interest Groups, in order to prohibit non-members from using the professional body, it’s funds, resources and staff without paying the appropriate membership fee. 

Proposed By: Donal O’Malley, Chairperson IASW

Seconded By: The IASW Board of Directors 

 

MOTION #2

Received from: The IASW Board of Directors

Amendment to the Rules & Byelaws

Existing Rules:

Section 1 Membership Criteria

1.1.       The membership of the Association shall consist of:

  1. Social workers who hold a social work qualification recognised by the former CQSW recognised by the CCETSW, the National Social Work Qualification Board or who are registered as social workers with the Social Work Registration Board of CORU.
  2. Overseas members need also be registered by a relevant registration board as outlined above.
  3. Social workers who have retired, currently non-working (i.e. on sabbatical, working in a non-social work post), or are unemployed but who hold a social work qualification recognised by the former CQSW recognised by the CCETSW, the National Social Work Qualification Board or who are registered as social workers with the Social Work Registration Board of CORU.
  4. Student members being persons undergoing a recognised undergraduate course of studies in Social Work or a recognised post graduate course under conditions prescribed by the Board of the Association;

Rule Addition;

  1. On the invitation of the Chair, a Commercial Person who is not a Member of the Company may be co-opted to the Board either to fill a vacancy or as an additional Director provided that the appointment does not cause the number of Directors to exceed the maximum number of Directors. That person so co-opted shall remain a Member of the Board only until the next Annual General Meeting, when s/he shall retire and may stand for re-election at that AGM

Explanation: In order to ensure the Board, have the necessary professional skills and expertise to achieve the associations Strategic Priorities, the Board of Directors are looking to amend the Rules and Byelaws to elect a Commercial Director to the Board. The Board believe that a diverse, well balanced board can make better decisions and will bring more general skills, outside of Social Work i.e.

  • Much needed skills brought onto the boards in areas such as Marketing/PR/Finance/Legal.
  • Board is refreshed and re-energised with injection of new blood and fresh ideas.
  • Increased board diversity.
  • The association can be exposed to a whole new network of contacts i.e. Media Contacts, Potential Funders, etc. 

Proposed By: Donal O’Malley, Chairperson IASW

Seconded By: The IASW Board of Directors 

 

MOTION #3

Received from: The IASW Board of Directors

Amendment to the Rules & Byelaws

Existing Rule:

3:2:1     Special Interest Groups are formed by members who seek to pursue the best interests of service users and promote the professional development of social workers

Amendment to the Rule:

3:2:1     Special Interest Groups are formed by members who seek to pursue the best interests of service users and promote the professional development of social workers. Special Interest Groups are open to social workers of any grade.

3:2:2 Associate group are formed by members who seek to pursue the best interests of service users and promote the professional development of social workers. Associate groups do not need to be open to social workers from any grade. 

Explanation:  To clarify the difference between an IASW Special Interest Group and an Associate 

Proposed By: Donal O’Malley, Chairperson IASW

Seconded By: The IASW Board of Directors

 

MOTION #4

Received from: Social Workers in Adult Mental Health (SWAMH) IASW Special Interest Group

That the SWAMH committee call on the IASW to negotiate with the HSE so that proper resources and structures are put in place so that social workers can safely implement the “safeguarding vulnerable adults at risk of abuse” policy as per the CORU code of ethics and social work principals

Explanation:  A new HSE Social Care national policy “Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse” (S.V.P.R.A.) has been introduced and was implemented in 2015 without adequate consultation with all stakeholders, both those inside the Social Care directorate and those in other areas such as mental health and Intellectual Disability.

 

Under this policy, the H.S.E Safeguarding and Protection Teams (S.P.T.’s) are monitoring and in effect line managing social work departments across the H.S.E and other H.S.E funded agencies with regard to their management of concerns about vulnerable adults. This is concerning from a fitness to practice perspective as there are no clear lines of accountability.  It is also concerning that contrary to the statement on page 4 of the S.V.P.R.A. policy, in practice the previous Elder Abuse policy has not been subsumed into the new S.V.P.R.A. policy, persons over the age of 65 years do not have access to the Safeguarding and Protection Teams if they are outside the auspices of the social care division. This is discriminatory and means that a service that used to exist for those persons previously has been withdrawn without any notice or consultation with relevant stakeholders.

This policy also advises that where an adult is assessed as having capacity to make decisions, and decides not to give workers permission to pass on their information to the Safeguarding and Protection Teams (S.A.T’s) the policy’s instructions is to ignore these wishes, complete the relevant preliminary screening forms and forward to S.A.T.  which in effect ignores the Service User’s Constitutional right to privacy, legislation and earlier comments in the policy about the presumption of decision making capacity.

 

This motion calls for the I.A.S.W to speak out on our behalf, insist that clarity is provided and proper structures and resources are put in place so that we can practice safely and ethically as per our code of ethics and our professional standards and principles.

Proposed By: Aine Davin, SWAMH Committee

Seconded By: Anna Carroll, SWAMH Committee

 

Your participation at the AGM is important for the IASW, and I would encourage every Member to take part in the meeting, either by attending the AGM or (if you are not able to attend) by casting your vote by proxy. You can also submit a question in advance of the AGM, by sending an e-mail to office@iasw.ie , questions are to be returned to the office no later than May 27, 2016.

I look forward to seeing you on June 17, 2016!

Yours sincerely,
Dónal O’Malley

Chairperson

The National Social Work Organisation of Ireland

T/A Irish Association of Social Workers