The Irish Association of Social Workers is the national professional body for social workers in the Republic of Ireland. It was founded in 1971 and has a membership of almost 1,300 social workers. The IASW is an active member of the International Federation of Social Workers, which represents professional social work associations from over 55 different countries with more than 350,000 social workers in all parts of the world.
What does the IASW do?
The Objectives of the Association are:
How does the IASW operate?
The Association operates by means of an elected Board of Directors which includes; the Chair of the Board, Vice-Chair, Company Secretary and Treasurer. Council is made up of the Special Interest Groups (SIG’s), Associate Groups and Committees, and is the advisory body to the Board.Many components of the IASW, from the Special Interest Groups to the Chair of the Board, operate on the time given by members. It is up to the members of the Association to participate in order to make it effective.
IASW has two full-time staff – an Office Manager (Danielle McGoldrick) and a Professional Development Coordinator (Cliona Murphy). The role of Office Manager is funded primarily through membership subscriptions and the Professional Development Coordinator role is funded through an annual grant from the HSE.
Affliate / Associate Memberships of IASW