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Joan Cronin


IASW Independent Social Workers

Name: Joan Cronin

E- Mail:

Telephone: 0872793323

Types of Work/SpecialismsChildren’s Rights. Social Policy analysis. Safeguarding.  Fostering.  Mental Health.  Domestic Violence. Individual and Group Supervision.

CORU Registration No: SW003036. 

Region/Location: Cork and online.

Languages: English.

Description of relevant experience/profile:

  • Principal Social Worker for over thirty years in learning disability Services, and CAMHS. Prior to retirement from the public service in 2016, Joan was manager of Social Work and Social Care Services in the Mental Health Services in CHO Area 4.
  • Joan was one of the first Social Workers to work in HIV services in Ireland and in this role, she formed strong alliances between the voluntary and statutory services working in HIV.
  • For many years Joan worked as a Senior Social Worker in St James Hospital in Dublin. In this role, she carried out research on how to improve the identification and follow up support for women presenting to Accident and Emergency following domestic violence. This work led to the national roll out in Irish hospitals on training on domestic violence for Health care professionals working in Accident and Emergency Departments.
  • Along with other Designated Persons, Joan was instrumental in developing the Policy Statement on the Policy and Procedures for the Welfare and Protection of Children for a national voluntary disability service and has extensive practice experience in her role as a Designated Person. (DLP).
  • Collaborative and inter disciplinary work are central tenets to Joan’s work. She has led research and implementation of projects on women’s health, with Turkish speaking women in the east end of London. As Social Work Manager, she was instrumental in developing community led interdisciplinary mental health intervention services for children in Cork and Kerry.
  • Whilst studying for a master’s degree in law, Joan was an active member of the Child Law Clinic in UCC where she examined children’s rights to housing under the European Social Charter.
  • The integration of theory and reflective practice into Social Work practice remains one of Joan’s lifelong interests. She has for many years contributed and taught on the BSW Course in UCC. She is experienced in Social Work module development, preparation and delivery and recently has undertaken training on virtual teaching.
  • Working from a systemic perspective, Joan is experienced in delivering supportive and comprehensive social work supervision to student and qualified social workers.

 Qualifications: RGN, RM, CQSW, Dip Family Therapy, LLM (Hons)

Professional registrations:  CORU  

Extra Skills: Former Member of Family Therapy Association of Ireland.  Active in Community Development and experienced in tendering for project work in the voluntary sector