Membership of Special Interest Groups (SIG), Committees & Associate Groups is open to members of the IASW and to non-members. The SIGs, Commitees & Associate Groups highlight priority issues for social work and for the Association, they identify training needs as well as providing information which is fed back to the Board. Learn more about Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Committees & Associates and explore content relating to each group by selecting from the list below.
If you are interested in joining a SIG, Committee or Associate Group, or getting in touch with any of them, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Workers in Ageing (SIGA) Special Interest Group
SIGA is a group of social workers that work with older persons, who wish to pursue the best interests of older persons and promote professional development of social work practice with older persons.
Social Workers working with Children & Families (C&F) Special Interest Group
C&F is involved in all matters relating to the service provided to children and families in Community Social Work.
Retried Social Workers Special Interest Group
The Retired group is formed by many of the retired Social Workers, aiming to support one another, meet and share experiences.
Social Workers in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) Special Interest Group
CAMHS provides a national forum for social workers working or interested in this area of work. They meet and discuss issues of relevance, contribute to relevant national policy, facilitate CPD, and have representation on relevant national groups.
Social Workers in Disability (SWID) Special Interest Group
SWID was formed 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.
Social Workers in the Southern Region Special Interest Group
The Southern Region SIG was set up in 2005 to represent Social Workers in both statutory and voluntary agencies, and to promote the professional development of Social Work practice.
Social Workers in Foster Care (SWIFC) Special Interest Group
SWIFC aims to provide a forum for Social Workers engaged in the area of Foster Care, to express relevant professional perspectives and to advocate on behalf of children in Foster Care.
Social Workers in Adult Mental Health (SWAMH) Special Interest Group
SWAMH aims to support colleagues, promote best practice in the interest of service users through CPD events, sharing information and contributing to national mental health policy and developments.
International Affairs Committee (IAC) & The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)
The International Federation of Social Work (IFSW) represents social work organisations from approximately 140 countries across the world, grouped into 5 regions, i.e. Asia and Pacific, Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America. It has formal links with the United Nations, the World Health Organisation, the Council of Europe, the European Union and Amnesty International, amongst others. The IASW has been a member organisation of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) for 40 years.
Anti-Racism Advisory Group (ARAG)
The Anti-Racist Advisory Group (ARAG) was set up in July 2020 following George Floyd ‘s murder in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA and the subsequent climate created by the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. In this respect George Floyd’s death is the catalyst that led to the development of the Antiracist strategy by the Anti-Racist Advisory group within IASW. Through implementation of its anti-racism strategy the ARAG aims to promote anti-racist practice in all areas of social work under the key headings: education/ research, policy/ advocacy, and Practice/CPD We believe it is crucial that the IASW provides a platform for ongoing discussion of ‘Racism’ in social work given the impact of racism on ethnic minority social workers and service users, This platform encourages the required learning to effectively challenge systems and practices that perpetuate racism in social work and the wider society.
Majella Hickey is the current Journal Editor, who is in the process of collating articles for the Winter 2020 edition. The Journal Committee is salso upported in their work by a blind panel of peer reviewers. In the mean-time if you are interested in getting involved with this group, please send your expression of interest to email@example.com 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.
Head Medical Social Workers (HMSW) Associate Group
HMSW provides a forum for the development and implementation of best standards among medical social workers in Ireland. The group also functions as an information exchange among heads of departments, as well as lobbying on issues relating to our client group and finally as a support to Head Medical Social Workers in their work.
Council of Irish Adoption Agencies (CIAA) Associate Group
CIAA was founded in 1961 as a forum for adoption agencies and was originally known as the Central Council of Catholic Adoption Societies. In 1996 the name was changed to the Council of Irish Adoption Agencies to reflect that the organisation no longer differentiated from other adoption agencies. It is hoped to shortly agree another new name to reflect the change that has taken place in membership since the closure of many of the original adoption agencies.
Social Workers and Migration (SWIM) Associate Group
Established in May 2016, SWIM welcomes new members. It is made up of social workers from a wide variety of settings including child protection and welfare, disability, family support, medical, mental health, and primary care sectors, as well as representatives of immigrant support centres, academics and social work students.
Adult Safeguarding and Protection (ASaP) Associate Group
The mission of the group is for professional social workers to act in solidarity to advocate for safeguarding and protection of all adults who are vulnerable and at risk of abuse, exploitation and neglect, aged over 18 years, within Ireland. Social Workers to operate within best professional practice and high standards with adults at risk within Ireland. To have a sufficient legislative safeguarding and protection framework within Ireland.