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Tue 19 Mar

World Social Work Day Celebration with IASW and BASW, Northern Ireland

10.30am-3.30pm Registration, tea/coffee at 10.00am

Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk


'Social Work Professionalism - Promoting Values, Empowering Identity'

An all-Ireland celebration of World Social Work Day 2019

Tuesday 19th March 10.30-3.30pm Ballymascanlon House Hotel Dundalk

IASW in partnership with BASW host this year’s World Social Work Day celebration for social workers across the island of Ireland to meet and share their views on the importance of encouraging a professional social work identity.

The format will be interactive, with a series of informal workshops enabling attendees to discuss issues including: what it means to have a professional social work identity, the role of CPD in supporting identity, service users’ views on professionalism, and the impact of regulation for a professional group.

The programme will also explore how the professional bodies and regulators from both sides of the border can work together to better support social workers to grow in confidence in their professional identity.

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10.00am       Registration and Tea/Coffee/Scones


10.30am       Welcome Aine McGuirk IASW Chair


10.35am        Opening Remarks

                       Sean Holland, Chief Social Work Officer, Department of Health (NI)

                        Michelle Clark, Chief Social Worker, Department of Children & Youth Affairs (ROI)


10.55am       Keynote Address

                       Dr Gloria Kirwan, Lecturer in Social Work in the Dept of Applied Social     

                           Studies, Maynooth  University. 

                      School of Social Work & Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin

                      “Re-affirming Professionalism: Opportunities and Challenges”


11.25am       BASW NI/IASW

                     “All-Ireland Enabling Professionalism Project”

                        Carolyn Ewart, National Director, BASW NI

                        Aine McGuirk, Chair, IASW


11.30am       Workshop 1                                          


12.30pm       Lunch                                         


1.30pm         Workshop 2                                          


2.30pm         Feedback and Next Steps Patricia Higgins Interim CEO NISCC                               


3.15pm         Closing Remarks     Colin Reid BASW NI Chair      



World Social Work Day 2019

World Social Work Day Posters are available to download from this page: