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Wed 09 Nov

Crossing the Divide - Assisting Social Workers in Supporting Transitions from Children Disability Service into Adulthood

9.30am - 1.00pm


€10 IASW members/€40 non-members

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Social Workers in Disability (SWID) will host their conference online this year.


Due to many developments in children’s health and disability services and more and more children living well into adulthood and beyond, transitions are likely to be part of a social work intervention  when working in the area of disability. Moving from children to adult services is a key transition point; a challenge for families in that it generally involves a move away from longstanding service providers as well as supporting the young person to move into adulthood. This transition is made more challenging when there are inadequate services to bridge the divide and in the absence of a national framework. This conference will look at transitions from a theoretical, service and personal perspective.

Learning Outcomes

The conference will provide

  1. A theoretical perspective looking at national and international research on transitioning.
  2. A greater understanding of the social work role in assisting those we support to prepare and manage this critical stage and raise issues and advocate for the young people at either side of the process.
  3. A personal experience from a family who have undergone this transition.


Key speakers include

  • A research academic focusing on transitions 
  • HSE Day Opportunities Services 
  • A family's account of their experience of making this transition


Further details to follow.