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Tue 20 Mar

Kinship Seminar - World Social Work Day (MSW) NUIG & IASW

11:00 - 13.45

Room G006, Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS Building), NUIG.

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Speakers: Professor Caroline McGregor, Dr Valerie O’Brien, Caitriona Nic Mhuiris, Stacey Moreno
Price €Free but booking is essential


Celebrate World Social Work Day with MA social work (MSW) NUIG and the IASW

World Social Work Day will be on the 20th March 2018. It is the key day in the year that social workers worldwide stand together to celebrate the achievements of the profession and take the theme message into their communities, workplaces and to their governments to raise awareness of the social work contributions and need for further action. Please use #WSWD18 for all your tweets and photos!

This year's theme is Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability. This is the second and final year of this theme of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.

Aims of Kinship Care Seminar 

  1. Raise awareness about informal kinship caring
  2. Critically Examine Irish policy, law and practice to highlight current inadequacies of support for children and families
  3. Explore actions and areas for development for Irish social work practice and social policy


Time Speaker Subject
 11:00 Prof. Caroline McGregor (NUIG) Welcome
 11:15 Dr. Valerie O’Brien (UCD)  Pathways to Kinship Care: Policy, Practice and Legal Implications 
 12:00 Q & A
 12:10 Caitriona Nic Mhuiris Informal Kinship Care: A Relative Experience
 12:30 Working Lunch to address aims of event
 13:30 Stacey Moreno (Phoenix US) Social Work Travel Programmes (OPTIONAL)
 13:45 Close  

As an added extra, and in line with the theme of World Social Work Day, the Phoenix representative of the Council of International Programme USA (CIPUSA) will speak briefly about two exciting & affordable international comparative learning programs for social workers passionate about Social Services, Justice and Empowerment, Community Development and Cultural Immersion. These Programmes are equally attended by esteemed social work academics, students and practitioners alike. 

  1. Two week travel packages: include a full learning itinerary. The next trip is to Nicaragua in Oct 2018.
  2. The six week Building Bridges Program: A fabulous opportunity to live with American host families, participate in University level exchanges tailored to your individual professional and cultural interests, and engage with local organizations in Social Work, Education, and Non Profit Management.Next program is August 2018 in Phoenix (other locations include Cleveland, Chicago, Michigan and West Virginia)  ... more at CIPUSA.ORG

 Please use #WSWD18 if you are tweeting about World Social Work Day!