The Social Workers in Disability SIG consists of members from a variety of voluntary and statutory settings who work with people affected by disability from across the lifespan including families and carers. We are an active group who welcome the participation and input of new members.
The Social Workers in Disability Committee members during 2020 are:
SWID has be meeting virtually since the lockdown. SWID members have utilised the IASW’s Zoom platform. We have increased our contact and meetings to enable SWID members to feel supported, share ideas, experiences and discuss the impact of COVID -19 on our role. Members of SWID have advised that this type of platform has enabled them to engage with the SIG again and evident from the meeting, it has increased the number of members attending the meeting. We thank IASW for providing the Zoom platform resource.
The Group met on the following date(s) 2020:
The Social Work in Disability SIG membership numbers for 2018-2019 are:
We have approximately 100 members who are on our mailing list. Of these there are approximately 30 members considered as active members, who attend meetings regularly or on a more ad hoc basis.
Activities / Events for 2020
We are planning our conference for 16th of October called I’m a Child First ... Collaboratively Working to Support Children with Disabilities. This virtual conference will be an occasion for professionals to reflect on the work that we do and how collaboratively we can make positive changes and create better outcomes for children.
The webinar has been designed to capture as many professionals from a variety of disciplines to learn from one another and to draw on the experiences of our speakers. It is hoped that the event can be informal and informative, with time for questions and answers and an online poll during the morning. The aim of the Webinar is to explore and develop our understanding of collaborate work to help children reach their full potential.
This webinar is open to any professionals involved in working with children with disabilities. We are hoping to get all stakeholders i.e. HSE staff, Gardai, Youth Workers, Childcare worker, teachers, SNA’s etc. involved. We would greatly appreciate it if you could spread the word to other professionals (outside of SW) as this will enable us to include as many people as we can on the day.
The webinar will take place on Friday, 16th October from 9.30 - 12.30. Booking is available via the IASW website.
Other highlights from the year 2019-2020
New members are always welcome to our meetings.
If you would like further information please contact the SWID secretary:
Anne O’Loughlin - anne.o’email@example.com / 01 2355372 or via the IASW office
Principal Social Worker, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Rochestown Ave, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin