2019-2020

10:30 AM, 07 Oct 2019 - , Aula Maxima, UCC

Launch of new study on workplace violence in disability sector


We are delighted to invite you to the launch of the research report “An exploratory study on workplace violence and its effect on residential disability social care workers in Ireland: A mixed method approach”.

The study was undertaken as a collaboration between Social Care Ireland and University College Cork Masters of Social Work students Agnieszka Mech-Butler and Róisín Swift under the CARL-initiative (Community/Academic Research Links) supervised by Dr Eleanor Bantry White.

The report will be launched by Independent Senator Colette Kelleher who has been working for the past three decades to advance the rights and supports for children and young people, people who are homeless, people with disabilities and dementia in Ireland and the UK. She held Chief Executive roles at Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Cope Foundation, Cork Simon Community and Daycare Trust.

The key note will be delivered by Dr Kevin McCoy who was appointed by the Irish Government to the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse from December 2000 - May 2003. Since then he has provided consultancy services to a wide range of statutory, voluntary and private sector organisations in Ireland, the UK, Europe. He chaired the Aras Attracta Review Group which reported in 2016. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Áiseanna Tacaíochta which acts as an intermediary between each of its members and the HSE to set up a Direct Payment to the individual, enabling them to move from a service delivery model to choosing and managing their own services.

While social care workers working in the area of residential disability services are providing an invaluable support to vulnerable individuals and their families, they are also often at a high risk of workplace violence due to the nature of the work. This research documents difficulties experienced by social care workers and also provides recommendations that could promote safe working environments. The report can be read in full on the CARL Website: https://www.ucc.ie/en/media/research/carl/AgnieszkaMech-ButlerandR%C3%83%C2%B3is%C3%83%C2%ADnSwiftCARLReport2019.pdf

Free - please register. Organised by Collaboration between Social Care Ireland and UCC Masters of Social Work

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