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- PublicationAdapted Culturagram(2019-07-29)• The culturagram was developed by Congress ‘in response to cultural diversity among families and the need for ethnic-sensitive practice’ (Congress, 1994:531). • It is a family assessment tool which allows social workers “to assess the impact of culture on the family, individualize ethnically similar families, be more empathic with regard to cultural differences and empower the culturally diverse” (Congress, 1994: 531) • It has been adapted here by Muireann Ní Raghallaigh, based primarily on her practice and research with unaccompanied refugee children. • The adapted version seeks not only to assess the impact of culture but also to place emphasis on the impact of the migration experience.
- PublicationAddressing the Justice Gap: Sexual Violence and Restorative Justice(2022-03-10)This presentation involved the screening of a film on restorative justice, 'The Meeting' www.themeetingfilm.ie; a presentation locating the film in the context of sexual crime, criminal justice and restorative justice, and a Panel Discussion.
- PublicationAffective equality : love, care and solidarity as productive forces(Institute of Thematic Gender Studies, LiU-ÖU; Center for Feminist Social Studies (CFS), 2010-05)
- PublicationAffective inequalities : challenging (re)distributive, recognition and representational models of social justice(2010-07)This paper examines the significance of care relations for the pursuit of equality and social justice in society. It highlights the importance of affective equality for producing a society governed by principles of deep egalitarianism and equality of condition. This paper builds on research with my colleagues in Equality Studies on the theory of equality (Baker, Lynch, Cantillon and Walsh, 2004, 2009) and on the subject of affective equality in particular (Lynch, Baker and Lyons, 2009). It begins by acknowledging the role of feminist scholars in opening up the affective domain to research. It then briefly defines affective equality and inequality going on to outline the core assumptions underpinning affective egalitarian thinking. From there, it explores the neglect of affective relations in egalitarian theory and outlines a new framework for egalitarian thinking, one that takes account of affective relations and highlights their inter-relationship with other social systems. This is followed by a discussion of the implications of relationality at the heart of affective equality and a short comment on the links between affective relations, ethics and politics. The paper concludes with some comments on why social scientific and political thought needs to change to take account of the affective and the normative in social life.
- PublicationAge Related Inequalities and Covid19(2020-09-23)Invited speaker to Social Work in the Community first webinar on Covid and Inequality, Collaboration between Department of Health(NI) and University of Ulster.
- PublicationAre we Killing our Priests?(2016-11-16)With some exceptions the rhetoric of priesthood and the Catholic Church in Ireland today is that they are kind of irrelevant … especially in the Western World. Priests are depicted at best as benignly innocent and kind or as evil and cunning, but generally not really relevant to the Modern Ireland – apart from some ceremonial duties that are part of both tradition and / or faith for some. The Catholic Church itself is often depicted as a place of cover up and political manoeuvrings…. with little to recommend it … perhaps apart from some of the statements of Pope Francis – for those with the interest to note what he says. Within this perspective and the tone of it – the dominant one in Ireland – it is of little surprise that priests and religious leaders have and are living through an emotional rollercoaster with extreme lows and some highs.
- PublicationCare Planning Meetings with Older People: Issues for Policy, Social Work Practice and Patient Participation Symposium on Decision-Making Practices in Gerontological Social Work ESWRA 2019, Leuven(University College Dublin, 2019-04-11)In recent years there have been national and international policy advances around capacity and decision-making and an apparent burgeoning human rights-based approach to the issue all of which have the potential to impact on the experiences of older people. There is little evidence however on whether these policies and principles are being translated into gerontological social work practice and whether traditional paternalistic approaches to decision-making are being challenged within our professional social justice remit. Although Care-Planning Meetings (CPMs) are an increasingly common part of gerontological social work within multidisciplinary teams (MDTs), it is uncertain how, and by whom, the voice and wishes of older people, including those with a cognitive impairment, are given due priority. In addition, there is little professional guidance on how to best plan and facilitate CPMs for older patients with cognitive and communication deficits and other often complex needs. An added challenge is the wide, often diverse, and conflicting range of perspectives held by health and social care professionals and other family members who may be involved in the decision-making process. The purpose of this presentation is to draw on best practices within the research literature as well empirical research on CPMs with older people carried out in the Irish context. This research highlights considerable variability in how older people participate and are involved in decision-making around their care. The findings show that family dynamics and existing relationships can also play a role in how older people participate and are involved. The facilitators and barriers to effective participation and decision-making for older people are considered and best practice guidelines for social workers in CPMs will be discussed which could help promote an individualised approach to participation that best reflects the older person’s will and preferences.
- PublicationChallenges in assessment and decision making in intercountry adoption(2006-07-17)This paper addresses the challenges facing ICA assessment and decision making in Irish adoption practice? The following questions are addressed •How can a balance be struck between legislative, procedural and best practice parameters in decision making? •Are the models used in assessment and decision making at variance or fitting with the balance required between these parameters? •In moving forward from 2008, what are there issues that need particular attention?
- PublicationChildren in Care and Permanency : A Comparative Perspective(Irish Association Of Social Workers, 2013-06-28)
- PublicationA conceptual framework to assist Irish reform in adoption and child welfare, including lessons from the USA(2015-09-24)The key issue of adoption out of the public care system is central to this paper. The paper traces the place of adoption in Ireland, presents a number of conceptual frameworks within which this issue can be explored and raises key questions which can contribute to the debates now needed at a legal, policy and practice level.
- PublicationContact kinship and a ‘fifth province’ systemic perspective(International Foster Care Association, 2009-07-12)Contact or contact is seen as an integral part of foster care. It is generally seen as a key barometer of the state of relationships between all the parties involved. It is accepted that while there are rewards, albeit different for different people, there are also many challenges. So, what are the key issues in kinship care placements? Does the family connection make contact easier or more difficult? If family relationships are generally collaborative, what position does the child welfare agency take in managing contact? If family generally organise contact with minimum agency assistance, how is the agency satisfied that the child is protected? How can life cycle change be accommodated in a way that builds on the cooperative relationships as opposed to threatening its stability? Likewise, if family relationships are acrimonious, how does this impact on the agencies’ responsibility towards the child in terms of maintaining ongoing contact? How does the child make sense of the conflict in terms of their ongoing relationships with all parties? How can the conflicts be navigated to ensure that the stability of placement is not jeopardised and that a level of respect can be reintroduced into the network? How can the sibling relationships be maintained if the children are placed in different family members’ homes where there are tensions among the adults involved? This paper/powerpoint draws on a fifth province systemic framework. Through an application of this framework, the child’s care plan, the needs and wishes of the different participants and differences in the kinship network of relationships can be brought together for purposes such as understanding dynamics, working clinically with the dynamics involved and facilitating inclusive contact decision making in the kinship network.
- PublicationDirect Provision as Aftercare for Aged-Out Separated Children in Ireland(2015-10-19)
;Ireland’s approach to after-care for 'aged-out' separated children is problematic. Currently, upon reaching the age of 18, most separated young people are moved to 'direct provision', despite the fact that the State can use discretionary powers to allow them to remain in foster care. Direct provision is the system Ireland adopts providing bed and board to asylum seekers, along with a weekly monetary payment. Separated young people in Ireland are in a vulnerable position after ageing out. Entry into the direct provision system, from a legal and social work perspective, is concerning. Utilising direct provision as a 'form of aftercare' emphasises Governmental policy preferences that privilege the migrant status of aged-out separated children, as opposed to viewing this group as young people leaving care. Utilising a cross disciplinary approach, this article reviews the literature to critically analyse these issues from socio-legal and social work perspectives. This analysis will be placed in the context of primary qualitative research with experiences of separated children and young people and key stakeholders. This article concludes, that the administrative and legal approaches to aged-out separated children tend to limit the ability of the State to provide adequate aftercare supports to these young people. Ultimately, their migrant status is privileged over their status as care leavers. 265
- PublicationEthics and Ethical Decision-Making in Adult Safeguarding Practice(2019-10-15)Invited Keynote presentation to HSE National Safeguarding Office Annual Learning Forum.
- PublicationEvaluating the impact of a national minimum wage : evidence from a new survey of firms(Royal Economic Society, 2002)
;In April 2000 the Irish government introduced a national minimum wage of £4.40 an hour. This paper uses data from a specially designed panel survey of firms to estimate the labour market effects of this change. Initial results show that employment growth among firms with low wage workers prior to the legislation was not significantly different to that for firms not affected by the legislation. However, this measure of the minimum wage bite is likely to overestimate the number of firms affected by the legislation. When we use a more refined measure of the minimum wage bite, which takes account of general wage growth in the economy we find the minimum wage may have had a statistically significantly negative effect on employment for the small number of firms most severely affected by the legislation. 1166
- PublicationExamining 'The Meeting' between Victim and Offender: Restorative Justice after Sexual Violence(World Society of Victimology, 2022-06-09)This presentation begins with a screening of an award-winning film ̳The Meeting‘ (with Spanish subtitles). The film is based on the true story of a real meeting which took place between an Irish woman, Ailbhe Griffith, and the man who, nine years earlier, had subjected her to a horrific sexual assault that left her seriously injured and fearing for her life. Directed by one of Ireland‘s acclaimed film makers, Alan Gilsenan, Ailbhe played herself in this film. The film depicts the minute-by-minute account of the actual meeting, offering practitioners an inside view on how such restorative justice meetings can progress, see www.themeetingfilm.com The second part of the presentation by Marie Keenan examines 'The Meeting' and uses the film to examine restorative justice in cases of sexual violence. Marie Keenan who was Ailbhe‘s support person during the actual meeting and who was clinical and restorative justice consultant for the film.
- PublicationFinancing the Golden Age of Irish Social Housing, 1932-1956 (and the dark ages which followed)(University College Dublin, 2018-10-20)The period from the early 1930s to mid-1950s was the golden age of social housing in the Republic of Ireland. During these three decades social housing accounted for 55 per cent of all new housing built and the proportion of Irish households accommodated in this sector increased to an all-time high of 18.6 per cent by 1961. Unlike the rest of Western Europe the expansion of Ireland’s social housing sector did not coincide with a golden age of welfare state expansion. Indeed the Ireland’s social housing sector began to stagnate and contract just as its welfare state commenced a late blossoming in the 1970s. This paper looks to financing arrangements to shed light on these atypical patterns of social housing sector expansion and contraction. The argument offered here is that initially the arrangements used to fund social housing in Ireland were very similar to those used in the other Western European countries which constructed large social housing sectors during the twentieth century. However, as this century wore on, the influence of the socio-political pressures which has constrained the growth of the wider Irish welfare state came to bear on the model used to fund social housing and precipitated the end of its golden age.