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    Contact 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.
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    Summary report on the inter-country adoption preparation "train the trainers" courses
    (Irish Adoption Board and HSE, 2004-06-29) ;
    The provision of preparation courses for intending adoptive parents was integral to the Standardised Framework proposed and accepted for Inter-Country Adoption Assessment in Ireland. In November 2002 funding was made available by the Department of Health and Children to develop and provide ‘Train the Trainers’ for running these preparation courses. The aim was to increase/ develop a pool of trainers to run the recommended courses for prospective adoptive parents. The main purposes of this report are: To give overview of the state of development of the ‘train the trainers’ courses provided; To identify implementation issues/ learning points derived from the initial stages of the training programme and to identify steps needed to mainstream this development.
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    Adoption as Part of the Irish Care System: A New Challenge for Social Work
    (Irish Association of Social Workers, 2016-03-01) ;
    Placing adoption as an adjunct to the care system will have many implications for current service delivery and especially for social work practice. Not only is it likely to change the nature of care planning, foster and adoptive parent assessment and social work involvement in judicial processes, but it also has implications for the profession’s relationship with adoption. This seismic shift requires keen deliberation at a policy and practice level if best outcomes for some of the most vulnerable children in Irish society are to be realized. The debate needs to include those individuals affected by and responsible for legislative change, policy formation and best practice and its implementation (O’Brien and Palmer, 2015). This paper sets out to explore a number of the issues involved.
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    An exploration of curriculum design when devising a masters degree in clinical social work : working paper series
    (Valerie O'Brien, 2009-05-10)
    The features of curriculum design are applied in this paper and it forms the basis for a discussion as to the viability of such a development in Ireland of 2009.
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    Academic review of practice instruments : national care planning project
    (HSE and the National Care Planning Project, 2006-10)
    The terms of reference for the academic review included consideration both of the practice instruments developed for the NCCP against national and international best practice and research, and addressed questions on their impact on outcomes of child placement. This review takes a wide view in appraising the practice instruments, focusing on contextual as well as clinical applications, as referenced in the NCPP goals. However, it does not attempt to cover general ground already well reported in other evaluation processes. It does draw on specific commentary on the practice instruments in use during the interim and final evaluations.
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    The place of family group conferencing in child welfare in the Republic of Ireland
    (SWP, 2012-10)
    This paper provides a brief overview of the practice of Family Group Conferencing (FGC) in the Republic of Ireland through a review of what has been occurring within the child welfare arena. The Irish legislation, policy and practice developments are reviewed against international trends. The chapter focuses on what has been working in conferencing in Ireland as well as the aspects that need attention and identifies key questions about the future direction and place of the practice.This paper is based on a review of small scale Irish research studies as well as legislative, practice and policy documents and a number of interviews with key service providers. It is written through a reflective process from the vantage point of one who was deeply involved in the development of kinship care (O'Brien 1997, 2012) and Family Group Conferences in Ireland from 1998 - 2003 (O'Brien 2001, 2002, O'Brien & Lynch 2002). Reflexivity involves looking again at perceptions in the light of new knowledge, understandings and perspectives. Doolan's (2007) conceptual framework for analyzing the provision of conferencing is used to aid and structure this examination and presentation. This distinguishes between legislative, procedural, and 'best practic' elements and uses the differences between 'mandate', 'strategy' and 'fit with other agency processes' to identify key implementation issues.
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    Family group conferencing practice guidance
    (Ireland. Mid-Western Health Board, 2002) ;
    The guidelines and practice protocols required for the implementation of FGCs are contained in the following sections. It builds on guidance provided in the ERHA evaluation report (O’Brien 2000). The participants in this pilot project who have contributed in the research and training to the development of these practice protocols fits with the spirit of the FGC model, and is acknowledged. The work of the pioneering spirits internationally who have shared their experiences, learning and reflections, especially colleagues in the USA working in the area of family decision-making, Hampshire (UK) and New Zealand, is also acknowledged. Much of this work has been developed from a study of family/ professional networks, as part of a relative care project (O’Brien 1999; 2000; 2001).