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Social Care Worker Registration Board Biographies
Dunia Hutchinson (Chair)
Dunia Hutchinson is the National Manager of Homeless Services with The Society of St Vincent de Paul and has been a Social Care Worker since 1992. She lectures part-time in DIT and IT Carlow.
Dunia has a Diploma in Social Studies from DIT, a BA Hons in Applied Social Studies from NUIM and an MPhil in Gender & Women’s Studies from TCD.
Catherine began working as a social care worker in 1984, qualifying from DIT in 1988. Since then she has worked in a variety of social care settings, and was the National Director of EPIC prior to taking up my current post in Limerick Institute of Technology where Catherine teaches on both the BA and MA programmes. She was a researcher on the Child Deaths Review Group and was an external ethics advisor to the Ombudsman for Children’s Office
for one of their major research projects. Catherine was awarded a PhD fellowship with NUIG where I completed a study focusing on the role of social care workers in promoting the protective factors associated with resilience with young people in residential care.
Damien Courtney worked in the Irish public service for 40 years, of which 39 were in Higher Education and 30 years were in management.
His roles included CIT Head of Social and General Studies and CIT Head of Faculty of Business and Humanities. His special interests and responsibilities have included Executive member of FESET, the European Association of Socio-Educational Care Work, 1991-2006, and founding member of IASCE, the Irish Association of Social Care Educators. Damien taught, managed, researched and published in demography, social and public policy areas. Member and Chair of many other public bodies, social care and other course validation boards.
Pat Doyle has 26 years’ experience in the Social Care Sector in a wide range for vulnerable youth and adults service provision, all in the area of the Social Care field.
He is a member of the Joint Meeting of the Cross Departmental Team on Homelessness and the National Homelessness Consultative Committee, the Dublin Region Homeless Executive’s (DRHE) Consultative Forum and the Inter-Agency Advisory Group (IAG) which is overseeing the reconfiguration and strategic direction of homeless services in Dublin. Pat was also elected to the Dublin Housing Special Policy Committee for Dublin City Council. Pat has very successfully developed excellent working relationships with the TUSLA (HSE), Probation Service, Dublin Local Authorities, the HSE and numerous voluntary bodies.
Maurice is an Independent Advocate, Researcher and Management Consultant.
He has published across a range of platforms on issues related to social care, leaving care and aftercare. Maurice has a new book titled ‘Social Care and Child Welfare in Ireland: Integrating Residential Acre, Leaving Care and Aftercare’ set to be published in late 2015. This book includes a detailed interrogation of the professionalisation agenda and professionalism within social care with reference to the professional registration process we are now contributing towards. In 2013 he co-published with Focus Ireland and EPIC a 200 page guide for care leavers in Ireland titled: Pathways.
Imelda Finerty is a retired Social Care Professional, Monitor, Inspector for Children’s Residential Centres & Child Advocate.
Imelda has considerable knowledge of the evolution of childcare in Ireland; Qualified with Dip in Residential Care; BA Health Care Mgt; MA Child & Youth Care; Dip Counselling Skills; Legislation on registration of children’s residential centres (CRCs); National Standards CRCs; Theory & Practice of childcare. Experience includes 35 years working in Residential Social Care; working on the floor; Centre manager; Service manager; Child Advocate; Monitoring Officer; Inspector for the Registration of private children’s centres; working on committees; policy development; managing change; interagency working; working in a regulated environment.
James Forbes is the Head of Care with Childvision.
In addition to his responsibilities managing 30 Social Care practicitioners and membership of ChildVision’s senior management team, James is also an Associate Lecturer, University of Worcester (vision impairment and disability studies), an Associate Lecturer, Institute of Technology, Tallaght (social care degree programme) and a tutor on Trinity College Dublin’s Postgraduate diploma in Child Protection and Welfare. In addition to a social care qualification, James has primary degrees in law (LLB) and in education, (BA (Ed)), a masters in education (MA (Ed)) and an MSc in child protection and welfare. At present, James sits on two HIQA advisory boards, including the group advising on the production of a guidance document on service user autonomy. James Forbes is also a member of Council.
Karen Kiernan has been CEO of One Family since 2001. One Family is Ireland’s organisation for people parenting alone, sharing parenting and separating providing specialist family support services, policy analysis and membership.
Adrian McKenna’s Educational Background includes areas such as Applied Social Care (DIT), Psychology (NUI Maynooth), Counselling(NUI Maynooth) and Disability Studies (UCC).
Adrian’s areas of interest include Post Adoption services (founding member of peer led organisation), Executive of YES campaign for children, self-injury support for care teams, servant leader trained, Member of Executive of IASCW, Counselling support to parents in crisis, Student SCW placement co-ordinator for Crosscare Homeless Services. He believes strongly in the education and support of Social Care Workers, and Adrian is solution focussed.
Des Mooney is a social care practitioner currently working in a residential care centre in the South East. He has been working with Smyly Trust Services for 14 years. Des is also a tutor to adult returners to education and an advocate of lifelong learning.
His research interests include the provision of a healing environment for young people in care, and, play as therapy and education. Des research interests also include adult and lifelong learning. Des holds a B.A in Social Care and an M.A in Higher Education. His research thesis focussed on the experience of adult child care workers returning to education.
Tim Murphy is the Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer at DMS Offshore Investment Services LTD. He is a Qualified Accountant by training, 27 Years international management experience in Financial Services.Mr Murphy has managed large organisations across multiple worksites and jurisdictions.
Tim and his wife Anne have been Irish Foster Parents to two children. As a child, Mr Murphy’s own family fostered two boys for two years in a respite situation for their mother, a family friend. Mr Murphy has considerable experience of the foster care system in Ireland and brings this experience to the Board.
Jim is the Head of Department at Cork Institute of Technology.
His main qualifications include a BA, a H.Dip in Education, a BCL and an LLB. Prior to becoming a Head of Department at CIT in 2004, Jim was a long-time lecturer in law across a wide variety of programmes within the Institute, most notably in Social Care and in Early Years Education. He also taught law at University College Cork on a part-time basis, as well as working there in the area of Adult Education. An active member of CIT’s Academic Council, Jim has been Chair of the Standing Orders Committee of the Council since 1995. Currently President of IASCE, the Irish Association of Social Care Educators.