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- ItemChild protection and welfare systems in Ireland: continuities and discontinuities of the present(Springer, 2018-08-07) Burns, Kenneth; McGregor, CarolineThis chapter provides an overview of the Irish child protection and welfare system, and examines continuities and discontinuities between the past and the present. 2012 is chosen as a pivotal change moment around which to critically examine current developments. This year is chosen due to seminal change events which occurred such as a referendum on the rights of the child and the publication of a report that led to the blueprint for the establishment of an independent Child and Family Agency in Ireland. We chart existing histories of child welfare and comment on significant trends and developments. Against the backdrop of this history, we discuss whether, almost 50 years on, the context, appetite for and investment in change, is to be realised in the biggest structural change to children’s services since the development of Community Care under the Health Act in 1970. In undertaking this analysis, we examine five themes: the establishment of a new Child and Family Agency (Tusla); Signs of Safety adopted as a new national child protection approach; changing trends in child welfare as demonstrated by recent statistics, retention rates for social workers in child protection; and dealing with retrospective child abuse disclosures, institutional abuse and Church-State relations.
- ItemChild removal decision-making systems in Ireland: law, policy and practice(Oxford University Press, 2016-10-20) Burns, Kenneth; O'Mahony, Conor; Shore, Caroline; Parkes, Aisling; Burns, Kenneth; Pösö, Tarja; Skivenes, Marit; University College Cork
- ItemChild welfare and protection in Ireland: déjà vu vu all over again(Palgrave Macmillan, 2015-08) Buckley, Helen; Burns, Kenneth; Christie, Alastair; Featherstone, Brid; Quin, Suzanne; Walsh, Trish
- ItemCommunity-engaged student research: online resources, real world impact(Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012-11) Bates, Catherine; Burns, Kenneth; Marcus-Quinn, Ann; Bruen, Catherine; Allen, Miriam; Dundon, Aisling; Diggins, Yvonne; European CommissionThe global economic crisis, the cost of socialising enormous bank debts and exchequer fiscal ‘corrections’ in the Irish economy (see Kirby and Murphy 2011), have sharpened recent debates on the role and functions of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in society. Key debates have centred on public sector pay and performance, and the contribution HEIs should make in building the knowledge economy and driving Ireland’s economic growth. However, HEIs also have a significant part to play in civil society. HEIs are often criticised for primarily serving the elites, the powerful and the economically privileged sections of society; but all citizens, groups and organisations should have a right to participate in HEI activities, and be facilitated to share their mutual knowledge and expertise, and to collaborate on the creation of new knowledge. Civil society organisations (CSOs) can become engaged in higher education, particularly in the research activities of HEIs, through the process of community-based research (CBR), often facilitated through a knowledge exchange or community liaison office. Civil society organisations include: voluntary and community organisations, residents’ groups, non-profit organisations, associations, pressure and faith groups, and trade unions. CBR - also known in Europe as “Science Shop”, from a Dutch phrase meaning “knowledge workshop” - involves students and/or academic staff collaborating with community partners to address local and/or societal research questions identified by CSOs. In this chapter, we argue that the bottom up CBR approach, facilitated by the use of on-line resources, enhances the ability of HEIs to meet their civic engagement obligations contained in the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 (Hunt 2011). CBR also makes HEIs more responsive to society, enhances student researchers’ knowledge, skills and competencies, and contributes to community development. This chapter begins by introducing community-based research and its development on the Island of Ireland. We then outline and evaluate our experiences of using online resources in similar ways in two HEIs – Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and University College Cork (UCC) - to facilitate student recruitment to CBR projects, as well as supporting the involvement of community partners and academic supervisors. This is very much a discussion paper based on evolving work practices, rather than a definitive evaluation of a finalised product. Throughout the chapter we argue for HEIs using such digital resources as a way to promote and facilitate staff and student involvement in civically engaged research. We will conclude the paper with a brief discussion of our publication of completed CBR reports on our websites, in light of the open access to research movement.
- ItemMoving beyond 'case-management' supervision: social workers' perspectives on professional supervision in child protection(Manchester University Press, 2012-04) Burns, Kenneth; Lynch, Deborah; Burns, Kenneth; Children Acts Advisory Board, Dublin; Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ireland; Applied Social Studies, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork; Social Sciences Research Project Fund