The Importance of Being Principled   As a professionally qualified and registered social worker in Northern Ireland, my practice is always subject to the scrutiny of my professional association, the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC). Anyone whom I professionally engage with, can raise an objection to my practice if they feel that […]

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  One of the difficulties that faith communities appear to suffer from, is in misunderstanding the absolute need to ensure that those who have sexually abused in the past, are not allowed to abuse again through not being removed and withdrawn from further contact with those that they have harmed previously. This is an issue […]

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The Learning Circle: Linking Experience to Improvement   The ability of individuals and organisations to learn from experience is essential if they are seeking to achieve continuous improvement in their practice. This simple truth is one that many in the field of child safeguarding appear reluctant to accept. When a tragedy occurs, inquiries frequently reveal […]

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The perceived failure to protect vulnerable children within the Irish Catholic Church has been very damaging to the institution’s reputation and standing in society. It is even more disturbing to note that it is not a new phenomenon but one that has persisted for many years. There have been numerous crises and some public inquiries […]

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