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Social Care

Written by social care workers, this unique multi-contributory book draws on insightful stories of practice to discuss the key issues that impact on social care today.

  • Provides a wealth of practical knowledge from the experiences of social care workers who have worked with different groups in diverse settings.

  • Goes behind the rhetoric and theory to examine the unpredictable, difficult and challenging aspects of social care work.

  • Draws from real-life case studies illustrating both positive and negative experiences and outcomes, and examines the tasks and core competencies of social care work.

  • Reflects on the professionalisation of social care as a vital service utilised by Tusla (Child and Family Agency), the Health Service Executive and other stakeholders.

  • Discusses the evolution of social care from residential child care to an expanded, multifaceted and integrated practice.

  • Details the establishment of the representative body Social Care Ireland (SCI) in 2011, which is made up of the Irish Association of Social Care Workers (IASCW), the Irish Association of Social Care Management (IASCM) and the Irish Association of Social Care Educators (IASCE).

Written For:

  • Students of Social Care
  • Social care workers preparing for continuing professional development (CPD), and allied health and social care professionals
  • Those interested in a career in social care

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Publication Date

May 2014




Paperback, 320 pages

Country of Origin



Gill Education


Overview of Social Care Practice

Chapter 1 Learning from Stories of Practice

Denise Lyons and Noel Howard

Chapter 2 The Irish Association of Social Care Workers

Noel Howard

Chapter 3 Social Care Education and the Irish Association of Social Care Educators

Denise Lyons

Stories from Practice and Management

Chapter 4 There’s No Place like Home: Care and Aftercare

‘Keith King’

Chapter 5 The Impossible Task: Which Wolf will Win?

Maurice Fenton

Chapter 6 Doing Small Things with Great Kindness

John Digney and Max Smart

Chapter 7 The Language of Social Care


234 x 156 mm


Edited by Noel Howard and Denise Lyons

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Noel Howard is a retired social care worker and manager. He is the founder member and secretary of Social Care Ireland and is Chair of Care Leavers Ireland. He has written on social care work and edits publications for the Irish Association of Social Care Workers.

Denise Lyons is a lecturer in the Department of Humanities, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, and has worked as a social care worker in residential care for several years. She is also an art therapist and the editor of Creative Studies for the Caring Professions (Gill & Macmillan). Denise is currently the President of Social Care Ireland.

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