Social Work

Social Work in The Brothers of Charity Services Roscommon

The Social Work Department provides Social Work support to all age groups of people that avail of services from the organisation from Early Childhood to School Age and Adults. We are constantly endeavouring to develop the department to provide the best possible support in an Individualised model to individuals and their families.

Description of Service

Social Work in our Early Childhood Service are usually the first contact which families have with the service once a referral has been made.  Individuals and families require on-going support at all stages of development and this is often the beginning of an on-going working relationship.  The Social Work Department work closely with the other disciplines to provide a wide range of support services to all of our service users both adults and children. The Social Work department work actively in supporting individuals and families to live inclusive lives that are meaningful and based on a Human Rights Perspective.

Human Rights

Some Key Areas of Social Work input:-

  • Supporting families when an initial awareness of a intellectual disability is made.
  • Working with families to help them make decisions around their child’s needs.
  • Acting in a supporting and advocacy role to families and schools when children attend school in their local communities.
  • Supporting adults to live inclusive lives in their communities by supporting them and advocating with them to seek appropriate supports in relation to housing, social welfare rights.
  • Take key responsibility for protection and welfare issues which may arise and linking with the appropriate support agencies when necessary.
  • Helping ensure that service users are encouraged and enabled to express their views and exercise their rights through the self-advocacy, peer advocacy and systems advocacy.
  • Co-ordinate respite supports, In-home supports and the development and management of the Home-Sharing Scheme (see our Home-Sharing page)
  • Co-ordinating & Developing Individualised Services for Individuals and families.
  • Service Development: Considering Social Work is closely linked with Community Development, it is central to the role of Social Work to develop new initiatives that will enhance the lives of people with an Intellectual Disability.
  • Working within a Strengths based & Ecological Approach with Individual’s & families
  • A “Making it Happen” approach to people’s lives
  • Empowerment, Mentoring & Leadership role
  • Encouraging Community Engagement & Building Social Capital

The provision of services to people that experience an intellectual disability are constantly changing with the recognition that they deserve the right to the same range of services and opportunities in life which are afforded to the typical population. The Social Work department, in partnership with all other staff members have a shared responsibility to ensure that all individuals achieve fulfilling, meaningful & respected lives.

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For further Information contact:

Martina McGrath, (Head of Social Work)


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