Appointments to the Social Care Workers Registration Board

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD has re-appointed the following members of the Social Care Workers Registration Board.  These appointments are for a three year period from 12 April 2018 to 11 April 2021.

Dr. Catherine Carty

Dr. Carty 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 her current post in Limerick Institute of Technology where she 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. Dr. Carty was awarded a PhD fellowship with NUIG where she 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.

Mr. Damien Courtney

Mr. Courtney is a demographer and a member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. He worked in the Irish public service for 40 years, of which 39 were in Higher Education and 30 years were in management. He was in management positions during the establishment of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and during the initial preparation for the establishment of the Munster Technological University (MTU) He served as CIT Head of Social and General Studies and of Faculty of Business and Humanities.  Mr. Courtney’s special interests and responsibilities have included being an executive member of FESET, the European Association of Training Centres for Socio-Educational Care Work, 1991-2006, and founding member of IASCE, the Irish Association of Social Care Educators. He has been a member and chair of many other public bodies, social care and course validation boards. In addition to teaching at CIT and UCC, he has also taught in France and the Netherlands and presented papers at many Irish and international conferences. He retired from his academic position in 2013 and was made a Fellow Emeritus of CIT in 2015. He is currently also a member of the Social Workers Registration Board.

Mr. Paddy Duggan

Mr. Duggan has 26 years’ managerial and professional HR experience in manufacturing, retail and healthcare in Ireland and abroad. He also served in the defence forces, including in the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. He was a member of the Professional Competence Committee in the Medical Council, established to develop the Professional Competence Scheme for medical practitioners. He is currently Workforce Planning Lead in the HR Directorate in the HSE.

Mr. Brian Hogan

Mr. Hogan has served as CEO of Don Bosco Care since November 2013. He is also currently a member of the executive of the IASCM, a member of the Institute of Directors, Ireland, and a member of the Board of Directors of The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities (London). He was previously Deputy Director Unit Manager at Oberstown Boys School (1991 -2013) and spent two years working at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth and the Child Psychiatric Services at Warrenstown House (1989-1991).

Mr. Hogan led the strategic development of the Don Bosco Care organisation, building on organisational strengths to meet national needs. In addition to this, he has established links with leading practitioners in the field – from the UK and the US – and they have provided on-site training and consultation, as well as providing support from a distance. He has given many keynote presentations and conference workshops over the years. These include various Social Care Ireland conferences, Unity Through Relationship Conferences and a presentation to The Tavistock, London. His academic qualifications include BA (Theology), MBS PgDip. Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders MCIPD.

Ms. Karen Kiernan

Ms. 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.

Mr. Des Mooney

Mr. 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. He is also a tutor to adult returners to education and an advocate of lifelong learning.

Mr. Mooney’s research interests include the provision of a healing environment for young people in care and the use of play as therapy and education. His research interests also include adult and lifelong learning. He holds a B.A in Social Care and an MA in Higher Education. His research thesis focussed on the experience of adult childcare workers returning to education.