IMPACT at Social Care Ireland Conference

SCI CONF Pic 2IMPACT representatives attended Social Care Ireland’s 2016 Annual Conference in Naas, on the 14th and 15th of April. This year’s event was entitled ‘Balancing Care: Recognition and regulation in the Era of Professionalisation’. This theme is at the forefront of the minds of social care practitioners as CORU registration approaches and delegates were keen to find out what supports IMPACT are offering to members.

The conference consisted of a range of keynotes speakers, presentations and individual workshops. Many delegates expressed uncertainty about what CORU registration could mean for practitioners and were interested to hear about the services IMPACT is offering to members. Of particular interest to attendees was the threat that Fitness to Practice cases potentially pose to, not only workers’ jobs, but their careers. The IMPACT stand supplied delegates with copies of a new leaflet detailing IMPACT’s Fitness to Practice service. The content of the leaflet can be viewed here.

Up to 300 practitioners attended the event. There are a large number of social care workers in the Dublin Care Services and the Boards and Voluntary Agencies Branches, as well as other Branches across the country. IMPACT representatives were approached by current members looking for information on the services provided, workers interested in joining the union and also care staff wondering if IMPACT can speak to colleagues in their workplace about the professionalisation process.

IMPACT represents 10 of the 12 grades being registered with CORU. The union is offering a range of services including information and training sessions, helping members get documents signed off on without having to go to a solicitor and specialist representation in the event of a Fitness to Practice case being brought against them. Attendees were also pleased to discover other benefits like IMPACT events counting as Continuing Professional Development credits.

IMPACT is available to attend other conferences relevant to its members in the Boards and Voluntary Agencies and Dublin Care Services Branches. If you think there is an event that IMPACT should be represented at please contact