Poverty is a central feature of the lives of many of the individuals and families social workers support. It is an issue so commonplace that it has been described by Northern Ireland’s Chief Social Work Officer as “the wallpaper of practice”.
A wide range of social problems including child neglect, substance abuse and mental health difficulties are more prevalent where deprivation is greatest. Individuals with a disability or long-term mental ill-health, and the individuals who care for them, are also more likely to experience poverty as a result of their circumstances.
The economic downtown resulting from measures taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a growth in poverty and associated increases in the number of people reliant on the social security system.
The webinar will explore what needs to be done on both sides of the Irish border, both in terms of short-term measures to mitigate the most pressing impacts associated with poverty and long-term strategic approaches to address the root causes of deprivation and economic inequality.
- Deirdre Hargey MLA, Minister for Communities
- Dr Ciara Fitzpatrick, Ulster University
- Fr Peter McVerry, The Peter McVerry Trust