Join us to hear about the research carried out by a unique partnership of the two professional bodies in Ireland, North and South, and the two social work regulators.   

The survey had 1691 responses which explored what supports and develops our professional identity as social workers and the key factors which undermine and inhibit it. 

Accompanying documents


  • Dr Gloria Kirwan is Assistant Professor of Social Work in the Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University.
    Prior to this appointment, she was Asst Professor of Social Work in Trinity College Dublin. Gloria previously worked as a social worker and is currently registered with the Social Work Registration Board, Gloria also holds law degrees at primary and masters level. Her research interests are strongly influenced by the combination of her previous work experience in mental health, child welfare and community development alongside her commitment to promoting human rights and the participation of people in decisions that affect their lives. Gloria is involved in advisory capacities with a number of voluntary and social service agencies.
  • Hilda Loughran is an Associate Professor in Social Work/Social Policy at University College Dublin.
    Before becoming a fulltime academic she worked as a social worker in housing, a social work addiction counsellor and a relationship counsellor. During her career she has maintained her counselling social work practice through voluntary work, mostly working with service users in the substance use field. She teaches Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Work and Group work to Masters in Social Work students and is involved in participatory research with service users enhancing social work education.