CPD Working Group


For more information on Social Care Ireland CPD contact cpd@socialcareireland.ie.

Current CPD Working Group Members


Charlotte Burke

CPD Coordinator, Social Care Ireland


Charlotte Burke was appointed as CPD Coordinator for Social Care Ireland in August 2017. Charlotte is a qualified Social Care Worker who has worked in practise and management in Disability Services for over 20 years. Charlotte holds a degree in Applied Social Studies and a Ma in Child, Family and Community Studies. She has significant interest in promoting Social Care Workers engagement in Continuing Professional Development.

Leon Ledwidge

Training Representative, National Executive, Irish Association of Social Care Workers


Leon Ledwidge is a fully qualified social care worker with an MA in Child, Family and Community Studies. Leon has worked in Tusla Child and Family Agency (formerly Children and Families in the HSE) for the last fourteen years. She has extensive experience of the residential social care area as part of the Crisis Intervention Service working with out of home young people and their families from the ages of 12 to 18 years. Prior to this she worked in family support and the disability sector.

During this work Leon has developed practice based expertise on various issues that contribute to children and their families coming into contact with services such as social work services, homeless services and mental health services. These issues include addiction, challenging behavior and issues relating to the complex area of child protection and welfare. Leon has spent the last eight years as training officer for Workforce Learning and Development as part of Tusla, where she has been involved in the design, development, delivery and evaluation of training on many varied topics such as child protection, Domestic Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Supervision.

She has been a member of the IASCW executive for five years in the role as Training, Research and Policy Rep and is the current chair of the CPD working group. In the last three years Leon has become an independent trainer and consultant in the social care sector and has both with private providers of social care services as well as various charities.

David Williams

Education Representative, National Executive, Irish Association of Social Care Workers


David has worked in the area of social care practice, management and education for the past twenty years. He currently lectures in the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences at the Dublin Institute of Technology. His research interests include foster care, working with challenging behaviour and the professionalisation of social care work.

Mark Smith

Social Care Manager, Crannog Nua, Tusla


Mark has over 27 years experience working in social care practice and management working with adolescents primarily within residential sector, both in community based, high support or detention/special care. He has also lectured on social care courses and regularly delivers papers at Conferences. His areas of interest include managing challenging behaviour, child protection, supervision, risk management, systems development and training and development.

Audrey Reddington

Social Care Worker, Enable Ireland


Audrey has experience of working in children residential services and aftercare. She also worked in disabilitiy services with adults and young people in day and respite services. She also has experience as a family support worker. Her areas of interest include domestic violence and its effects on children, disability services and high support care for young people.

Mary O’Gorman

Enable Ireland


Mary has worked with Enable Ireland for the past 2 and a half years providing respite break to children and teenagers aged between 8 – 18 years. Their mission within Enable Ireland is to work in partnership with the young people that attend the service to achieve maximum independence, choice and inclusion in the community. Mary has completed a Ordinary Degree in Applied Social Care Studies from Carlow IT in 2012, and received a distinction in Special Needs Assistarnt from Portobello College, Dublin in 2009. Mary is currently applying to undertake a Level 8 Honours Degree in Social Care. Mary has an interest in disability services, and in conducting research on Independent Living and Employment for people with disabilities and supports to promote and achieve this.

Sinead Tierney

Training & Development Manager, Crosscare


Sinead has extensive experience both as a practitioner and manager in Social Care Services. Her areas of interest include supervision, TCI, measuring outcomes, planning – using logic models, evaluations, SROI, self-care and staff support, dealing with critical incidents, Critical Incident Stress Management, peer support/peer Mentors, developing evidence base for practice.

Fiona Walsh

Social Care Educator, Irish Association of Social Care Educators


Fiona Walshe is a lecturer in the Humanities department and lectures in the area of Applied Social Studies, Disability Studies and Placement Preparation. Fiona has a Masters (research mode) from Athlone Institute of Technology and a BA (Hons) in Applied Social studies in Social Care also from AIT. She has spent nine years lecturing in Athlone Institute of Technology and worked in practice in residential care and advocacy prior to this. Fiona’s area of interest is professionalisation of social care and placements and is currently carrying out research in the area of Professionalisation and Registration of Social Care with Dublin Institute of Technology. She sits on the Placement Committee with IASCE and in AIT.

David Rose

Clinical Manager, Fresh Start


David Rose qualified and worked in the UK as a registered psychiatric nurse. Having experienced a variety of clinical specialities and time in management he moved to Ireland in 2002. He has worked for Fresh Start (a private company providing residential childcare and foster care services nationally) since 2003 and is currently employed as their Clinical Manager. During this time he as assisted in the development of its needs assessment model, placement plans and evaluation of care provided. He has also set up and coordinates a support service for staff. His primary role is to be responsible for the provision of high quality therapeutic care across its residential childcare centres and works closely with their psychiatrist/psychotherapist and other clinicians as required. David has been involved in training for many years and currently provides training and coordinates the company’s training programmes. He also provides training to other organisations from time to time. He coordinates students on work placement from various colleges to ensure they gain positive experiences with the organisation. David has an interest in training in general and is keen to see the profession of social care workers developed and be recognised.

Brian Hogan

Kevin Rehill

Fiona Murry