Joseph Mooney

Research and Evaluation Project Worker / PhD Candidate, Barnardos Ireland / UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre

Joseph Mooney is a Research and Evaluation Project Worker with Barnardos Ireland. He is also a professional qualified and CORU registered Social Worker. Joseph attained a First Class honours Master Degree in Social Work from the National University of Ireland, Galway in May 2013. Prior to this Joseph attained an honours LLB Degree in Irish Law from Griffith College Dublin (Nottingham Trent University) in 2005 and subsequently worked at Ensor O’Connor, Solicitors, one of the largest law firms in the South East of Ireland. This firm acted as Sole Agent for the Health Service Executive South Eastern Region in Child Protection, Mental Health and Employment Law. Joseph is highly active in the area of Child Protection and Welfare research. He has spent the past seven years researching the area of Irish policies concerning Retrospective Disclosures of Childhood Sexual Abuse and has presented his work to National, International and Community and Practice-Based audiences. Joseph lectures to both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students in the areas of Social Work Practice, Child Protection, Law, Human Rights and Child Sexual Abuse. Joseph is a doctoral researcher at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre under the supervision of Professor Caroline McGregor (Skehill) who is course director of the Master in Social Work program at NUI Galway and Senior Research Fellow at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre. Joseph has also worked as a Duty Social Worker with the Child and Family Agency, Tusla. Select Presentations: • International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect 14th Regional European Conference, Bucharest - September 2015 • 5th Biennial National Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference, UCC – October 2015 • 3rd Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference, NUI Galway - 10-11th March 2016 • Structured PhD in Child and Youth Research, Research Symposium – June, 2017 (First Prize for Poster Presentation in 4th Year Cohort) • 6th Biennial National Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference, UCC – October 2017 (Accepted for Presentation) • International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect 15th Regional European Conference, The Hague - September 2017 (Accepted for Presentation) Select Publications: Mooney, J. (2017): Adult disclosures of childhood sexual abuse and section 3 of the child care act 1991: past offences, current risk, Child Care in Practice, DOI: 10.1080/13575279.2017.1347145 Mooney, J. (2014). Adult disclosures of childhood sexual abuse to child protection services: Current issues in social work practice. The Irish Social Worker, Spring/Summer 2014, 9–13.


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