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A snapshot in time: stakeholders perspectives of the Meitheal Model
McCormick, Louise
This article is an abridged version of a research dissertation, conducted in Cork during spring 2015, as part of a BSW degree at UCC. The author seeks opportunities to undertake similar research in other communities that are using a Meitheal-informed approach; the full research is available on request.The National Service Delivery Framework, a prevention, partnership and family support (PPFS) strategy, accompanied the 2014 launch of the Child and Family Agency, Tusla. As a key component of PPFS, the Meitheal Model aims to support lower priority cases through integrated community services. Despite slow implementation and no official training, some areas have been employing a Meitheal-informed approach since Tusla’s launch. This small-scale study offers a contextual snapshot of Meitheal-informed practice through the experiences of those involved; from service user to management level. A literature and policy review is followed by analysis of findings from a series of qualitative interviews. The model’s strengths and challenges relate well to comparable model evaluations. While there was overall enthusiasm for this partnership approach, several challenges exist centred around paucity of resources and training. The challenge for schools within Meitheal groupings was an unforeseen finding that could potentially be resolved via specialised training.
Keyword(s): SOCIAL WORK; COMMUNITY SERVICES; FAMILY SUPPORT; PARTNERSHIP WORKING
Publication Date:
2016
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Contributor(s): Springboard, Cork
Institution: Lenus
Publisher(s): The Irish Association of Social Workers
First Indexed: 2016-08-05 05:50:15 Last Updated: 2017-05-12 06:49:41