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Dr. Danielle  Douglas

Title:

Lecturer in Social Care, Year 1 Tutor BA in Applied Social Care

School/ Department:

School of Humanities - Social Care and Early Childhood

Telephone:

+353 0 051 - 845677

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C210 Convent Building

Campus:

College Street

OrcID Number:

0000-0001-9333-9924

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My Biography

Dr Danielle Douglas has been a Lecturer in Social Care in the School of Humanities in Waterford Institute of Technology since 2008. She holds a BA in Applied Social Studies from WIT, an MA by Research (focus on resilience, outcomes and foster care) from WIT, and a PhD in Children and Youth Studies (focus on identities and socio-spatial influences) from UCD. Her research interests include vulnerable children and young people and their families, children's geographies, identity and selfhood. Her research has included a diverse range of creative methodologies including photomethodology and narrative inquiry. Danielle has experience as a relative foster carer and has facilitated training to foster carers, social workers, care-experienced young people and other stakeholders at national and international level. She was elected as the youngest and first care-experienced President of the International Foster Care Organisation in 2017 and held the role for three years. She was co-host of their 2014 international conference. She was also a core group founding member of Power4Youth, a European peer support network for care experienced young people. She has been a member of quality assurance committees for the assessment of foster carers for various organisations in Ireland. She has been a member of Tusla's Research Advisory Group since 2016.

Research

Publications:

Douglas, D. (2021). Domain 1: Standard of Proficiency 22. In D. Lyons & T. Brown (Eds.), Guide to the Standards of Proficiency for Social Care Workers (pp. 189-199). https://socialcareireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Guide-to-Domain01v3.pdf

Douglas, D. (2021).  Everyday Worlds in Foster Care: Exploring Children and Young People's Socio-Spatial Experiences and Identities [Unpublished doctoral dissertation]. University College Dublin.

Douglas, D. (2016) 'Access to Child Friendly Justice: The case of Alternative Care', in 'Access to Justice for Vulnerable Children', Conference Proceedings.

Douglas, D., (2015), ‘Fostering Resilience: An exploration of the link between resilience, outcomes and foster care in Ireland’, in Dougas, D and Kennedy, J.A (Eds) Ensuring the Rights of the Child and Family Based Services, Conference Proceedings

Douglas, D., (2012), ‘Fostering Resilience: An exploration of the link between resilience, outcomes and foster care in Ireland’, in Department of Children and Youth Affairs Scholarship Programme Research Briefing No. 18.

Coady, D., (2009), ‘Identity Issues in Foster Care’, in Irish Foster Care Association Newletter, Spring 2009: 12-14.

Conference Papers:

Douglas, D. (2018) 'Including the voice of service users in the decision making process', paper presented at Tusla Foster Care Committee Recognition Event, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

Douglas, D. (2016) 'Access to Child Friendly Justice: The case of Alternative Care', paper presented at the 2nd National Conference on Child Wellbeing:'Access to Justice for Vulnerable Children', Malta, Oct. 21-22.

Douglas, D. (2015) ‘Kaleidoscope Identity; Listening to children’s stories of their experiences and interactions in foster care’ paper presented atthe International Foster Care Organisation's International Conference in Sydney, Australia, November 8-11.

Douglas, D. (2014),'Identity and Interactions in Foster Care' paper presented at 3rd International Conference of the International Childhood and Youth Research Network,  European University Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus   

Douglas, D. (2013), 'Listening to and learning from Care Leavers in Ireland' paper presented at Adoption Authority Ireland Annual Conference, Dublin.

Douglas, D. (2012), 'Listening to Children's Voices' paper presented at Eurochilds Annual Conference for children without parental care, Bulgaria.

Douglas, D. (2011),' Fostering Resilience: An exploration of the link between resilience, outcomes and foster care in Ireland’ paper presented at the Irish Foster Care Association's National Conference, Kildare, November.

Coady, D., Thorson, M., Matanovic, D., (2010a), ‘A discussion on the Quality4Children standards and how they impact on all aspects of care’, paper co-presented at Eurochild’s Member Exchange Seminar on Children without Parental Care, Prague: 23rd-24th  June.

Coady, D., (2010), ‘Rights of Children leaving Alternative Care’, paper presented at SOS Children’s Villages Leaving Care Conference, Prague: 25th -26th June.

Coady, D., (2009), ‘A Journey through Foster Care’, plenary presented at the International Foster Care Organisation’s International Conference, Dublin: June 11th-15th.

Coady, D., (2008a), ‘Factors of Resilience for children in foster care – A teenage perspective’ paper presented on the youth programme at ‘Reaching out does make a difference’, IFCA Annual Conference , Meath: 7th – 9th November.

Coady, D., (2008), ‘Factors of Resilience for children in foster care – An adult perspective’ paper presented on the adult programme at the Irish Foster Care Association’s Annual Conference , Meath: 7th- 9th November.

Coady, D., Keating, F., (2007c), ‘Fostering Resilience: A discussion of the importance of resilience in effecting positive outcomes. A comparative analysis of trans European foster care systems’, paper co-presented at the International Foster Care Organisations’s European Conference, Malta: 27th-30th November.

Coady, D., (2007b), ‘Identity Issues’, paper presented on the youth programme at the Irish Foster Care Association’s Annual Conference, Carlow: 5th-7th November.

Coady, D., (2007a), ‘An Insider’s Story’, paper presented on the adult programme at the Irish Foster Care Association’s Annual Conference, Carlow: 5th-7th November.

Teaching

Lecturer in Social Care at WIT since 2008. Modules taught include:

  • Personal and Professional Development (PPD),
  • Introduction  to Social Care Practice
  • Vulnerable Youth in Contemporary Ireland
  • Applied Creativity
  • Alternative Care Pathway
  • Sociology
  • Communication
  • Placement Lecturer
  • Thesis Supervisor
  • Year Tutor

Awarded the National Forum Teaching Hero 2021 Award Digital Badge organised by the National Forum in collaboration with the Union of Students in Ireland.

Currently undertaking the Digital Badge for Universal Design in Teaching and Learning.

Professional

  • 2017-2020 President of the International Foster Care Organisation.

    Management oversight and reporting of secretariat / CEO to the board, in consultation with board

  • Manage communication and report to the board minimum quarterlyManagement committee (convene and report to board)

  • Lead process for strategic direction and oversee implementation
    Prepare with admin secretary agenda for all board and AGM meetings
    Legal signatory to charity commission
    Oversight conference preparation (work with board to appoint liaison for each conference
    Approve all financial expenses within board-approved budget
    Formal / informal representative of organization (travel)
    Appoint duties to others as needed

  • Oversight of strategic communication

  • 2007-present: Foster Care Trainer for various private and public agencies.
  • 2007-present: She works as a free-lance youth advocacy and engagement officer with international groups and has facilitated training for care leavers in Ireland, Bulgaria, Holland, Ukraineand Czech Republic.
  • 2006-2010: Relative Foster Carer
  • 2007-2009:CHART, Support Centre for Students with Disabilities, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford - Assisting students with disabilities in developing the key skills and learning strategies to cope with the educational demands of higher education
  • 2006-2008: Waterford Young Traveller Training Programme, Support Worker