Mediation | Assessment | Restorative Practice | Decision-Making


About me

I trained as a Social Worker in 1991 and after many years working in health and social care agencies in Dublin and Galway, I decided to become self-employed in 2022. I am based in Kinvara, South Galway close to the Burren. I have experience working in child protection and foster care, community work, family support and intellectual disability. I have worked in the regulation of social care services with HIQA, and also as a tutor on the Social Work training course at the University of Galway. I hold two masters degrees, one in Social Work Research, and another in Health Services Management. I am registered with CORU as a Social Worker, and I am a trained mediator and a member of the Mediator Institute of Ireland (MII). I am available to undertake a variety of work on an hourly, sessional, part time or project basis. I have professional indemnity insurance cover in place.

Recent professional training:
  • Needs of Separated Children 2023
  • Decision Support Service: Training for Panel Members 2022
  • MII Code of Ethics Training 2022
  • Restorative Practices Trainers for Schools 2022
  • Family (Separating Couples) Mediation Training (Roundtable) 2022
  • Safetalk Suicide Alertness Training 2022
  • General Data Protection Regulation 2022
  • Fostering Attachments with the Traumatised Child (Five Rivers Ireland) 2021
  • Relationship based Work in Complex Settings (Ag Eisteacht) 2021
  • Mediation Training Certified Level (Consensus Mediation) 2020

Paul Tierney

Previous Employment Experience
  • Five Rivers Ireland Galway (Fostering)
  • Tusla Clare (Child Protection / Agency)
  • Health Information and Quality Authority Dublin (Regulation of disability and children's services.)
  • Ability West Galway (Intellectual Disability)
  • Health Service Executive West Galway (Family Support)
  • Eastern Health Board Dublin (Child Protection, adoption, foster care and community work)

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