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Dr Joseph Mooney


Joseph Mooney

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice
01 716 8680
University College Dublin, School of Social Policy Social Work and Social Justice, Sheehy-Skeffington Building Belfield Dublin 4


Joseph is Assistant Professor of Social Work at University College Dublin and has a specific focus on child welfare and protection social work. Joseph is a professionally qualified and CORU registered Social Worker having attained a First Class honours Master Degree in Social Work from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Joseph is highly active in the area of Child Protection and Welfare research. He has spent the past nine years researching the area of Irish policies concerning Retrospective Disclosures of Childhood Sexual Abuse and presents his work to National, International and Community and Practice-Based audiences. Joseph was awarded his PhD at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre under the supervision of Professor Caroline McGregor (Skehill) and externally examined by Professor Ramona Alaggia of the University of Toronto. Joseph's research interests include disclosure of childhood trauma; child sexual abuse; child welfare and protection systems, practice, policy and law. Prior to becoming a social worker, Joseph attained an honours LLB Degree in Irish Law from Griffith College Dublin (Nottingham Trent University) and subsequently worked at Ensor O’Connor, Solicitors, one of the largest law firms in the South East of Ireland. While with this firm Joseph duties included drafting proceedings in child care and protection for the HSE including Special Care Orders, Interim Care Orders, Barring Orders and Maintenance and Access agreements. His work also included dealing first hand with many clients and respondents suffering in traumatic situations such as domestic violence, criminality, drug, alcohol and sexual abuse and child and older person neglect.


  • Editorial Board Member
    Child Care in Practice Journal, Ireland/UK22 May 2019


  • Board Member
    One in Four13 Mar 2019


  • Llb
    Griffith College Dublin IRL
  • MA
    NUI Galway IRL
  • PhD
    NUI Galway IRL