Guardian ad Litem Professional Profiles
Freda McKittrick has been a Guardian ad Litem since 1997, having previously worked as a social worker and senior social worker in London. Since 2002 she has been the manager of the Barnardos service which worked with over 800 children in 2014, bringing the service from 5 practitioners in 2002 to 32 practitioners today, with a strong emphasis on child centred, quality service provision. Freda has wide experience as a Guardian ad Litem in complex child care and family law casework and has a strong interest in children’s voice, rights, participation, and the role of the Guardian ad Litem in the Irish Court System. Freda is trained in Forensic Interviewing of Children. Freda has sat as a Lay Member on Tribunals held under the Mental Health Act, she is on CORU’s preliminary complaints screening committee and in November 2016 she was appointed to the Board of the Legal Aid Board. She is a member of BAPSCAN and the IASW.
In 2012 Freda received the Canon Maurice Handy Award for contribution to the understanding of Family Relationships.
Freda has limited availability for cases in Dublin and in the South West of the country. CORU registered social worker 1958. Bachelor Social Studies, CQSW TCD 1985.
Miriam Lyne has been a Guardian ad Litem in Ireland since 2000. Based in the Cork regional office, she is Head of Service (South) and manages a team of 14 Freelance Guardians ad Litem working in the South. Miriam has wide experience as a Guardian ad Litem in complex child care and family law casework, including cases that have been protracted in the Court system. She also has experience of working with children who have been placed out of state.
Miriam qualified as a social worker in 1988. She has completed part 1 of a Higher Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Mediation training. Miriam has a particular interest in working collaboratively within the childcare system.
Prior to her work with Barnardos, Miriam practiced as a social worker for over 13 years, mainly in the areas of Child Protection and Fostering.
Miriam has limited availability for cases in Cork. CORU registered social worker 702.
Monica Hynds joined Barnardos Guardian ad Litem service in 2017. She has a range of experience in child care proceedings in the District Court. Monica has particular skill in working with children who have experienced childhood trauma and neglect.
Monica qualified as a social worker in 1996 and has wide experience in both child protection and family support social work services, and worked predominantly with families who were experiencing addiction and/or domestic violence. She has worked in practice development, and has extensive experience in audit of services, policy development, the design and delivery of training, and research. Monica is interested in ensuring that the voice of the child is heard in court proceedings.
Monica is a member of the IASW and her CORU membership number is 005289
Gina Archer has been a Guardian ad Litem with Barnardos Guardian ad Litem Service since 2011.
She qualified as a social worker in 1986 and has worked in this field for over 23 years in the areas of child protection, hospital social work and disability. Prior to joining Barnardos as a Guardian ad Litem, Gina was a principal social worker in a disability organisation and led the social work and family support team within a multidisciplinary team in promoting families’ and children’s rights to participate in all aspects of their communities.
As a Guardian ad Litem Gina has had an even greater opportunity to focus on children’s rights, particularly their right to be heard. Her experience as a Guardian ad Litem includes working with some very complex cases and with children who have experienced high levels of trauma, and where there are other issues such as mental health, disability, cultural identity and risk-taking behaviour. Her work has involved children living in their families, in foster care and in residential placements, both in Ireland and the UK, and in special care.
In order to keep up to date in current thinking and research in relevant areas such as attachment and child development, Gina has attended training given by well-respected theorists including, Patricia Crittendon, Dan Hughes, Una McCluskey, Amanda Jones, Graham Music and David Schemmings.
Gina is available to take cases in the South, South West and Mid-west areas. CORU registered social worker 4457.
Bríd Barry joined Barnardos Guardian ad Litem team in 2008. Achieving the very best outcome for children is Bríd's core principle. To this end, Bríd works diligently with statutory and multi-disciplinary teams where her role is to seek solutions to complex difficulties. Bríd provides supervision to a number of Guardians ad Litem within the Barnardos service.
Bríd's specific areas of interest include working with families with transgenerational attachment trauma, the influence of parental mental ill-health and addiction on the parent-child relationship, accessing appropriate scaffolding to best resource care placements; and sourcing long term care placements for vulnerable young adults. Over the past 5 years, Bríd has focused her ongoing training to these key areas.
Since completing a Masters Degree in Social Work in 2002, Brid has worked within the field of Child Protection and Welfare, both in Ireland and in Kenya. Bríd has worked as a supervisor of Guardian ad Litem within Barnardos since 2012.
Bríd is available for cases in Cork, Waterford, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary.
Terry Bradshaw was appointed to the Guardian ad Litem panel at Barnardos in January 2014. Since then he has worked with children of varying ages from Ireland, from a number of other countries and from different ethnic groups. He has undergone training in relation to interviewing children about traumatic events and child sexual abuse and is considered to be skilled in these areas. Terry has sizable experience working with adolescents with learning difficulties – particularly in relation to aftercare. Having acted in matters involving child sexual abuse, Terry has a particular interest in the dynamics involved in such cases.
Terry qualified as a social worker in 1997 and since then has worked in a number of social work positions in the Cork area, including as Senior Social Work Practitioner. During this time Terry worked on teams dealing with forensic interviews and assessment of allegations by children in cases of suspected child sexual abuse and training prospective foster carers in the area of child sexual abuse. He also has experience of undertaking direct work with children and adolescents at risk and with their extended families.
Terry is available to act in cases from Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary. CORU registered social worker 3052.
Claire Brogan has been a Guardian ad Litem with Barnardos since June 2013. Claire is a strong advocate for the voice of the child and since commencing as a Guardian ad Litem has worked across the country representing children's views and wishes to the court. She has worked with a number of sibling groups and has a proven skill in working with adolescents with behavioural problems.
Claire has worked with vulnerable children in other area of social care for the past 20 years. She worked as a social worker and a team leader for 7 years from 2006. She has always had an interest in the law and how this can work in the best interest of children in the care of the state. Claire completed a Masters in Social Work (University of Edinburgh) in 2006 and has attended training with NAGALRO on “Communicating with Children” and also module 1 with the Anna Freud Centre - infant mental health.
Claire is available to take cases in Dublin and surrounding areas. CORU registered social worker 5854.
Breda has been a Guardian ad Litem with Barnardos since June 2006. She has provided courts throughout Ireland with reports representing the voice of children in all types of child care proceedings. She has a keen interest in the area of contact / access between children and their families and her approach to practice is to work collaboratively while managing her independence. Breda provides supervision to a number of Guardians ad Litem within the Barnardos service.
Having qualified as a social worker in 1999, Breda has 8 years post qualifying practice experience in child protection and welfare. She has worked directly with children and families for almost 20 years in many areas of social work, including family Support, Addiction, Child Protection & Welfare and Probation as well as families involved in the Special Care process. Her experience is both academic and practical.
Breda has also worked as a part time tutor and lecturer with the Department of Social Studies at UCC, Cork. She values ongoing training and education in all areas of social work practice and makes it a priority to remain current with research.
She is available to act in cases nationwide. CORU registered social worker 3537.
Caroline Burke joined the Barnardos Guardian ad Litem team in 2017. Caroline has extensive court experience in District, Circuit and High Courts. As well as particular expertise in Child Protection & Welfare Services, Caroline has extensive Court experience having dealt with and managed complex and protracted Court applications. Caroline managed a team of Social Workers for 7 years both Children in Care Teams and Fostering Teams. Through her experience in Advocacy and Disability Support, Caroline advocated on behalf of persons with intellectual disabilities for 2 years. Additional duties included court support work, project development and promoting advocacy. Caroline was also a disability support worker with the Autism Association of New South Wales, Australia. Caroline managed and co-ordinated a domestic violence service for women and children which included an accommodation service and an indigenous outreach service.
Caroline is available to take cases in the South, South West and Mid-west areas. Registered social worker SW2531. Her email address is email@example.com
Catherine Curran has been a Guardian ad Litem since 2012. She has over 30 years of experience working with children in care, their families and related proceedings. Catherine has worked in the District and High Courts on a broad range of cases and has much experience working with teenagers who are at high risk. Given her wide-ranging involvement with children and their families, Catherine has the ability to adapt her work to confront presenting difficulties / problems and to agree solutions. Catherine has been a Social Work Tutor at TCD since2003. She considers this keeps her updated on new methods of work.
Catherine has a Masters in Social Work (UCD, 1993) and a Masters in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (UCD, 2010). She is a member of APPI (Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists).
She is available to act in cases in the Dublin, Midlands and South-east regions. CORU registered social worker 3314.
Cathy Donnelly has been a Guardian ad Litem in the UK and Ireland since 1997. She has worked with the Barnardos Guardian ad Litem Service since 2011 and has been appointed to public and private law cases before the District Courts and Circuit Courts. Her key interests include (i) ensuring that the voice of each child is heard, (ii) ensuring children are facilitated to participate in proceedings and (iii) developing and implementing child-centred care planning and contact arrangements. She is an experienced advocate for young people and adults whose children are subject of care proceedings.
Cathy qualified as a social worker in 1986 (CQSW) and has worked across community and hospital settings in various programmes of care including Family & Child Care, Learning Disability, and Physical Health and Disability. She is trained in Forensic Interviewing of Children, holds a postgraduate diploma in Forensic Child Psychology and, currently, is undertaking research into the factors which influence decision making about contact arrangements for children in long-term foster care.
Cathy is available for cases in the Eastern and Northern regions. She is a member of BASW and is registered with NISCC and with CORU – registered social worker 3281.
Sharon Doyle has been a Guardian ad Litem with Barnardos since January 2013. She has experience in working on complex child care cases including working with children who have been victims of multifaceted abuse, children with disabilities and children from minority groups in Ireland. She works with children and families in both Child Care and Private Family Law matters.
Prior to becoming a Guardian ad Litem, Sharon worked as a Social Worker in Child Protection & Welfare, Family Welfare Conference Coordinator with Barnardos and as a Residential Childcare Worker with young people with complex needs.
Sharon has a Masters in Social Work (2006) & Diploma in Family Law (2008). As a result of her interest in promoting children's rights and their participation in decision making forums that directly affect them, she has completed training in Mediation, ITSIEY Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (Anna Freud Centre, London) and technology based direct work tools with children subject to court proceedings.
She is available for cases in Dublin and surrounding counties. CORU Registered Social Worker 3125.
Eilish Forrest was appointed Guardian ad Litem with Barnardos in 2011. Since then she has worked with children from infancy to adolescence. Eilish has gained expertise in the areas of Child Sexual Abuse, Childhood Trauma and Infant Mental Health and her caseload has included a placement abroad.
Eilish completed a Masters of Social Work in 2000 and has over 11 years practice in the field of child protection with specific experience in child abuse & neglect, domestic violence, substance abuse and child trafficking. She has worked as a part-time lecturer and tutor on the Masters of Social Work programme at University College, Cork. Eilish is committed to promoting the best interest of the child within the court context. She avails of regular training in Ireland and in England to inform her practice in child care matters relevant to her case work.
Eilish is available for cases in Cork city and county, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford. CORU registered social worker 4457.
Grainne Grennan has been a Guardian ad Litem with Barnardos since 2005. She has particular expertise in working with cases involving complex non-accidental injury, child abuse and neglect, children with disabilities as well as adolescents presenting with mental health/behaviour/addiction issues, including those placed abroad. She also has worked with families from Eastern Europe and from West Africa.
Gráinne qualified as a social worker in 1992 and prior to her position with Barnardos she worked as a social worker and team leader in Donegal and in Dublin. During this time she specialised in the areas of Child Protection, Family Risk Assessments, Assessment of adoptive and foster carers and Children in long-term care. She worked as a practice teacher for social work students over ten years. Gráinne was involved in a specialist team set up to investigate institutional abuse over a one-year period and she provided reports for the Family Law Assessor Service from 2008 until 2011.
Gráinne is available to act in Dublin and surrounding counties. CORU registered social worker 3471.
Yvonne Guerin joined Barnardos Guardian ad Litem Service in 2017. She has extensive court experience in District, Circuit and High Courts. Yvonne has particular skill in working with children who have experienced attachment difficulties or who have experienced childhood trauma and neglect. She has developed considerable expertise in working with children and adolescents with behavioural difficulties and addiction issues.
Yvonne qualified as a social worker in 2000 and has worked in various settings including Child Protection and Welfare Services, Children In Care and Fostering Services and Non-Irish National Children and Families. She completed a Masters in Social Science (Social Work) in 2005 when she completed her final year dissertation on the area of mental health and involuntary detention.
Yvonne is available for cases in Dublin and Leinster area. Her CORU registration number is SW6054.
Bill Hamill was appointed as Guardian ad Litem with Barnardos in October 2015. He comes to the post with particular expertise in a variety of areas including Child Protection and Welfare, Children in Care, Fostering Services, Youth Services, Family Law and Community Development.
Bill qualified as a social worker in 1992 and, before his appointment as Guardian ad Litem, worked as a social worker with HSE / Child and Family Agency – including at Principal Social Worker level. He worked on a number of different teams including Child Protection and Welfare, Aftercare and Youth Homelessness.
Bill is available for cases in the South and South West. CORU registered social worker 4151.
David Hartley has practiced as a Guardian ad Litem with Barnardos since 2011. David has experience of working with children who present challenging and complex behaviour. He has worked with many children in special care environments and secure settings overseas. In his work, David places an emphasis on collaborative working and he takes an inclusive approach regarding multi-disciplinary practice. David strives to ensure children's rights are protected and their voices heard. David has experience of working in the District Court and the High Court. He has acted as Guardian ad Litem for children in care of the Child and Family Agency and for children in private family law proceedings. David has delivered training on behalf of Barnardos regarding child care legislation and the court process. David sits as a Lay Member on Mental Health Tribunals.
David qualified as a social worker in 2001 and, prior to his work as a Guardian ad Litem, he worked as a social worker and social work team leader in Dublin inner city for over 8 years.
David is available to act as Guardian ad Litem for cases in Dublin and surrounding areas. CORU registered social worker 3255.
Maura Lagan has acted as a Guardian ad Litem with Barnardos since January 2004. She has worked in the District, Circuit and High Courts and her areas of expertise include Child Protection, Attachment and Risk Assessment. She has worked with children ranging from infancy to those placed in Special Care. She has worked with many children placed outside the jurisdiction including Boystown, Nebraska.
Since qualifying as a social worker in 1997 Maura has held a variety of positions, both in Ireland and in England, including Fostering Team Leader and Children and Families Social Worker. In 1988 Maura co-founded the Breslaff Centre, a residential family assessment centre in Lambeth, England. From 2008 until 2011 Maura provided reports for the Family Law Assessor Service.
Maura main areas of work are in Dublin and surrounding counties. CORU registered social worker 3813.
Con Lynch has been a Guardian ad litem since 2013 and has experience across Courts in the Munster area. He has worked with a wide range of cases including Special Care; intellectual disability; autism; attachment difficulties; challenging behaviour; complex psychological needs; problematic sexual behaviour; mental health and addiction problems. Con is committed to collaborative working in order to promote the best interests of children. He also holds the role of Development Specialist with Barnardos Guardian ad Litem Service, for the purpose of supporting practice.
Con qualified as a social worker in 1990. He has previously worked for 22 years as a Social Worker, Principal Social Worker and National Project Specialist in HSE Children and Family Services.
Con is available for cases in the in the South West. CORU registered social worker 1378.
Ruth More O’Ferrall
Ruth More O'Ferrall was appointed as Guardian ad Litem with Barnardos in 2007. Since that time she has been appointed to children from birth to adulthood as well as vulnerable adults, who are the subject of District, Circuit, High and Supreme Court proceedings, in both public and private law cases and a number of cases in the Central Criminal Court. Ruth has a particular interest in working with children who have experienced trauma; aiding their recovery through careful care and care planning. Her area of special interest is undertaking direct work with children and has developed a number of tools specific to the role of Guardian ad Litem.
Ruth qualified as a social worker in 1998 and has worked in the area of child protection and welfare since 1996 both in Ireland and in England. Ruth is trained in the Tony Morrison Supervision method and provides supervision to a number of Guardians ad Litem within the Barnardos service. She has completed a post graduate diploma in Child Forensic Psychology and Law, trained in Memorandum Interviewing, completed Dan Hughes' DDP level 1 and undertaken the Child Attachment Interview training with the Anna Freud Centre. She worked as part of a joint investigations team in England and in a specialist sexual abuse assessment service in Ireland. Ruth runs training workshops for colleagues within the Barnardos team and outside the service. She provides supervision to a number of Guardians ad Litem within Barnardos Service. From 2008 until 2011 Ruth provided reports for the Family Law Assessor Service.
Ruth is available for cases in Dublin and in surrounding counties. CORU registered social worker 3535.
Terry McCauley has been a Guardian ad Litem with Barnardos since 2003. During these years Terry has gained extensive experience in child care and family law casework. She has particular expertise working with young people subject to Special Care Orders ensuring that the voices of these young people are heard in their Court proceedings, and has worked with children with complex mental health needs placed abroad. Terry has also worked extensively with sibling groups in care. She has a particular interest in the impact of trauma and attachment disruption on children and young people in care.
Terry qualified as a social worker in 1981 and she worked as a social worker for over 20 years in the HSE (Tusla) where her duties included assessing foster carers, training work colleagues and completing Section 20 reports for court.
Terry is available for cases in the South and South-West areas. CORU registered social worker 3319.
Theresa McDonagh was appointed as a Guardian ad Litem with Barnardos in 2011. Since then she has gained considerable experience working with both children and adolescents, many of whom have very complex presentations or have complex family circumstances. Theresa has a special interest in working with children with disabilities or those who present with behaviours that are challenging for those who care for them.
Theresa is a qualified social worker since 1992 and has over 20 years’ experience working in social work settings in Ireland and in England. She has working in statutory Child Protection services for almost 10 years; has worked in Disability Services within the Health Service Executive (Tusla) and has experience of managing social work teams in both settings. She has extensive experience of negotiating and planning innovative and individualised models of service with service providers in disability services. Theresa has been involved in a number of Independent Reviews / Investigations and is an accredited Child Protection Trainer with Barnardos and Adult Protection Trainer in Disability Services.
Theresa is available for cases in Tipperary. Carlow, Waterford and Wexford. CORU registered social worker 8616.
Raymond has been a Guardian ad Litem with Barnardos since July 2003. He has wide-ranging experience working with children and families, particularly in the areas of Mental Health and Disabilities. He displays finely-tuned report writing skills and is fully committed to the child being at the centre of his work, particularly in relation to court proceedings. He works collaboratively with family and all agencies involved in the life of the child.
Raymond qualified as a social worker in 1987 and, prior to his appointment as a Guardian ad Litem, he worked on a variety of teams including Family & Child Care, Community Mental Health and Community Care.
Raymond is available for cases in Dublin and North-Eastern counties. CORU registered social worker 5357.
Diane McHugh has been a Guardian ad Litem since 2011 where she has worked in the areas of Child Care and Family Law. She has a strong interest in representing the voice of the child and working in collaboration with children’s parents and relevant professionals.
Diane qualified as a social worker in 1986 and completed an MA in Healthcare Management in 2000. Prior to working with Barnardos Diane spend over 25 years working within the HSE Children and Families – including at senior management level – where she developed a particular interest in working with separated children seeking asylum. Diane’s areas of expertise include assessment of risk and assessment of attachment and she values working with a multi-agency / multi-disciplinary approach.
Diane works in the East and South- East regions. CORU registered social worker 3303.
Tina O Brien has worked as a Guardian ad Litem with Barnardos since 2010. Tina is particularly interested in different ways to help children to express their wishes and feelings, and ensuring that children who have experienced abuse get the right supports to assist them in coping with their difficulties.
Tina qualified as a social worker in 1999 has worked in many areas of social work including child protection, children in care, fostering and supporting families experiencing domestic violence. Tina qualified as a counsellor and child psychotherapist and has worked with parents and children and community groups in private practice for eight years. Trainings attended by Tina include supplementary training in attachment, trauma and developmental trauma, the neuroscience of child development, access and contact issues and CARE Index (attachment training) for children up to fifteen months.
Tina is available for cases in the South and Mid-West areas. CORU registered social worker 3153.
Claire O’Connor has been working as a Guardian ad Litem with the Beacon Guardian ad Litem Service since 2009. Claire has wide-ranging experience as a Guardian ad Litem in complex child care and family law casework, including work with special care cases, addiction, neglect, high risk cases and children with complex special needs. She was involved in the drafting of the Practice Manual for Guardians ad Litem with the Barnardos Service.
For over 7 years, Claire worked as a social worker in a variety of settings – including Manager of RACS (Risk Assessment and Consultation Service) and as part of a Child Protection Team. She completed a Masters in Social Work in 2002 and, in 2009, completed a Postgrad Diploma in Mental Health at TCD.
Claire is available to take cases in Dublin and its surrounding areas. CORU registered social worker 3278.
Katherine O'Daly has worked as a Guardian ad Litem over the past 20 years, initially with the first ISPCC panel of Guardians ad Litem from 1995 and subsequently with the Barnardos Guardian ad Litem Service since 2009 in both District and High Court proceedings.
Katherine has 25 years experience working with children and families in a range of community-based and therapeutic settings including as Manager of the Barnardos Bereavement Service for Children from 2003 to 2009. Prior to that, for 5 years, Katherine managed the CARI Foundation Eastern Region Therapy Services for children and families affected by child sexual abuse. This experience has assisted her work as a Guardian ad Litem in cases involving traumatic death, bereavement and abuse. Katherine’s training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy has enhanced her interest, skills and experience in the area of infant and early childhood development, attachment and assessment and support of child-parent relationships. She also has interest and experience of working with non-Irish national children and their families.
Katherine is a Psychologist with a M.A. in Psychology (Clinical Specialisation) from UCD and a M.Sc. in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from TCD. She is available to act in cases in Dublin, Midlands and South Eastern counties.
Since being appointed as a Guardian ad Litem in May 2014, Suzanne has gained experience of working with children and young people who have learning disabilities, are on the Autistic Spectrum, are placed in residential care and ranging from 0-18 years and beyond. She has extensive experience of working in the area of Child Care Law in the Irish Court System. Suzanne has a particular interest in supporting and advocating for children and young people in the care system.
Suzanne holds a Masters Degree in Social Work (UCC, 2003) and, previous to her work as a Guardian ad Litem, she worked as a Social Worker in the area of Child Protection and Welfare for eleven years where she was involved in assessing needs, evaluating risks, supporting children and families and engaging in direct work with children and young people.
Suzanne works in the West and Mid-West regions. CORU registered social worked 3028.
Diane O’Rourke was appointed as Guardian ad Litem with Barnardos Service in October 2015. Prior to this she worked for over 9 years with HSE / Child and Family Agency in a variety of areas including Child Protection and Welfare Services, Children In Care and Fostering Services; Child Abuse and Neglect cases, Non-Irish National Children and Families; Children and Adolescents with behavioural difficulties and addiction issues.
Diane qualified as a social worker in 2006 and also holds a Diploma in Montessori Teaching.
She is available for cases in the South East area. CORU registered social worker 3064.
Caroline Shore has been a Guardian ad Litem with Barnardos since 2007. She has a range of experiences in complex child care proceedings, including working with children with intellectual and communication difficulties, non-Irish national and separated children where citizenship is at issue. She also has experience in High Court matters relating to children in Special Care.
Caroline qualified as a social worker in 1996 and her professional background is in child protection social work, working in both the Western and Southern regions of the HSE as a social worker and senior social work practitioner. Since 2006 Caroline has been employed as a college lecturer and year coordinator on the Masters of Social Work programme in University College Cork, specialising in the teaching of child protection and welfare and cultural competence. She is a member of a European research network looking at socio- legal decision making in respect of children. She is also a member of the UCC Child Care Proceedings Research Group, and she is published in this area. Caroline is an independent member of the Cork Foster Care Committee.
Caroline has limited availability for cases in Cork. CORU registered social worker 3270.
Monica Smart has been working as a Guardian ad Litem with Barnardos Service since 2013. She has acted on behalf of children and adolescents in both the District and High Courts and has gained experience in a range of areas including attachment difficulties, challenging behaviours and aftercare issues. Monica is skilled in dealing with complex and conflictual cases.
Monica holds a Masters Degree in Social Work (1996, UCC) and has over 13 years experience of working in the field in both Ireland and England. She has practiced in all aspects of child protection work, including risk assessments, Court Reports, applications for Care Orders. Monica has also worked as a hospital social worker.
She is available for cases in Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary. CORU registered social worker 11710.
Mary Tiernan has been a Guardian ad Litem with Barnardos since 2010. Mary’s experience as a Guardian ad Litem is comprehensive and she has represented children in a range of complex childcare and family law cases at District, Circuit and High Court level. She has particular expertise in relation to children with mental health difficulties who are the subject of special care applications and also placed outside the jurisdiction. She has worked extensively with children in long term care who have experienced placement breakdown and who have complex needs arising from experiences of trauma and disrupted attachment. Mary also has experience working with the Muslim community and with cultural mediators.
Mary qualified as a social worker in 1994 and, prior to her work with Barnardos, worked for 15 years as a Social Worker and Social Work Team Leader in Ireland, Northern Ireland and England.
Mary works with cases in Dublin and the North East. CORU registered social worker 3375.
Pauline Underwood has been a Guardian ad Litem since 2005 and joined Barnardos Service in 2008. She has wide experience as Guardian ad Litem in complex family law cases in the District, Circuit and High Courts including out of state placements (UK and Sweden), secure care, children detained under the Mental Health Act, Asylum Seekers and unaccompanied minors. Pauline has also attended the European Court of Justice as a Guardian ad Litem and has been appointed as 'Legitimus Contradictor' to a young adult in the context of High Court proceedings. Pauline provides supervision to a number of Guardians ad Litem within the Barnardos service.
Pauline is a professionally qualified Social Worker with over 15 years experience of Child Protection as a Social Worker, Social Work Team Leader and Principal Social Worker - including chair of child protection case conferences and fostering panels. She qualified as a social worker in 1989 and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Welfare at TCD (1999). She has also completed Level One training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), a psychological treatment for vulnerable children with trauma and attachment difficulties and their families.
Pauline is available for cases in Dublin and surrounding counties. CORU registered social worker 3554.