Dr Carmel Devaney

BA, MA. PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer Above The Bar
Political Science & Sociology
NUI Galway

T: Ext. 5733
E: carmel.devaney@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Carmel is a Lecturer and Course Director of the Master Degree in Family Support Studies in the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, School of Political Science and Sociology, at NUI Galway.

Carmel is Principal Investigator on a number of research and evaluation projects under the Partnership, Prevention and Family Support programme for Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, (previously the HSE). In recent years, Carmel has been lead researcher on a number of projects for Tusla and has designed and delivered a number of Family Support training initiatives for managers and practitioners.

Carmel has also worked for many years in children and family services as both a practitioner and manager. Carmel’s recent publications and conference presentations are in the area of Family Support, child welfare and protection, and wellbeing.
Carmel holds a BA in Social Studies (DIT), an MA in Family Support Studies (NUI Galway), and a PhD (NUI, Galway).

Research Interests

 Research interests include:

Family Support as an approach to working with children and families, child protection and welfare, children and families service provision and its impact, practitioners in social care and social work, pre-service and in-service training and Adult education and learning.   

Carmel is also interested in service development and  design in services for children, young people and parents,

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Interfacing informal and formal help systems: Historical Pathways to the Meitheal model'
Cassidy, A, Devaney, C., McGregor, C and Landy, F (2016) 'Interfacing informal and formal help systems: Historical Pathways to the Meitheal model'. Administration, [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Supporting incarcerated mothers in Ireland with their familial relationships; a case for the revival of the social work role'
O'Malley, S. Devaney, C., (2016) 'Supporting incarcerated mothers in Ireland with their familial relationships; a case for the revival of the social work role'. Probation Journal, [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'The ethics of randomized controlled trials in social settings: can social trials be scientifically promising and must there be equipoise?'
Fives, A,Russell, DW,Canavan, J,Lyons, R,Eaton, P,Devaney, C,Kearns, N,O'Brien, A (2015) 'The ethics of randomized controlled trials in social settings: can social trials be scientifically promising and must there be equipoise?'. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 38 :56-71 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Voice and Meaning: The Wisdom of Family Support Veterans'
Devaney, C. and Dolan, P. (2014) 'Voice and Meaning: The Wisdom of Family Support Veterans'. Child And Family Social Work, [Details]
(2015) 'Recruiting and Retaining Older Adult Volunteers: Implications for Practice'
Devaney, C,Kearns, N,Fives, A,Canavan, J,Lyons, R,Eaton, P (2015) 'Recruiting and Retaining Older Adult Volunteers: Implications for Practice'. Journal Of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing, 27 :331-350 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) ''A Review of Children First and Keeping Safe Training in Ireland: Implications for the Future''
Devaney C & McGregor C (2015) ''A Review of Children First and Keeping Safe Training in Ireland: Implications for the Future''. Child Care In Practice, [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Maintaining the mother-child relationship within the Irish prison system: the practitioner perspective'
Sinead O Malley , Carmel Devaney (2015) 'Maintaining the mother-child relationship within the Irish prison system: the practitioner perspective'. Child Care In Practice, [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'The value of Family Welfare Conferencing within the child protection and welfare system'
Paul Byrne and Carmel Devaney (2015) 'The value of Family Welfare Conferencing within the child protection and welfare system'. Child Care In Practice, [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'The ethics of Randomized Controlled Trials in social settings: Can social trials be scientifically promising and must there be equipoise?'
Fives, A., Russell, D., Kearns, N., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., Canavan, J., Devaney, C. (2014) 'The ethics of Randomized Controlled Trials in social settings: Can social trials be scientifically promising and must there be equipoise?'. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 38 (1):56-71 [Details]
(2014) 'The association between academic self-beliefs and reading achievement for children experiencing delays in reading'
Fives, A., Russell, D., Kearns, N., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., Canavan, J., Devaney, C., O’Brien, A. (2014) 'The association between academic self-beliefs and reading achievement for children experiencing delays in reading'. Journal of Research in Reading, [Details]
(2014) 'The association between academic self-beliefs and reading achievement among children at risk for reading failure'
Fives, A., Russell, D., Kearns, N., Lyons, R., eaton, P., Canavan, P., Devaney, C., & O'Brien, A. (2014) 'The association between academic self-beliefs and reading achievement among children at risk for reading failure'. Journal of Research in Reading, 37 :215-232 [Details]
(2014) 'Enhancing Family Support in Practice through Postgraduate Education'
Devaney, C. (2014) 'Enhancing Family Support in Practice through Postgraduate Education'. Social Work Education, [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'A one-to-one programme for at-risk readers delivered by older adult volunteers'
Fives, A., Russell, D., Kearns, N., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., Canavan, J., Devaney, C., & O’Brien, A. (2013) 'A one-to-one programme for at-risk readers delivered by older adult volunteers'. Review of Education, 1 (3) [Details]
(2013) 'Exploring the utility of the Simple View of Reading in Irish children attending schools in areas designated as socially disadvantaged'
Lyons, R., Fives, A., Kearns, N., Devaney, C., Canavan, J., Eaton, P. (2013) 'Exploring the utility of the Simple View of Reading in Irish children attending schools in areas designated as socially disadvantaged'. Journal Education And Training, 1 (1):204-220 [Details]
(2013) '‘The role of random allocation in Randomized Controlled Trials: Distinguishing selection bias from baseline imbalance''
Fives, A., Russell, D., Kearns, N., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., Canavan, J., Devaney, C., O’Brien, A. (2013) '‘The role of random allocation in Randomized Controlled Trials: Distinguishing selection bias from baseline imbalance''. Journal of MultiDisciplinary Education, 9 (20):33-42 [Details]
(2010) 'Family Support Services'
Devaney, C., Kearns, N. (2010) 'Family Support Services'. Administration, 58 (2) [Details]
(2010) 'Family Support and Child Protection: Natural Bedfellows'
Devaney, C., Smith, M. (2010) 'Family Support and Child Protection: Natural Bedfellows'. Practice, 22 (2):103-114 [Details]
(2010) 'Family Support Now: Reflecting on Contemporary Challenges'
Devaney, C., Kearns, N. (2010) 'Family Support Now: Reflecting on Contemporary Challenges'. Administration, 58 (2):1-14 [Details]
(2006) 'Postvention: A Community-based Family Support Initiative and Model of Responding to Tragic Events, Including Suicide'
Devaney, C and Forde, S (2006) 'Postvention: A Community-based Family Support Initiative and Model of Responding to Tragic Events, Including Suicide'. Child Care In Practice, 12 (1):53-61 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2011) Family Support as an Approach to Working with Children and Families. An Explorative Study of Past and Present Perspectives among Pioneers and Practitioners.
Devaney, C (2011) Family Support as an Approach to Working with Children and Families. An Explorative Study of Past and Present Perspectives among Pioneers and Practitioners. Germany: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Promoting children’s welfare through Family Support'
Devaney, C (2016) 'Promoting children’s welfare through Family Support' In: A Global Reader in Child Welfare. London: Routledge. [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2016) Hoping for a Better Tomorrow A process study evaluation of the Greater Tomorrow Creche and Ballyhaunis Preschool Services, Ballyhaunis, Mayo.
Moran, L., Garrity, S., Mc Gregor, C., and Devaney, C., (2016) Hoping for a Better Tomorrow A process study evaluation of the Greater Tomorrow Creche and Ballyhaunis Preschool Services, Ballyhaunis, Mayo. Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, Dublin. [Details]
(2016) Practitioner Guide to Literature Review on Permanence and Stability for Children in Care.
Moran, L., Mc Gregor, C., and Devaney, C., (2016) Practitioner Guide to Literature Review on Permanence and Stability for Children in Care. Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, Dublin. [Details]
(2016) Literature Review Permanence and Stability for Children in Care.
Moran, L., Mc Gregor, C., and Devaney, C., (2016) Literature Review Permanence and Stability for Children in Care. Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, Dublin. [Details]
(2016) Hoping for a Better Tomorrow A process study evaluation of the Greater Tomorrow Creche and Ballyhaunis Preschool Services, Ballyhaunis, Mayo. Summary Report.
Moran, L., Garrity, S., Mc Gregor, C., and Devaney, C., (2016) Hoping for a Better Tomorrow A process study evaluation of the Greater Tomorrow Creche and Ballyhaunis Preschool Services, Ballyhaunis, Mayo. Summary Report. Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, Dublin. [Details]
(2015) Toward the development of a Participation Strategy for children and young people.
Kennan, D., Redmond, S., Devaney, C., Landy, F and Canavan, J. (2015) Toward the development of a Participation Strategy for children and young people. Child and Family Agency, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) A National Review of Children First and Keeping Safe Training in HSE Children and Families Services.
Devaney, C. and Mc Gregor, C (2014) A National Review of Children First and Keeping Safe Training in HSE Children and Families Services. Child and Family Agency, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) Review of the Children First Basic Level Training and Keeping Safe Training Programmes.
Devaney C & McGregor C (2014) Review of the Children First Basic Level Training and Keeping Safe Training Programmes. TUSLA, Dublin Ireland. [Details]
(2013) What Works in Family Support?.
Devaney, C., Canavan. J., Landy, F. & Gillen, A. (2013) What Works in Family Support?. Child and Family Agency, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Barnardos’ Wizards of Words Reading Programme.
Fives, A., Kearns, N., Devaney, C., Canavan, J., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., O’Brien, A., Russell, D.W. (2013) Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Barnardos’ Wizards of Words Reading Programme. Barnardos, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) An Evaluation of the Implementation of the Induction of Social Workers: A Policy and Guidelines for Children and Families Social Services.
Devaney, C (2013) An Evaluation of the Implementation of the Induction of Social Workers: A Policy and Guidelines for Children and Families Social Services. Child and Family Agency, Dublin. [Details]
(2013) Longitudinal study of children who leave care.
Devaney, C (2013) Longitudinal study of children who leave care. Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) 50 Key Messages to Accompany Investing in Families: Supporting Parents to Improve outcomes for Children.
Gillen, A., Tuohy, O., Morrissey, M., Gaynor, J., Canavan, J., Devaney, C., Landy, F. & Coen, L (2013) 50 Key Messages to Accompany Investing in Families: Supporting Parents to Improve outcomes for Children. Child and Family Agency, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) Investing in Families: Supporting Parents to Improve Outcomes for Children.
Gillen, A., Tuohy, O., Morrissey, M., Gaynor, J., Canavan, J., Devaney, C., Landy, F. & Coen, L. (2013) Investing in Families: Supporting Parents to Improve Outcomes for Children. Child and Family Agency, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) Guidance for the Implementation of an Area Based Approach to Prevention, Partnership and Family Support.
Gillen, A., Landy, F., Devaney, C. & Canavan, J. (2013) Guidance for the Implementation of an Area Based Approach to Prevention, Partnership and Family Support. Child and Family Agency, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) Child and Family Agency Commissioning Strategy.
Gillen, A., Landy, F., Devaney, C. & Canavan, J (2013) Child and Family Agency Commissioning Strategy. Child & Family Agency, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) Family and Community Services Resource Programme: Position Paper.
Devaney, C (2012) Family and Community Services Resource Programme: Position Paper. . [Details]
(2011) Family Support Networks: Discussion paper.
Devaney, C (2011) Family Support Networks: Discussion paper. . [Details]
(2011) A Family Support Approach to protecting Children: Current Issues and Prospectives . International conference on Family Support, NUI, Galway.
Devaney, C. (2011) A Family Support Approach to protecting Children: Current Issues and Prospectives . International conference on Family Support, NUI, Galway. . [Details]
(2011) An Exploration of volunteering amongst older adults on an intergenerational reading programme- implications for the social model of health. Assets for Health and Wellbeing across the Life Course International Conference 2011.
Devaney, C. (2011) An Exploration of volunteering amongst older adults on an intergenerational reading programme- implications for the social model of health. Assets for Health and Wellbeing across the Life Course International Conference 2011. . [Details]
(2010) Youth Cafés in Ireland: A Best Practice Guide. OMCYA: Dublin, The Stationary Office.
Forkan, C., Canavan, J., Dolan, P., Bradley, C., Brady, B., Carty, C., Coen, L., Devaney, C., Kearns, N., Kenny, A., Merriman, B. and O'Regan, C. (2010) Youth Cafés in Ireland: A Best Practice Guide. OMCYA: Dublin, The Stationary Office. Stationary Office, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) Youth Café Toolkit. How to Set-up and Run a Youth Café in Ireland.
Forkan, C., Canavan, J., Devaney, C. and Dolan, P. (2010) Youth Café Toolkit. How to Set-up and Run a Youth Café in Ireland. The Stationary Office, Dublin:. [Details]
(2010) Youth Cafés in Ireland: A Best Practice Guide.
Forkan, C., Canavan, J., Dolan, P., Bradley, C., Brady, B., Carty, C., Coen, L., Devaney, C., Kearns, N., Kenny, A., Merriman, B. and O’Regan, C. (2010) Youth Cafés in Ireland: A Best Practice Guide. Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. The Stationary Office: Dublin, Dublin. [Details]
(2010) A conceptual paper on family support as an approach to children and families social services.
Devaney, C and Canavan, J (2010) A conceptual paper on family support as an approach to children and families social services. HSE Children & Families Services, Ireland. [Details]
(2009) Cottage Home Child and Family Services. Service Development.
Devaney, C (2009) Cottage Home Child and Family Services. Service Development. UNESCO CFRC, NUI Galway. [Details]
(2008) The Development of a Report on the Evaluability of Young ballymun. Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College: Dublin.
Devaney, C., Kearns, N. (2008) The Development of a Report on the Evaluability of Young ballymun. Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College: Dublin. . [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
‘Hoping for a better Tomorrow’: Family Support through community childcare provision in Ballyhaunis Co. Mayo,
Garrity, S., Moran, L., Devaney, C. and McGregor, C. (2016) Community childcare in rural Ireland; family support principles and practice. [Invited Oral Presentation], ‘Hoping for a better Tomorrow’: Family Support through community childcare provision in Ballyhaunis Co. Mayo, European Early Childhood Education Research Association Annual Conference, Dublin, August 2016) . [Details]
‘Hoping for a better Tomorrow’,
Garrity, S., Moran, L., Devaney, C. and McGregor, C. (2016) Abstract accepted to the Ethics and Social Welfare in Hard Times Conference. [Invited Oral Presentation], ‘Hoping for a better Tomorrow’, London, UK . [Details]
(2016) Abstract accepted to the Child Poverty in Times of Crisis Conference, Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg, August 25-26 2016,
Moran, L., Garrity, S., Devaney, C. and C. McGregor (2016) (2016) This paper focuses on narratives of resilience, identity and coping of parents from asylum seeking communities living in a Direct Provision centre in Ballyhaunis, a rural community in the West of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Abstract accepted to the Child Poverty in Times of Crisis Conference, Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg, August 25-26 2016, Salzburg , 25-AUG-16 - 26-AUG-16. [Details]
(2016) ‘Hoping for a better tomorrow’: A Qualitative Study of Perceptions and Experiences of Asylum Seekers about Direct Provision in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo,
Moran, L., Garrity, S., Devaney, C. and C. McGregor (2016) (2016) This paper presents qualitative findings from an evaluation of the ‘Greater Tomorrow’ Crèche and Ballyhaunis Community Preschool facilities, which are accessed primarily by members of asylum seeking communities in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. [Oral Presentation], ‘Hoping for a better tomorrow’: A Qualitative Study of Perceptions and Experiences of Asylum Seekers about Direct Provision in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, University of Limerick , 14-MAY-16 - 14-APR-16. [Details]
(2016) Hoping for a better tomorrow’: Narratives of Coping, Resilience and Family Support arising from a study of Early Years services and the experience of parents, including those resident in Direct Provis,
Garrity, S., Moran, L., Devaney, C. and McGregor, C. (2016) (2016) Irish Social Sciences Platform and the National Economic & Social Council, Dublin. [Oral Presentation], Hoping for a better tomorrow’: Narratives of Coping, Resilience and Family Support arising from a study of Early Years services and the experience of parents, including those resident in Direct Provis, Dublin , 08-JUN-16 - 08-JUN-16. [Details]
(2016) ‘Mapping Children’s Narratives of Permanence and Stability: Evidence from a Mixed-Method Study of Children in Long-Term Care in Ireland’,
Moran, L., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2016) (2016) This paper draws on BNIM, qualitative findings from a study of children in care in Ireland (2008-2013) and the importance of understanding children's voices and storylines about their lives in care. [Oral Presentation], ‘Mapping Children’s Narratives of Permanence and Stability: Evidence from a Mixed-Method Study of Children in Long-Term Care in Ireland’, ISPCAN Calgary Canada , 28-AUG-16. [Details]
(2016) Family Support and substance misuse,
Devaney, C (2016) Family Support and its potential where substance misuse is an issue. [Oral Presentation], Family Support and substance misuse, Galway , 15-JUN-16 - 15-JUN-16. [Details]
(2014) Supporting Families in difficult times: Providing effective early help and intervention,
Carmel Devaney and John Canavan (2014) Developing National Family Support Policy and Practice: the Irish example. [Invited Oral Presentation], Supporting Families in difficult times: Providing effective early help and intervention, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, England , 18-SEP-14 - 19-SEP-14. [Details]
(2013) Engagement and Participation in Family Support,
Brady, B, Devaney, C (2013) Changing the odds: The benefits and challenges of volunteer-led provision. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Engagement and Participation in Family Support, NUI, Galway , 13-JUN-13 - 14-JUN-13. [Details]
(2013) Engagement and Participation in Family Support, 6th Biennial International Conference,
Brady, B. , Devaney, C. (2013) Changing the odds: The benefits and challenges of volunteer-led provision in family support. [Invited Paper], Engagement and Participation in Family Support, 6th Biennial International Conference, Galway , 13-JUN-13 - 14-JUN-13. [Details]
(2013) IPSCAN European Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect,
Carmel Devaney (2013) What is Family Support? The question answered. [Oral Presentation], IPSCAN European Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Dublin, Ireland , 16-SEP-13 - 19-SEP-13. [Details]
(2013) Engagement and Participation in Family Support,
Carmel Devaney and Bernadine Brady (2013) Changing the Odds: The Benefits and Challenges of Volunteer-Led Service Provision. [Keynote Address], Engagement and Participation in Family Support, Galway, Ireland , 13-JUN-13 - 14-JUN-13. [Details]
(2011) Protecting Children through Family Support,
Carmel Devaney (2011) A Family Support approach to protecting children: Current issues & perspectives. [Keynote Address], Protecting Children through Family Support, Galway, Ireland , 09-JUN-11 - 10-JUN-11. [Details]
(2010) Family Support to Realise Children and Family’s Strengths. 6th Australian Family and Community Strengths Conference,
Devaney, C. (2010) Family Support to Realise Children and Family’s Strengths. 6th Australian Family and Community Strengths Conference, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia . [Details]

Abstract

  Year Publication
(2010) A parental view on inclusive third level education.
Devaney, C,Ryan, P (2010) A parental view on inclusive third level education. Abstract [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(2009) Blue Line on the Horizon: Family Support in Ireland, Britain and the USA. American Conference for Irish Studies.
Devaney, C. (2009) Blue Line on the Horizon: Family Support in Ireland, Britain and the USA. American Conference for Irish Studies. NUI, Galway: Conference Paper [Details]

Non Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2011) Wizard of Words Process Study Report (Year Two).
Devaney, C (2011) Wizard of Words Process Study Report (Year Two). Non Published Reports [Details]
(2010) Wizard of Words Process Study Report (Year One).
Devaney, C (2010) Wizard of Words Process Study Report (Year One). Non Published Reports [Details]
(2008) Research Report on Domestic Violence and Family Conflict in County Mayo.
Devaney, C (2008) Research Report on Domestic Violence and Family Conflict in County Mayo. Non Published Reports [Details]

Teaching Interests

Family Support, children and families, responding to needs of children, social issues, practice issues in children and family services, using reflective practice in service delivery.


Current teaching
SP573 Family Support Practice I
SP580 Family Support Practice II
SP575 Family Support Seminars
SP 701 Children and Young People in Families Today
SP235 Social Issues and Policy Responses

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2016 2017 Family Support Practice I SP573
2016 2017 Children and young people in Families today SP701
2016 2017 Social Issues and Policy Responses SP235
2016 2017 Family Support Practice II SP580
2016 2017 Family Support Seminars SP575