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Dr. Susan Flynn

Assistant Professor (Social Studies)


Dr Susan Flynn is a full-time University Lecturer (Asst. Professor) in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. Prior to this, she lectured full-time in social sciences at the Institute of Technology, Sligo. Additionally, Susan has experience teaching at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Susan's PhD examined, through through a phenomenological and biographical narrative interpretative method, the impact of the economic recession on intellectually disabled young people and their families. Within this, an affirmative non-tragedy theoretical lens situated within an overarching critical disability studies perspective, was adopted. More broadly her work has, and continues to, focus upon child and family services. Within this, she has a particular focus on disability, child protection and welfare, and social work and social care. Susan has over a decade of practice experience in a diverse range of applied social settings including child protection and welfare social work; intellectual disability; residential social care practice; acting managerial work; youth justice work; special education; counselling and advocacy; disability day activation work, and other roles. Susan also has experience as a social science researcher in the industry. Twitter: @susanflynn1912 Orchid ID:
Susan Flynn, Critical disability studies and quarter life crisis: Theorising life stage transitional crisis for disabled emerging adults, Disability & Society , 37, (2), 2022, p183-205 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Susan Flynn, Discourse and religious doctrine: Professional social work and the moral regulation of the body in Roman Catholic Ireland, Sexualities , 25, (3), 2022, p267-283 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Susan Flynn, Trajectories of social justice within social stratification: towards a Bourdieusian reading of social class for social workers, Critical and Radical Social Work , 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Susan Flynn, Literature on Professional Social Work and Controversies Surrounding Roman Catholicism in the Republic of Ireland: Adapting the Dynamic Model, Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work , 41, (2), 2022, p143 - 165, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Susan Flynn, Critical Disability Studies and the Affirmative Non-Tragedy Model: Presenting a Theoretical Frame for Disability and Child Protection , Disability and Society , 2022, p , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Professor Vasintha Veeran, Dr Susan Flynn & Dr Leigh-Ann Sweeney, Feminist Egalitarian Discourse in Social Work Education for Practice: Theoretical Exposition from the Irish Perspective, Practice: Social Work in Action , 2022, Notes: [DOI: 10.1080/09503153.2022.2104240], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Susan Flynn, Child Protection and Welfare During the COVID 19 Pandemic: Revisiting the Value of Resilience-Building, Systems Theory, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma-Informed Approaches, Child Care in Practice , 2022, p , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Sweeney, Leigh-Ann; and Flynn, Susan, A critical review of intersectionality, social work education and sex work: an Irish perspective, Critical and Radical Social Worl, 2022, Notes: [DOI:], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Susan Flynn, Learning from the Literature on Social Work and Social Care with Children: The Utility of a Jansson Framework of Policy-Practice, Child Care in Practice , 27, (3), 2021, p281 - 294, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Susan Flynn, Social Constructionism and Social Care: Literature on Evidence Informed Practice within the Professionalisation of Social Care Professionals who work with children in Ireland. , Child Care in Practice , 27, (1), 2021, p87 - 104 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text

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Susan Flynn, The Hidden Price of Poverty: Irish Austerity Measures and the Abuse and Neglect of Children with Disabilities by Parents and Caregivers, The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect , Quebec City Congress 2022, 2022, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Dr Susan Flynn , Accounts of Parents subject to Child Protection Investigation for their Child or Children with Disabilities: Findings of an Exploratory Qualitative Study, ICSPAN Congress, Estonia , 2022, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Dr Cate Thomas, Dr Susan Flynn, Dr Elspeth Slayter and Dr Lisa Johnson , Disability, Intersectionality, and Child Protection: A Scoping Review, ICSPAN Congress, Estonia , 2022, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Susan Flynn, Childhood Disability in the Context of Parental Alienation: Another Layer of Complexity? , Parental Alienation Awareness Newsletter , 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Susan Flynn, Review of New Directions Implementation: Lifelong Learning 1 and Lifelong Learning 2, Dublin, Ireland , 2021, 1-62, Report, PUBLISHED
Susan Flynn, Adolescence Disrupted: Covid‐19 and Protecting Teenagers, 2020, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Susan Flynn, Children with Disabilities and their Families during the Covid-19 Pandemic, 2020, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Susan Flynn, Social Care and Self Care: Exploring the Implications of Evidence Informed Practice (EIP) and Professionalisation for the Care of Social Care Professionals in Ireland, Social Care Ireland Conference. , 2019, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Susan Flynn, Economic Recession, Austerity and Disability: Socio-Biographic Learning for Social Work from the Exceptional Case of Ireland, European Conference Social Work Research., 2019, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Susan Flynn, Disability and Irish Austerity: Socio-Biographic Narratives of Intellectually Disability and Economic Recession, Nordic Network on Disability Research Conference, 2019, Conference Paper, PRESENTED


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