Robbie Gilligan, the President of Childwatch International Research Network, discusses the work of the Network and its partners, and the importance of sharing ideas and conducting research to generate new knowledge and insight in the field of child rights and child protection.
Professor Robbie Gilligan is Head of the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin. He is also Associate Director (and co-founder) of the Children’s Research Centre and co-ordinator (and founder) of the MSc in Child Protection and Welfare at Trinity College. He has served as a youth worker, social worker, foster carer and board member of various social service organisations. Professionally, his policy and practice focus is in the field of child and family welfare. He has a particular interest in the application of resilience and strength – based perspectives in interventions with children and families experiencing adversity. This interest in resilience also informs his research and publications.