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Claire Quinn

Director & Guardian ad Litem


Claire Quinn achieved her Degree in Social Work and National Qualification in Social Work from Trinity College Dublin in 1999. Further qualifications obtained include a Post Graduate Diploma in management from Dublin Business School in 2004, a Diploma in Legal Studies from Kings Inns in 2006 and Degree of Barrister at Law from Kings Inns and called to the Bar in 2007. Ms Quinn has undergone training in childhood attachment. She achieved a post graduate in mediation and conflict resolution accredited by NUI Maynooth facilitated by the Law Society and is a qualified mediator. Ms Quinn Lectures on Social Work courses in various Universities.

Claire Quinn worked in the area of Community Care Child Protection from 1999 until 2010 with the Health Service Executive. She worked at Social Work level, Team Leader level on long term, intake and duty teams and at Principal Social Worker level.

Ms Quinn was a member of the oversight group with the Office of Minister for Children & Youth Affairs’ facilitating consultations with children in care. The Guardian is a member of the IASW. The author has organised a number of national conferences and seminars relating to Social Work topics.

Claire Quinn became an Independent Guardian ad Litem in April 2010. She receives regular clinical mentoring. This Guardian is fully Garda vetted and is a member of CORU. All qualifications have been independently verified. Ms Quinn became the director of the Independent Guardian ad Litem Agency (TIGALA) in 2015.


1995–1999 | Degree in Social Work, Trinity College Dublin

2002–2004 | Postgraduate Diploma in Management, Dublin Business School

2004–2007 | Diploma in Legal Studies and Barrister at Law Degree, Kings Inns

2012 | Postgraduate certificate in Conflict Resolution and mediation

Further Education and Training

2014–Present | Monthly Professional and Training Sessions with TIGALA

2011 | Attachment Training, Infant Care Index, Patricia Crittenden

Employment History

1999–2010 | Social Worker, Team Leader, Principal Social Worker child protection HSE

2014–2019 | Co –ordinated numerous National Conferences on child protection issues

2018–Present | Part time/guest Social Work lecturer

2018–Present | Independent Social Worker for High Court Wardship proceedings

2010–Present | Guardian ad Litem

2014–Present | Director of The Independent Guardian ad Litem Agency (TIGALA)

‍Child Sexual Abuse

Assessment of access


Childhood Neglect Cases

Vulnerable teenage girls requiring secure care and out of state care

Particular interest in the Socio-Legal aspects of child care and child protection

Claire Quinn

Director & Guardian ad Litem

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