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Nikki Darcy

Social Work Team Leader

Nikki like all our Social Work team is CORU registered. She has been working as a social worker with children, their families and carers for almost ten years.

During this time, Nikki has worked as a social worker and social work team leader with Tusla (formally HSE). In working with children and families Nikki has always strived to work in a collaborative and creative way to ensure that the team around the child can provide the most safe and nurturing environment for that child.

Nikki holds an honours degree in Social Work from Trinity College Dublin and the National Qualification in Social Work. In 2017 Nikki was awarded a Specialist Award in Social Work in the area of risk assessment from the Northern Ireland Social Care Council, for her training and work in the area of risk assessment of adults and children who may have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour.

In recent years Nikki has engaged in and continues to study in the areas of attachment, developmental trauma and therapeutic social work practice.

Meet the team

Mieke Ryan
Head of Fostering

Mieke has been working with children in care and their foster carers since 2003. Throughout her working career her

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Eugene Bigley
Operations Manager

Eugene, a professionally qualified social worker, for over 30 years. With experience working both in the public

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Eithne Larkin
Marketing and Recruitment Lead

Eithne and her family have been foster carers for over 20 years and she brings a great insight into the recruitment of foster carers to her work

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Nikki Darcy
Social Work Team Leader

Nikki like all our Social Work team is CORU registered. She has been working as a social worker with children, their families

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Denise Galvin
Administrator

Denise has been working within the private foster care sector as an Administrator since 2014. During this time, she

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Laura Barcellona
Administrator

Laura works as an administrator in Origins foster care. She joined the agency in December 2020. Prior to her role as fostering

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Clare Gleeson
Recruitment & Assessment Team Leader

Clare joined the Origins foster care team in June 2021, having very recently returned from living in the UK

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Alex Gontijo
Administrator

Alexandre was born in Brazil and moved to Ireland to broaden his educational and work experience. With a degree in

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Cíara Farrell
Senior Practitioner, Link Social Worker

Ciara graduated with an honour’s degree in Social Work from Trinity College Dublin and has a National Qualification

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