Orla Ryan is an experienced Guardian ad Litem who holds a Bachelor degree in Social Science, a Masters degree in Social Science (Social Work) and the National Qualification in Social Work. Orla is a professionally qualified social worker with a combination of nineteen years of academic and professional experience in child protection and residential care. Due to the overwhelming significance of attachment related issues in our work with children and families, Orla is currently in the process of completing a part-time M. Sc. in Attachment Studies in the University of Roehampton, London. She has undertaken this course of study in order to complement the Masters qualification in Social Work.
Orla Ryan has worked as an independent Guardian ad Litem since September of 2007. To date, the majority of Orla’s work is based in the District Court in Dolphin House, Dublin, Bray District Court, Arklow District Court and in the High Court. In addition to being appointed to children, Orla has also been appointed to vulnerable parents in psychiatric care.
* Orla Ryan holds full Garda Clearance and her qualifications have been vetted by an external consultant. In the interest of best practice, Orla adheres to a Code of Practice which has been developed and agreed, in conjunction with a number of independent Guardians based in the Capel Building, Mary’s Abbey, Dublin 7.