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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

New qualifications guide for Northern Ireland social care workforce

Written by The Editorial Team

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has launched a guide to qualifications and training for the social care workforce in Northern Ireland. The document provides guidance on the types of qualifications, training and experience required at various levels by particular job roles – from care assistants and support workers to senior support workers and registered managers.

The document will help social care workers and their employers understand what qualifications they will need to ensure they are developing their skills and knowledge through CPD (Continuous Professional Development). Registered managers in regulated services are the only group of social care staff where there is a mandatory requirement for a qualification. For all other staff, employers may use this guide to inform learning and development plans. 

NISCC’s Head of Workforce Development Marian O’Rourke said: “This guide to qualifications for social care workers will, we hope, help staff and their employers ensure they have the right qualifications to do their job well.

"The information we have included will be important when making choices and decisions about investing in training that meets their needs and helps social care workers continue to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver the best possible standards of care and support to individuals.”

The document can be viewed in the Publications section of the NISCC website – click here to download it directly.