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Internationally Qualified Social Workers


There are over 6,600 social workers registered with the Social Care Council and approximately 70 are Internationally Qualified Social Workers (IQSW).

Social workers who are trained and qualified in the European Economic Area (EEA) have the right to practise anywhere in the EEA as long as they are appropriately trained and qualified.

We are committed to Directive 2005/36/EC and will ensure a transparent and fair approach is used to determine whether a social worker can gain Social Care Council registration and the right to practise in Northern Ireland. We will also apply the same standards and approach when assessing applications for registration made by social workers who qualified outside the EEA.

Find out more from our Internationally Qualified Social Workers

Moving to live and work in another country is complicated and some of our IQSW have kindly shared some of the information they have learned on their journey to completing their Social Care Council registration and practising as a social worker in NI: