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Learning & Development


Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and learning throughout your career is essential in building your confidence and professional practice as a Social Worker or Social Care Worker.

As part of your registration requirements you are required to evidence how you meet the Standards of Conduct and Practice. Social Workers and Social Care Workers must undertake and record continuous professional development – this is called Post Registration Training and Learning (PRTL).

Social Care Worker

As a new Social Care Worker you will be provided with suitable induction training by your employer and then undertake continuous learning and development to build on and improve your skills, knowledge and practice throughout your career.

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Social Work Student

As a Social Work Student you begin your learning and development journey with the Degree in Social Work. The Social Care Council is responsible for approving the Degree in Social Work courses in Northern Ireland.

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Social Worker

As a newly qualified social worker, you will continue to learn and develop. This begins with the Assessed Year in Employment (AYE) – followed by Professional in Practice – a framework through which social workers can undertake professional awards and gain credits for a broad range of learning and development throughout your career.

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Learning Zone – Free resources to support your CPD journey 

Whatever your role and level of experience, we have a range of digital resources and information to help you develop your knowledge and skills throughout your career.

These resources are completely free, accessible across all devices and you can work through them at your own pace.

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