Registration and Regulation of the Social Care Workforce - Introduction

Registration with the NISCC recognises a social care worker’s commitment to providing quality social care services. It shows that they are suitably trained, professional in their practice and accountable for the work they do.

Registered workers must meet the agreed standards in their conduct and practice set out in the NISCC Code of Practice.  The Code also sets out how employers must meet agreed standards to support workers to meet these standards. The NISCC Registration Rules & NISCC Conduct Rules outline the processes we follow to ensure all cases are managed in a fair and robust manner.

NISCC is registering social care workers in phases according to job role. Currently the following groups of workers must be registered with NISCC in order to work in their job role or attend their course of study: 

  • Social care workers in adult residential or nursing home settings 
  • Residential child care workers 
  • Social care managers of residential, day care and domiciliary care 
  • Social workers
  • Social work students 

Click on the links in the left margin to access information and resources about applying for registration and the training & development required to maintain registration. Contact our teams for advice.

Click on the following country links if you want to apply to register to practise in England, Scotland or Wales.