Events

We provide a series of lunchtime seminars, information sessions and workshops to support best practice in social work and social care.

Normally our events are free to attend and places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Delegate places are reserved using our online booking system. Confirmation of attendance will be confirmed by email. Details of any currently scheduled events and links to online booking are available below.

Video recordings, presentations and resource materials from previous events are also available below.

Previous Events

  • 10 Dec 2018

    Lunchtime Seminar: “Three Steps to Positive Practice: A rights-based approach when considering and reviewing the use of restrictive interventions.”

    Presented by: Rosaline Kelly, Royal College of Nursing NI; Dr Heather Hanna, Consultant Psychiatrist; Adele Boyd, Independent SW Practitioner/BASW NI Committee Member. Key areas covered in this seminar will include: • Develop an improved understanding of what makes a practice restrictive; • Provide a framework for practice that embeds a rights-based approach and puts the person at the centre of decision-making processes; • Understand the importance of working within legal, ethical and professional accountability frameworks; • Understand the “Three Steps to Positive Practice” process and what a rights-based approach means; • Reflect on a number of case studies, identifying where the “Three Steps to Positive Practice” framework could be implemented.

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  • 28 Nov 2018

    Resilience within Social Workers

    Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust are staging the second in a series of events focusing on the development of resilience within Social Work students, practitioners and managers. Findings from relevant local and contemporary research undertaken by candidates on Social Work post qualifying programmes within the Professional in Practice Framework will be shared at the event. Numbers are limited to 25 per Trust, plus a further 25 places for Queen’s Social Work students. Belfast Health and Social Care Trust staff and QUB students can apply via Jacqueline McGarry @ Jacqueline.mcgarry@belfasttrust.hscni.net SEHSCT staff can apply via Tony McAllister @ tony.mcallister@setrust.hscni.net PIP credits can be claimed for this CPD activity The event has been organised by SEHSCT/BHSCT Learning and Development teams in partnership with Queen’s University and Ulster University.


  • 14 Nov 2018

    Social Care Manager's Forum - Newtownabbey

    The Social Care Council invites all Social Care Managers’ and a member of your team to join us at our Social Care Managers’ Forum at Corr's Corner Hotel in Newtownabbey. The Social Care Managers’ Forum is a bi-annual event open to all Social Care Managers’ working in Northern Ireland, each of whom is encouraged to bring a colleague from their Social Care team along as a guest. The theme of the upcoming forum is “Sharing Innovation and Good Practice”. There are a wide range of compelling topics being covered by a diverse set of speakers, including: • Transformation in Social Care • Update from RQIA • Update from Providers • Latest from the Social Care Council These events are free to attend. There are a limited number of spaces which will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. A hot lunch will be provided.


  • 13 Nov 2018

    Social Care Manager's Forum - Omagh

    The Social Care Council invites all Social Care Managers and a member of your team to join us at our Social Care Managers Forum at the Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh on Tuesday 13th November 2018 . The Social Care Managers Forum is a bi-annual event open to all Social Care Managers working in Northern Ireland, each of whom is encouraged to bring a colleague from their Social Care team along as a guest. The theme of the upcoming forum is “Sharing Innovation and Good Practice”. There are a wide range of compelling topics being covered by a diverse set of speakers, including: • Transformation in Social Care • Update from RQIA • Update from Providers • Latest from the Social Care Council These events are free to attend. There are a limited number of spaces which will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. A hot lunch will be provided.


  • 08 Nov 2018

    skillsNorthernIreland Day 2

    Skills Northern Ireland is a new, interactive and inspiring two day event, taking place at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast.The event is aimed at 14-19 year old's and the teachers, parents and influencers that help them decide how to achieve the career of their dreams.

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  • 07 Nov 2018

    skillsNorthernIreland Day 1

    Bridging the skills gap for Belfast and Northern Ireland’s young people with careers, jobs, skills and apprenticeships. The Social Care Council will be exhibiting at Skills Northern Ireland, a new, interactive and inspiring two day event, taking place at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast.

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  • 17 Sep 2018

    Lunchtime Seminar: ““Extending Working Lives and Social Work: Critical Consideration for an Ageing Social Work Workforce”

    Presented by Paula McFadden from Ulster University. Key areas covered in this seminar included: • Ageing workforce concerns due to demographic changes; • Government policy on Extending Working Lives (those in 40s to work til 68 years) Survey results on: • Ageing at work and adjustments needed to sustain longer working lives; • Wellbeing at work and quality of working life • Retirement planning and attitudes across age groups

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  • 15 Aug 2018

    Cycle-At-Work-Day Fundraiser

    With the event (Wednesday 15th August) being Cycle to Work day, we decided to team up with Anytime Fitness to raise a bit of money for the Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke Foundation – and decided to call it “Cycle AT Work Day”! ‘Anytime Fitness’ kindly agreed to let us use six bikes for the day and these were set-up outside their gym on Great Victoria Street, Belfast. We were truly blessed with the weather and it was fantastic to see the spirit of generosity from passers-by who helped us raise £400.

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  • 19 Jun 2018

    Professional in Practice Awards in Social Work

    The Social Care Council hosted its annual Professional in Practice (PiP) Awards in Social Work at a prestigious ceremony at La Mon Hotel. 176 Social Workers from across Northern Ireland received awards for their learning and self-directed study.

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  • 10 May 2018

    Social Care Managers' Forum (Antrim and Portadown)

    The Social Care Council hosted a free Social Care Managers Forum on the 2nd May at Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim and the 10th May at Seagoe Hotel in Portadown. Topics covered include: Transformation in Social Care; Launch of The Induction Programme for Social Care; Quality Improvement Project Presentation; Health and Wellbeing Caseworker Network; Overview of Fitness to Practice Activity 2017/18; Medicines Management; Launch of Level 4 Certificate in Leadership and Management for Adult Social Care.

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  • 12 Apr 2018

    Transition Planning for Children with a Disability: including the excluded

    The Social Care Council lunchtime seminar covered the unique service delivery model used within the Southern Trust by the 2018 Social Work Awards Finalists Transition Planning Team. Key areas covered in this seminar included; Inter-agency and multi-disciplinary working and challenges; Collaborative working and ground breaking work with universities and the voluntary, statutory and private sector; Co-production and person centred planning.

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  • 12 Mar 2018

    A Social Work Reflection: The Recovery of an Adult from Modern Slavery

    NISCC and RQIA were pleased to hold this free NISCC Lunchtime Seminar to celebrates World Social Work Day 2018. The informative seminar was delivered by Deborah Hanlon (Head of Service Adult Safeguarding), Pat Burke (Team Lead Learning Disability), Sharon Boyd(Social Worker in Learning Disability) and Edel McCann (Social Worker in Physical Disability and ABE Social Work Interviewer).

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  • 08 Mar 2018

    Roadshow for Managers of Regulated Services (Enniskillen) from RQIA, NISCC and NMC

    This was a roadshow from The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA), Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) and the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), billed as a 'Joint Regulator Workshop for Managers of Regulated Services'. The event provided talks on 'Revised Guidance for Providers on the Appointment of a Registered Manager' from the RQIA, 'Employer Responsibilities and Fitness to Practice Process' from NMC, and 'Supporting Managers through Induction and CPD programmes'.

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  • 07 Mar 2018

    Roadshow for Managers of Regulated Services (Newtownabbey) from RQIA, NISCC and NMC

    This was a roadshow from The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA), Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) and the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), billed as a 'Joint Regulator Workshop for Managers of Regulated Services'. The event provided talks on 'Revised Guidance for Providers on the Appointment of a Registered Manager' from the RQIA, 'Employer Responsibilities and Fitness to Practice Process' from NMC, and 'Supporting Managers through Induction and CPD programmes'.

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  • 23 Feb 2018

    The Enhanced Combination Order (ECOs)

    The seminar, presented by Ruth McKelvey, Area Manager at the PBNI covered areas including the background to the ECO, operating principles of the ECO, rehabilitation, restorative practice and the voice of victims, key features of the ECO, and success to date.

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  • 19 Jan 2018

    'Easy Read' Standards Launch

    Social Care service users from across Northern Ireland benefited from the launch of the ‘Easy Read’ versions of the NISCC Standards of Conduct and Practice for Social Workers and Social Care Workers. Keynote speakers at the launch event included Dr Joe Duffy QUB, TILII Group ARC and Gerard McWilliams NISCC Participation Group.

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  • 08 Dec 2017

    NISCC 'Social Care Matters' Symposium

    The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) hosted this hugely popular Social Care Symposium featuring a panel of expert speakers from across Northern Ireland. The event examined the challenges and opportunities faced by Northern Ireland's 34,000 registered Social Care workforce.

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  • 09 Nov 2017

    Social Care Manager's Forum - Antrim and Omagh

    Our Social Care Manager's Forum event was held in Antrim on Wednesday 8th November and in Omagh on Thursday 9th November. These events were an opportunity for Social Care Managers to meet with colleagues and NISCC to discuss issues affecting social care practice.

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  • 16 May 2017

    The Social Care Manager's Forum

    The morning included presentations from: Skills for Care, Annette Baines: Values Based Recruitment and Retention NISCC, Angelia McGilly: Registration Update, Brenda Horgan: Launch of Guideline supporting Domiciliary Care Workers to meet the NISCC Standards of Conduct and Practice BHSCT, Tracey Reid: Understanding the social work role in social care within older people’s services. These events were FREE to attend.

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  • 28 Feb 2017

    NISCC Lunchtime Seminar: “Why am I in care? The Narrative Model for Communicating with Children about entry into care that promotes psychological safety and adjustment”.

    Presented by Lynda McGill & Louise Faulkner NHSCT Key areas covered in this seminar included: • The rationale behind the development of the Narrative Model within TT-LAAC • The main themes from referrals to the service which highlighted challenges to communicating with children about why they are unable to live at home and the associated impact on placement stability • How it is a collaborative model which promotes and supports communication with children and their psychological adjustment to their care journey • What people are saying about the model- feedback from parents, carers and care staff • Next steps. Due to confidentiality we cannot distribute samples of narratives however, you can contact Lynda McGill for further information Lynda.McGill@northerntrust.hscni.net

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  • 30 Jan 2017

    NISCC Lunchtime Seminar; Transferring Knowledge to develop Social Work Practice, presented by NSPCC

    “Transferring Knowledge to develop Social Work Practice - Evidence, impact and evaluation of a range of NSPCC services.” Presented by NSPCC Key areas covered in this seminar included: • Building Support and life skills for Children experiencing Parental Mental Health (Family SMILES Project) • Helping Dads address violent behaviour (Caring Dads Project) • NSPCC Sexual Abuse Services (Craigavon, Foyle Services)

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  • 05 Dec 2016

    NISCC Lunchtime Seminar: Making Social Work Education App’ier, presented by Dr Anne Campbell, QUB

    The presentation described the creation of four social work education and practice Apps by a team of social work educators and NISCC. The primary focus was on the design process and the partnership approach to the creation of the tools. It also outlined the rationale for the App development, the working process and the theoretical framework underpinning mobile learning.

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  • 19 Sep 2016

    NISCC Lunchtime Seminar: Longitudinal Study of Children in Care in NI

    Seminar by Dr Dominic McSherry Senior Research Fellow in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queens University Belfast Dominic presented findings of a longitudinal study which has been tracking the placements and measuring outcomes for a population of looked after children in NI. The study provided a comparative analysis of outcomes across the five placement types of adoption, foster care, kinship foster-care, Residence Orders and living with birth parents.

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  • 09 Jun 2016

    NISCC Lunchtime Seminar: Community Based Social Work and the CLARE CIC Model of Support

    CLARE (Creative Local Action Responses and Engagement) represents an innovative model of delivering early intervention and support to communities from a personalised perspective. This seminar provided an opportunity to learn about the CLARE model and discuss how social work can re-engage with communities.

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  • 31 Mar 2016

    Resilient Social Workers: Surviving and thriving in a demanding profession – Jenny Bulbulia (PhD candidate - Trinity College, Dublin)

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  • 07 Mar 2016
  • 07 Mar 2016

    Best Practice - Better Outcomes - NISCC Social Care Conference - Presentations, Animations & Clips

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  • 11 Jan 2016

    “Views and experiences of asylum seekers in the child protection and welfare systems in Ireland: Research Findings.” - Dr Colletta Dalikeni Lecturer in Social Care, School of Business and Humanities, Dandalk Institute of Technology

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  • 03 Dec 2015

    Reforming our Health and Social Care Systems: An update on transforming our care - Gill Smith (HSCB)

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  • 24 Sep 2015

    Social Worker Home Visits to Children and Families: Research Findings - Karen Winter (QUB) & Campbell Killick (SEHSCT)

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  • 01 Jun 2015
  • 26 Mar 2015

    Drinking from the Well: Developing Social Work Practice with Service Users and Carers - Joe Duffy (QUB)

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  • 02 Dec 2014

    An Exploration of the Roles, Responsibilities and Services Provided by Home Care Workers -Dr Kevin Moore (UU)

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  • 23 Sep 2014

    Towards a Psychosocial Model of Reflective Practice – Prof Stan Houston (QUB)

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  • 22 Jul 2014

    Understanding and Tackling Chronic Neglect in Children - Lynne Peyton (Independent Child Care consultant)

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