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 May 2018

    Social Care Managers' Forum (Portadown)

    We would like to invite all Social Care Managers and a member of your Social Care team to join us at our free Social Care Managers Forum on 10th May at Seagoe Hotel in Portadown. Topics will 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.


  • 02 May 2018

    Social Care Managers' Forum (Antrim)

    We would like to invite all Social Care Managers and a member of your Social Care team to join us at our free Social Care Managers Forum on 10th May at Dunsilly Hotel in Antrim. Topics will 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.


  • 12 Apr 2018

    Transition Planning for Children with a Disability: including the excluded

    This NISCC 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 wass 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 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 next Social Care Manager's Forum event will be held in Antrim on Wednesday 8th November and in Omagh on Thursday 9th November. These events are an opportunity for Social Care Managers to meet with colleagues and NISCC to discuss issues affecting social care practice. Programme and online booking information will be available here from Tuesday 10th October.

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  • 16 May 2017

    The Social Care Manager's Forum

    The morning will include 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 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. Please click the link below to register for the event. Closing date for entries will be Friday 5th May. The event will also run on the 15 May 17 in the Silverbirch Hotel, visit our news page for further information


  • 15 May 2017

    The Social Care Manager's Forum

    The morning will include 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 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. Please click the link below to register for the event. Closing date for entries will be Friday 5th May. The event will also run on the 16 May 17 in the Loughshore Hotel Carrickfergus, visit our news page for further information


  • 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 will include: • 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 will include: • 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 describes the creation of four social work education and practice Apps by a team of social work educators and NISCC. The primary focus will be on the design process and the partnership approach to the creation of the tools. It will also outline 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

    Presented by Dr Dominic McSherry Senior Research Fellow in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queens University Belfast Dominic will present 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 provides 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 will provide 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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