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Letter sent to over 230 schools asking students to say #Yes2SocialWork

09 January 2024

As the deadline for UCAS applications draws nearer, the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (Social Care Council) is continuing its campaign to invite students to consider a career in social work.

Patricia Higgins, Chief Executive of the Social Care Council has written this week to over 230 post-primary schools in Northern Ireland encouraging principals and careers teachers to promote the social work degree as a pathway to finding a fulfilling and rewarding career.

She said: “It’s not too late for students to say #Yes2socialwork and be part of the next generation in this profession. Studying social work provides the opportunity to work with a wide range of people, groups and communities with diverse backgrounds and there are lots of different settings where social workers are making a difference. 

“Examples include supporting children and families, older people, people with disabilities or health concerns, working in therapeutic settings and working in the education, justice or voluntary and community sectors to enable, empower and protect children and adults in need.

“If anyone is still unsure what to put down on their UCAS application we are asking them to consider social work. This is an opportunity for young people who care about their community to begin a journey in making a difference to peoples’ lives.”

The Degree in Social Work (the Degree) is currently offered at Queen’s University, Ulster University, the South West College and the Belfast Metropolitan College. The Open University also provide the approved Degree – this route requires the sponsorship of a social work employer.

The Degree is an ideal journey for anyone who wants to support individuals, families or communities provide, or hoping to effect social change throughout the course of their career. It is recognised across the UK allowing social workers to practice within the United Kingdom once they have registered with the relevant social worker regulator.

A career as a social worker is a great career choice offering job stability and opportunities for advancement early on – be part of something greater.

For full information about applying for the Degree in Social Work click here:

This is an ongoing campaign to encourage people to consider a career in social work across a mix of communications and media platforms (digital and broadcast media) that started in 2019.

Want to know more? 

To train to be a social worker in Northern Ireland (NI) you need to complete the Honours Degree in Social Work. Check out our Interested in becoming a social worker? page for more information or to be inspired check out the newly launched film –  ‘Changing Lives – the Vital Role of Social Workers in Children’s Services in Northern Ireland’.

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Rita McCullagh, Head of Strategic Communications and Engagement