International Award for NISCC Child Development Apps

25 July 2017

International Award for NISCC Child Development Apps

Northern Ireland Social Care Council’s Understanding Child Development Apps 0-18 have beaten off stiff competition from the USA and Australia to win first place in the husITa Best Human Services App Award 2017.

Department of Health Permanent Secretary, Richard Pengelly congratulated NISCC's Colum Conway, Chief Social Work Officer Sean Holland and Social Work Strategy Development Director Christine Smyth to celebrate the Apps' success.

The three NISCC Apps – Understanding Child Development 0-7 years, 7-12 and 13-18 years – enable health and social care practitioners, and parents, to download information on developmental milestones: including typical and atypical social, cognitive, language and physical development. This award recognises the NISCC Apps as outstanding software applications that support husITa’s mission to promote the ethical and effective use of information technology to better serve humanity.

Colum Conway, NISCC Chief Executive said:
“We are delighted to accept the husITa Award. These Apps were our first steps into mobile learning solutions. They continue to grow in popularity, with an estimated 120,000 users worldwide. Our aim was to give a wide range of people, including health and social care practitioners and parents, fingertip access to developmental milestones including social, cognitive, language and physical development. Thanks to our technology partners Learning Pool and the content authors Anne Campbell from Queens University and Mary McColgan from Ulster University, the Apps have surpassed all expectations.”
“We recognise that technology is a key enabler to developing excellence in workforce skills and knowledge. Along with our colleagues from the Scottish Social Services Council, we recently shared our experiences of mobile learning solutions for social work and social care at the European Social Services Conference in Malta. Watch our website and social media for updates on our next learning solutions later in the year.”

Sean Holland, Chief Social Work Officer, Department of Health said:
"The Social Work Strategy supported the development of this app to help social workers and those working in child care to access reliable material quickly on their mobile phones.”

"I'd like to thank‎ NISCC, Queens University of Belfast, Ulster University, Learning Pool and everyone else involved in this project."

Paul McElvaney, Learning Pool CEO said:
“We’re pleased that we could be a part of such a worthwhile project. Delivering this learning to thousands at the press of a button was first of its kind in Northern Ireland, and the usage shows that using technology works in health and social care to improve outcomes for those involved.”

Pictured - Colum Conway (NISCC), Professor Mary McColgan (Ulster University), Dr. Anne Campbell (Queens University), Paul McElvaney (Learning Pool) and Jim Perry (NISCC)

The Child Development Apps and other NISCC apps are available to download free from:

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