Last month, NI Social Care Council Chair representatives, including its Chair, Jim Perry; Director of Corporate Services and Registration, Declan McAllister and Professional Advisor, Catherine Maguire; met College 1st social work students at Belfast Met. Providing an overview on the role of NISCC and the importance of registration they also discussed the meaningful involvement of carers and service users, and NISCC’s role in promoting this.
Commenting on the visit, Belfast Met Social Work lecturer Gerry Skelton said: “On behalf of Belfast Met, I was delighted to welcome my NISCC colleagues to meet our 1st year social work students, especially at this formative stage of their learning and development journey. In his role as the NISCC Chairman, Jim has made this an annual commitment and has always been most supportive, which I am very grateful for. It was also useful to meet the relatively new Professional Advisor, Catherine Maguire and the new Director of Registration and Corporate Services, Declan McAllister. The students appreciated the respective inputs from our guests and particularly their candour; coupled with encouraging the students to see the broader role and value of the NISCC and its significant role in the real involvement of carers and service users”.
Speaking about the visit, Declan McAllister said: “As the new Director of Registration and Corporate Services, I want to thank Gerry Skelton and the Belfast Met students for the opportunity to address them about the work of NISCC. I am particularly keen to hear from you all about the benefits of Registration and on what NISCC, as the Regulator for Social Work and Social Care, can do to support your social work career pathway. I believe the delivery of social work and social care is the responsibility of us all and we must work collaboratively to ensure we are meeting the high levels of care as set down in the NISCC Social Work and Social Care Standards”.