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Who Can Register

There are over 44,000 people working in social care across Northern Ireland. This workforce includes Social Care Workers, Social Care Managers, Social Workers, Probation Officers, Education Welfare Officers and Social Work Students. They work across a range of care services, in residential and day centres, community facilities and in people’s homes.

Registration with the Social Care Council is compulsory.

To find out more about your Registration click on the relevant link below:

The Registration Process

We manage each application according to the guidelines set out in the Registration Rules. This is to confirm your suitability to work safely in social care or social work. If you need advice about registering; if you are unable to use the online service because of your disability, or if you do not have access to a computer please contact our Registration Team for support and assistance. The team can be contacted by email at:


An application to register will be processed within 6-8 weeks from submission, although this is dependent on timely completion of endorsement and the process may take longer if there are issues which require additional assessment, such as a criminal record, disciplinary record, or mental/physical ill health.

Your Registration Data

The Social Care Council is registered with the Information Commissioner and data supplied by you will be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. We electronically store the information you provide which will be retained according to our data retention and deletion policy.

Please note your data will be archived when we close your application or when you leave the Register. By submitting your application you consent to the processing of your personal data as described in the Social Care Council Data Protection Statement.