There are over 6,000 social workers registered with the Social Care Council and approximately 70 are Internationally Qualified Social Workers (IQSW). We are committed to raising standards and apply a rigorous, transparent and fair approach to determine Social Care Council registration and the right to practise in Northern Ireland.
International applications to register with the Social Care Council
July 2022- October 2022
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|Applications approved with conditions||5|
1st October 2022 – 31st September 2023
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All approved applicants had obtained a qualification in social work and met placement requirements to the satisfaction of the Social Care Council.
All successful applicants are advised regarding annual fee/ maintaining registration including a minimum of 90 hours training, learning development required every three years.
Reasons for these decisions were provided for applicants along with information on a possible pathway to registration.
This information was updated on : 23rd October 2023
If you are unable to apply using our online portal we also have a manual application form that you can fill in below:
Guidance for Internationally Qualified Social Workers
*Language Proficiency information can be found in the General Guidance Notes General Information on pages 19-21 and General Guidance Notes Applying via the Portal on pages 17-18.
English language skills – What the Social Care Council requires find out here.
Find out more from our Internationally Qualified Social Workers
Moving to live and work in another country is complicated and some of our Internationally Qualified Social Workers have kindly shared some of the information they have learned on their journey to completing their Social Care Council registration and practising as a social worker in Northern Ireland: