The Social Care Council is the workforce regulator for Social Workers and Social Care. The Social Care Council is helping to raise standards in the social care workforce by registering social care workers; setting standards for their conduct and practice and supporting their professional development. This workforce includes social care workers, social care managers, social workers, probation officers, education welfare officers and social work students.

The organisation is committed to partnership working and the success of what we do depends on partnerships with people who have real experience of all aspects of social care. Board Members, Partnership Committees and working groups within the organisation involve people who use services, carers, workers, employers, education providers, trade unions and representative bodies. This ensures that all our stakeholders are given a voice in setting standards and improving social care in Northern Ireland.

Paul Martin Chair

Patricia Higgins Chief Executive

Why the Social Care Council is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

Previous Board Apprentice placements have been positively received by both Board members and apprentices as a learning and development opportunity and valuable contributions made to discussions during meetings

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Currently virtual via Zoom link and face to face meetings will be reinstated subject to government guidance – new office premises from June 2022 : James House, Gasworks, Cromac Street, Belfast

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Board and Committee meetings are held quarterly from September 202 2- June 2023. Meetings take place during the day from10.00 -1.00pm.

Date of Board Meetings (September 2022 – August 2023)

Business Schedule for Board meetings not agreed until April/May 2022

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2022 – August 2023)

Business Schedule for Committee meetings not agreed until April/May 2022