Get involved with the Social Work Workforce Review and Engagement Event

7th February 2020

The Department of Health are carrying out a workforce review of the social work profession to ensure there is a sufficient supply of social workers. Eithne McIlroy, Coordinator of the Project Working Group, explains her own social work journey and asks for your input to this process.

“I qualified as a social worker in 1981 from the (then) Jordanstown Polytechnic, with a CQSW (Certificate of Qualification in Social Work) alongside a degree. The graduates dispersed widely; I joined the Probation Service, while others moved into Health and Social Care and the Voluntary and Community Sectors. Many of us remained in the same sector for many years, developing our knowledge, skills and expertise, working to improve the social wellbeing of others.
Social work gave me the opportunity work with others, enabling and empowering and assisting individuals and families to make changes. As a social worker I felt I was making a difference, and doing this by working in partnership with colleagues, service users, families and others.
There have been many changes since I first qualified as a social worker almost forty years ago. However, we must now focus on ensuring that we meet our future workforce needs. We must develop and support our social workers and have sufficient numbers with appropriate skills, knowledge, resilience and commitment.”

This Social Work Workforce Review is being carried out to ensure we have the necessary capacity to deliver sustainable social work services across all fields of social work in a transformed health and social care sector in Northern Ireland.

If you have encountered social work you may have some suggestions on how the service could be delivered in the future.

Getting involved and using your voice will make an essential contribution to the development of the social work profession.The Stakeholder Engagement Event is on:
Friday 28 February 2020 from 10.00 – 12.00 in the Loughview Suite, Ulster University, Jordanstown. Book your place before Friday 14th February 2020.
You can find out more about getting involved at the following link:

Social Work Workforce Review – Stakeholder Engagement Event – 28 February 2020