Social Care Worker

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Role of Social Care Worker:

Social care workers plan and provide professional care to vulnerable individuals and groups of all ages who experience marginalisation, disadvantage or special needs. As well as protecting and advocating for such individuals and groups, Social Care Workers professionally guide, challenge and support those entrusted to their care toward achieving their full potential. Client groups are varied and include children and adolescents in residential care; young people in detention centres: people with intellectual or Physical: people who are homeless: people with alcohol/drug Dependency: families in the community: disabilities

What is the difference between a social worker and a social care worker?

In a sense, the answer is straightforward. Social workers are typically employed by the health authorities (different branches of the health services or the Child and Family Support Agency) and are allocated ‘cases’ to manage. Legislation empowers the health authorities to take children into care and social workers are usually the officers used for this function. Social workers may initiate and manage this process. Social care practitioners typically work in a more immediate way with service users, sharing their daily living environment and interacting across a range of care, domestic, education and semi-therapeutic settings. They do not have a specific legal role, or the power that comes with it. They are less likely to spend their working day in an office or behind a desk (although this is always a risk!) and are more likely to be found in a residential setting, at a youth club, in the street, at a community centre or with a family.

 

Courses

BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care at WIT. 3 years full time level 7.

Website https://www.wwaegs.ie/course/applied-social-studies-in-social-care-2/

BA (Hons) in Social Care Practice at WIT. 4 years full time level 8.

Website https://www.wwaegs.ie/course/social-care-practice/

BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care at WIT. 3 years part time Level 7

Website https://www.wwaegs.ie/course/applied-social-studies-in-social-care-4/

BA In Applied Social Studies in Social Care at Carlow College. 3 Years full time Level 7.

Website http://www.carlowcollege.ie/Courses/Social-Studies/BA-in-Applied-Social-Studies-in-Social-Care

BA in Applied Social Studies – Professional Social Care at IT Carlow. 3 years full time Level 7

Website http://www.itcarlow.ie/courses/type/undergraduate-cao-courses/humanities-courses/cw717.htm

BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies – Professional Social Care at IT Carlow 4 years full time Level 8

Website http://www.itcarlow.ie/courses/type/undergraduate-cao-courses/humanities-courses/cw758.htm

BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies – Professional Social Care at IT Carlow 4 years part time Level 8

Websitehttp://www.itcarlow.ie/public/userfiles/files/Bachelor%20of%20Arts%20(Honours)%20in%20Applied%20Social%20Studies%20(Professional%20Social%20Care)(2).pdf

BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies- Professional Social Care at IT Carlow (Wexford Campus) 4 Years full time Level 8

Website https://www.wwaegs.ie/course/b-a-hns-applied-social-studies-professional-social-care/

BA in Applied Social Studies – Professional Social Care at IT Carlow (Wexford Campus) 3 years full time Level 7

Website https://www.wwaegs.ie/course/b-a-applied-social-studies-professional-social-care/

BA In Applied Social Studies – Professional Social Studies in IT Carlow (Wexford Campus) 4 Years part time Level 8

Website

Higher Diploma in Applied Social Studies – Professional Social Care at IT Carlow 1 year part time Level 8 ( This course in intended to give non-social care graduates an opportunity to get a recognised social care qualification)

Website http://www.itcarlow.ie/public/userfiles/files/Higher%20Diploma%20Applied%20Social%20Studies%20(Professional%20Social%20Care)(3).pdf

Useful links

http://www.careersportal.ie/careers/detail.php?Button_DoSearch2=L&job_id=77

Other information

Social Care Ireland Advocacy and Representative Organisation for social care workers in Ireland

https://www.socialcareireland.ie/

Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU) is the regulatory body for social care workers in Ireland

https://www.coru.ie/