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CR031 Course Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus
Social Care Workers are professional practitioners engaged in the practice of social care work. Social care work is a relationship based approach to the purposeful planning and provision of care, protection, psychosocial support and advocacy in partnership with vulnerable individuals and groups who experience marginalisation, disadvantage or special needs. Principles of social justice and human rights are central to the practice of Social Care Workers.
What kind of person are you?
As an intending student, you should have abilities and aptitudes for working with and caring for people. You should discuss this with guidance counsellors, teachers and other advisors. The qualities needed include leadership and an even temperament. It is also advisable to obtain some practical work experience in one of the job settings mentioned below and to discuss what is involved in such work with those already employed in the field.
About the Course
The course aims to strike a balance between theory and practice. Material from various disciplines is organised and presented in ways which enable students to see its relevance to the objectives of the course, to the placement settings and their own supervised practice. The student will be given the opportunity of acquiring some practical skills needed in this type of work, such as creative food preparation, and sport and leisure.
There is mandatory work placement as follows
- Year 1: 6 week placement (180 hours)
- Year 2: 12 week placement (280 hours)
- Year 3: 12 week placement (360 hours)
Students need to undertake a minimum of 800 hours in a minimum of two appropriate social care work settings.
NB: While evidence or medical certification will explain an absence, it does not reduce the attendance requirements of placement (minimum placement hours) as stipulated in CIT’s work placement module descriptors. Students who miss placement hours will be required to make up these hours.
Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to
Suitably qualified graduates of the BA (Honours) in Social Care Work may also be eligible to apply for a range of other Postgraduate courses, such as Occupational Therapy, Social Care, Community Development, etc.
What is the difference between a Social Care Worker and a Social Worker?
A Social Care Worker will typically work in a direct personto- person capacity with clients. He or she will seek to provide a caring, stable environment in which various social, educational and relationship interventions can take place in the day-to-day living space of the client.
The Social Worker’s role is to manage the ‘case’, e.g. arranging the residential child care placement in which a child is placed; coordinating case review meetings; negotiating the termination of a placement; and responding to child protection concerns in a given area (Social Care Ireland 2011).
Can I convert to a Social Worker after completing the Social Care Work qualification, i.e. BA in Social Care Work CR 031?
It is not possible to ‘convert’ to be a Social Worker with the BA (Honours) in Social Care Work. To become a Social Worker, you will need to complete a Masters in Social Work.
Rehabilitation Training Officer
“The three work placements provided pivotal learning and gave me the opportunity to practice and hone my professional skills. I successfully completed the Level 8 one year honours degree programme.
In Headway, my current role involves running daily cognitive groups that aim to stimulate different parts of the brain and assist clients to establish structure and routine following their Acquired Brain Injury. I also work as a keyworker assisting clients to achieve their personal goals and liaising with family members.
The commitment to continuously professionally develop and the art of doing so is a key skill that is appropriately emphasised in CIT.”