CORU (Health & Social Care Professionals Council) is the body responsible for regulating health and social care professions established under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act, 2005. CORU’s role is to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct, professional education, training and competence amongst Health and Social Care professions.
CORU is currently establishing Registration Boards for twelve professions including Social Care Workers. The Social Care Workers’ Registration Board was established in April 2015; however, as yet, Registration has not opened for Social Care Workers. Registration for Social Care Workers, once opened, will require that any individual wishing to use the title of “Social Care Worker” will be legally required to register with CORU.
Further information on the registration process can be found at www.coru.ie.
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Information Guide on CORU is available here.
Click here for information on Fitness to Practise.
Update on the Registration of Social Care Workers
The Social Care Workers Registration Board was established in March 2015. From its establishment the Board recognised the significant scope of work to be undertaken in order to open its register. Unlike other professions regulated by CORU to date, social care workers had not been subject to external regulation to date. As a result, the Board were required to undertake the necessary foundational work to implement statutory regulation for social care workers. The importance of this preparatory work is essential to set the correct standards and assure protection of the public.
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CORU have commenced recruitment for Social Care Work Academics and Practitioners who may wish to apply for reviews teams who facilitate programme approval on behalf of the Social Care Workers Registration Board..
Further information on the role of a reviewer and an application form can be accessed here.
The Social Care Workers Registration Board will be undertaking approval of social care work education and training programmes under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (as amended)..
It is anticipated the programme approval for social care work education will commence in mid-2019. Review teams constituting social care work academics, practitioners and members of the public assist the Registration Board with this work. CORU are also currently recruiting for Chairs and Public Interest Representatives to participate in programme approval review teams across professions regulated by CORU.
Further information on the role of Chair and an application form can be accessed here.
Further information on the role of Public Interest Representative and an application form can be accessed here.
Social Care Ireland Statutory Registration Awareness Survey
Social Care Ireland conducted a needs analysis survey in relation to the impending introduction of registration for social care workers. This was to establish if there is information around registration that Social Care Ireland can provide to individuals and organisations, which would assist in understanding registration and its implications. To view the findings from this research click here
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Social Care Workers Criteria and Standards for Education Providers
The Social Care Workers Registration Board launched the Standards of Proficiency for Social Care Workers and Criteria for Education and Training Programmes on the 31 May, 2017. To access click here.
Health and Social Care Professionals (Amendment) Act 2017
The Health an Social Care Professionals Act 2005 was amended in 2017. To access click here.
This is a qualification listed in Schedule 3 of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (As Amended) for existing practitioners under Section 91.
If you have one of the qualifications below you can apply to register with CORU during the two year period after a Register opens. Once the transitional period is over, only qualifications approved by a Registration Board will be considered. Schedule 3 Qualification. To access click here.