Social Care Council Pilot for Level 2 Certificate - Social Care Worker Starter Survey - Spring 2024

Closed 30 Apr 2024

Opened 25 Mar 2024


This survey is for new social care workers who are enrolled in the Northern Ireland Social Care Council pilot project for the Level 2 Certificate in Safe and Effective Practice. It is the first of three surveys which all participants must complete as they progress through the certificate programme.  

Responses to this initial survey will provide an estimate of each participant’s knowledge of the topics which make up the new certificate.  Two further surveys will be used to track development of the participant’s knowledge and understanding as they complete they progress through the certificate programme.  Feedback from all those involved in the pilot will help identify any areas of improvement required before the certificate is made widely available across Northern Ireland.

Participants are being asked to complete this survey within one week of starting their Certificate training. For those who need any assistance to complete the survey, or would like more information about the evaluation of the pilot, please email Andre McKeown, Social Care Council Evaluation Manager, at for advice.

Why your views matter

Development of this new Level 2 Certificate in Safe and Effective Practice is part of our work to raise standards in social care and support the development of the workforce.  This certificate includes all the mandatory training that new workers must complete when they are completing induction for their role in social care.  It has been designed to provide a recognised qualification for new social care workers as they get started in their social care career.  Feedback from participants involved in this pilot will help us ensure the new certificate meets the needs of new social care workers, their employers and the people they provide social care services for.

What happens next

This was survey was open from 25 March -30 April 2024.  Responses have been used to improve the content and delivery of the  Level 2 Certificate in Safe and Effective Practice for social care workers

Please contact our Evaluation Manager if you need further information about these surveys.


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  • Carers
  • General Public
  • Advocate groups
  • Community/Voluntary sector organisations
  • Health and social care providers – statutory
  • Health and social care providers – non-statutory
  • Health and social care staff
  • Health and social care regulators
  • Staff representatives/Unions


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