Student Handbook Introduction

Bryson Care Practice Learning Handbook.


This handbook has two main purposes.  Firstly, and primarily, they are intended to assist students undertaking the Degree in Social Work who are completing one of their practice learning periods with Bryson Care Designated Practice Learning Centres (DPLC).  This agency is committed to making this a positive, enjoyable and challenging learning experience for students in helping us and our other partner voluntary sector agencies provide a quality social work service. 

Secondly, the guidance contained in this handbook will also be a resource for those who will be educating and assessing students and also for on-site facilitators and line managers who, as well as contributing to the development and assessment of students, will oversee and be accountable for the work that they carry out.

In this Handbook we have condensed the large amount of information contained in the Regional PLO Handbook Part 1 & 2 prepared by the Northern Ireland Degree in Social Work Partnership.  We have placed this guidance within the context of practice learning within Bryson and our other partner Voluntary Sector agencies.  This guideline cannot, however, replace the handbook which provides all the necessary information, tools and pro-formas required for the practice learning period.  The handbook can be accessed from the Northern Ireland Degree in Social Work Partnership website –    

All students must ensure that before they commence PLO that their Access NI Enhanced Disclosure Check has been completed and that they are registered with NISCC. Those students using a car on placement must ensure they have obtained the correct car insurance. (Please refer to the Regional Practice Learning Handbook Part 1 which can be accessed from       

Further information is on our website

Some helpful websites below:

Northern Ireland Social Care Council

The Northern Ireland Degree in Social Work Partnership


If you are a final year student and moving on to employment the NISCC website will give you advice on registration and AYE.

Key Contact

Siobhán Wylie (PLC Belfast)

(028) 9032 5835
Practice Learning Centre Manager
2 Rivers Edge
13-15 Ravenhill Road Belfast BT6 8DN

Caoimhe Harkin-MacDermott (PLC L/Derry)

Tel: (028) 7132 1987
Mob: 07803 833382
Practice Learning Centre Manager
Practice Block 1, First Floor
Glendermott Valley Business Park
Tullyally Road, Drumahoe
Derry-Londonderry BT47 3QR
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