Social Work at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

Social Workers work closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team to assist children, families and carers in dealing with the emotional and practical consequences of illness or disability. They offer counseling and support- a listening ear if someone is worried and anxious and can advocate on their behalf.

The service provides a link to community support services at discharge planning and will be involved in an assessment of need. They may be able to provide information and practical support in accessing statutory benefits or grants form voluntary agencies.

Social Workers have a statutory responsibility to promote the welfare of children and specifically their protection from abuse and neglect through multidisciplinary co-operation.

How to Access the Service:

The Social Work Team at RBHSC accepts referrals from children and young people, parents/carers and professional staff involved with the child or young person.

Location of the Srvice:

Social workers are based in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact a Social Worker?

Ask ward staff to make the referral for you or call to the Social Work office and speak to the Duty Social Worker.

Will the Social Worker understand my child’s illness or condition?

The Social Workers work in specialist areas and will have knowledge and understanding of your child’s condition.

What can the Social Worker do for me?

The Social Worker will be able to offer emotional and practical supports during your child’s stay in hospital. They can also liaise with the local Trusts for support after discharge if appropriate.