Careers in Social Work

Social workers form relationships with people. As a counsellor, advocate, or listener, adviser, a social worker helps people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems.

Social work also involves engaging with an entire range of people. Not only with clients themselves but their families, peers and friends as well as working closely with other organisations including the police, NHS, schools and probation service.

There is a specific status associated with the job title “social worker”. Social workers are professional and qualified who assess the needs of service users and plan the individual packages of care and support that best help them.

Before becoming a social worker, it involves studying at honours degree level in social work and registering with the General Social Care Council. Almost all social workers start their careers with experience in social care.

Adult care positions

Roles include working with people with mental health problems or learning difficulties in residential care; working with offenders, by supervising them in the community and supporting them to find work; assisting people with HIV/AIDs and working with older people at home helping to sort out problems with their health, housing or benefits.

Children & young people

Roles for children and young people social care include providing assistance and advice to keep families together; working in children’s homes; managing adoption and foster care processes; providing support to younger people leaving care or who are at risk or in trouble with the law; or helping children who have problems at school or are facing difficulties brought on by illness in the family.

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