my ideal career social worker niamh McManus 10A

what is a social worker

Social work is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to help their individual and collective well-being. It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems.

the role of a social worker

Some help arrange adoptions, locate foster families, or work to get families back together. Clinical social workers provide mental health care to help children and families cope with changes in their lives, such as divorce or other family problems.

How much does a newly qualified social worker earn?

A newly qualified social worker could expect to earn up to £20,ooo per annum, this can rise up to £40,000 per annum if you take on additional tasks.

what qualifications does a social worker need?

To get onto a social work degree course you usually need two or three A levels, along with five GCSEs (grades A-C), including English and maths. Or you could have alternative qualifications, including: BTEC, HND or HNC. relevant NVQ.


Many social workers work with young people and their families. They may work with the following groups:

•the elderly;

•people with learning and physical disabilities;

•young offenders;

•people with mental health conditions;

•school non-attenders;

•drug and alcohol abusers;

•homeless people.

tasks involved

•conducting interviews with individuals and families to assess and review their situation;

•undertaking and writing up assessments (sometimes in collaboration with other professionals), which meet specified standards and timescales;

•offering information and support;

•organising and managing packages of support to enable people to lead the fullest lives possible;

•recommending and sometimes making decisions about the best course of action for a particular person or family;

•liaising with, and making referrals to, other agencies;

•participating in multidisciplinary teams and meetings regarding, for example, child protection or mental health;

•maintaining accurate records and preparing reports for legal action;

•giving evidence in court;

•participating in training, supervision and team meetings.

typical working hours

Working hours are normally around 37 hours per week.


•patience and the ability to remain calm in a crisis;


•flexibility to adapt to new roles, tasks and situations;


•strong observation, analytical and listening skills;

•the capacity to absorb legal and procedural information;

•the ability to negotiate, mediate and interpret on behalf of service users;

•good organisational skills to work autonomously and plan meetings for a caseload of clients.

subjects needed

I will need maths, English and science, and two A levels. Relevant ones would include psychology, sociology, and law. A level 3 vocational qualification in health and social care.

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