Career outlook for social worker
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would give advice and support to vulnerable adults and children to help them improve their lives.
You could support a wide range of clients, such as:
- Children and parents
- Older people
- People with physical or learning disabilities
- People with mental health problems
- Young people in care
- Homeless people
- People moving towards independent living
- People with drug or alcohol problems
- Foster carers and adoptive parents
- People in the criminal justice system
You would specialise in working either with children and families, or with adults.
- Assess each client
- Protect adults and/or children from harm
- Build strong relationships with clients
- Respond to requests for help
- Agree what support someone needs (and make decisions for them if needed, for example in child protection cases)
- Act as a key worker, organising other staff involved in giving support
- Offer information, counselling and advocacy
- Organise and manage support plans
- Take part in team meetings and case conferences
- Manage team members and volunteers
- Keep records and write reports
- Give evidence at court hearings, when required
You would work closely with other agencies and professionals, such as health workers, youth workers, teachers, the police and the prison service.
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- Verbal communication
- Social conscience
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