Social workers form relationships with people and assist them to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems. Social work involves engaging not only with clients themselves but their families and friends as well as working closely with other organisations including the police, local authority departments, schools and the probation service.
Social work can be a stressful career, you need to be well organised as there is a significant level of administrative work - and time management skills are crucial. A social worker is expected to assess, review and maintain records of specific cases, all within certain timeframes whilst achieving set standards of care and providing service users and their families with the help they need.
The role and duties of a social worker are broad and varied, but generally they include the provision of guidance and support, with a main focus on allowing the service user to eventually support themselves as much as possible. A social worker has a specific role and must register with the Social Care Council in order to work as a social worker. Social workers also have to show that they have undertaken the required training and development. There are some tasks that only a registered social worker employed by a local authority may undertake. These include: •Undertaking child protection investigations.
•Undertaking initial, core, foster and adoption assessments. •Developing and driving the Child Protection (or CIN) plan. •Initiating legal proceedings to apply for a range of orders including admitting children to the care system and placing them for adoption.
There are various routes to becoming a social worker, but you will need to gain a professional qualification in social work (usually at degree level) either on a full-time or part-time basis. This is offered at undergraduate and postgraduate master’s level. It is also possible to take a degree course combining social work with mental health or learning disability nursing.
To become a social worker, you will need a social work degree. The degree course takes 3 years to complete in England, Wales and Northern Ireland - and 4 years in Scotland. Before being accepted onto a social work degree course, you will need to demonstrate that you understand what social work is about and have had some kind of experience in social work or social care. Your previous experience could be paid work experience in a related field such as a carer or it could be voluntary experience within a care or social work setting. It will help you to assess your own strengths and weaknesses, as well as providing an understanding of just what sort of work is involved in a career as a social worker. Demand for social work degree places is extremely high so the better your grades and the quality of your relevant experience, the more chance you will have of gaining a place. To get a place on a social work degree course in England you will need: A minimum of 5 GCSE's at grade A* to C - two of these MUST be English and Maths •You will also need a minimum of 2 A levels
At some universities this requirement can be higher. You will need to check the requirements at the university of your choice. Middlesex university, London: Admission to the MA Social Work degree at Middlesex University requires a higher second class honours degree or above (i.e. 2:1 or above). Ability to pass written and numeracy tests at GCSE grade C level (tested as part of the selection process). The university of Northampton: Applicants must have grade C GCSE mathematics and grade C English or equivalent. A typical offer would be 260-300 UCAS tariff points.
National Salary Data
National Salary Data
Salary£19,196 - £32,666
Bonus£0.00 - £3,013
Total Pay £19,166 -...