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Medical Care Staffing
Published
17th May 2018
Job Type
Category

Description

Responsibilities

  • Many social workers work with young people and their families. You might also 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
  • the homeless.

Tasks typically involve:

  • 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.

Qualifications

  • Social work is a graduate profession and you will need either an honours or a postgraduate degree in social work to find employment. The degree will need to be approved by one of the four regulators. These are:
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) - in England
  • Social Care Wales - in Wales
  • Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) - in Northern Ireland
  • Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) - in Scotland.
  • Although the diploma in social work (DipSW) and other previous social work qualifications are still recognised as valid social work qualifications, they are no longer offered to new entrants.
  • If you have an HND or foundation degree you will require an undergraduate degree in social work, although the following subjects may improve your chances of entering the profession:
  • legal studies
  • politics, government or public administration
  • social care
  • social sciences.
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