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Job Description

Social Workers provide help, support and advice to vulnerable people in the community, they work with families and individuals to help them to improve their lives. They will also work closely with other organisations such as schools, hospitals and probation services to ensure that children, older people and vulnerable adults are given the support required to improve their circumstances.

Entry Requirements

You'll need a degree in social work approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

You can study as an undergraduate, which will usually take 3 years full-time. If you've already got a first degree in another subject, you can take a 2 year master’s degree in social work. When you qualify, you must also register with the HCPC.

If your degree isn't in social work, and if it's a 2:1 or above, you could apply to a fast-track training route like Frontline, Think Ahead or Step Up to Social Work.You’ll need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Skills for Care has more information on careers in social work.

Required Skills

  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • The ability to listen and understand and find suitable solutions to situations
  • The ability to relate to people of all ages
  • A non-judgemental attitude
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Tact and perseverance
  • The ability to assess a situation and take appropriate action
  • Good computer literacy and administrative skills

Starting Salary

£24,000 to £25,000

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