Social workers work with individuals and families to help live more successfully. As a social worker, you will work with people to find solutions to their problems. This may be helping to protect vulnerable people from harm or abuse or supporting people to live independently.
You will engage with clients, their families and others around them. You'll work with different client groups including the elderly, children with disabilities, teenagers with mental health problems, young offenders, adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems or physical disabilities, people with alcohol, drug or other substance misuse problems, refugees and asylum seekers, families at risk of breaking down, children who need to live apart from their families, foster carers and adopters, children who are at risk of abuse or neglect and carers.
An important part of the work is building a professional relationship with the client so that you and the social worker and client can work together to make changes.
As well as working with clients and their families and other carers, social workers work with other agencies including the police, local authority departments, schools and the probation service.
You may be based in a hospital or healthcare centre or in an office elsewhere, sometimes with a team of other social workers. Wherever you're based, you will spend a lot of time visiting clients.
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