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Social Worker

What does a Social Worker do?

Social workers support individuals and their families through difficult times and ensure that vulnerable people, including children and adults, are safeguarded from harm. Their role is to help in improve outcomes in people's lives. Careers can be in the charity sector or specialist roles, such as providing support for drug and alcohol users, homeless people and people with mental health issues.

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What skills does a Social Worker need?

  • Resilience to be able to deal with difficult situations
  • A flexible attitude and the ability to adapt to evolving roles, tasks and situations
  • The ability to understand different points of view
  • The ability to make good decisions under pressure and use your initiative
  • Strong observation and active listening skills
  • Understanding and sensitivity when dealing with difficult situations
  • Patience and the ability to remain calm in a crisis
  • The ability to absorb legal and procedural information
  • Knowledge of psychology
  • Negotiation skills and the ability to mediate and interpret on behalf of service users
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to work autonomously
  • Empathy and a desire to improve the quality of someone’s life
  • The ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • A non-judgmental approach to work
  • Ability to think on your feet
  • The ability to work well with other health and social care professionals.

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