Social workers provide advice and emotional support to help people to adjust to changes in their lives which may be caused by illness, age-related problems, disability or bereavement. They may also work with people living with mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and personality disorders.
The role of the social worker is to work alongside an individual to work out what type of care is needed and to revisit those individuals who use care services to reassess their needs over a period of time.
Social workers usually work as part of a team, responsible for a number of cases which might all need a different approach.
They will also need to work closely with organisations such as the police, health services, schools and probation services.
Social workers require a degree in social work or previous professional qualifications such as Diploma in Social Work, Certificate in Social Services (CCS) and Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW).
For more information on the role of a Social Worker visit the Skills for Care Think Care Careers website.