- Liaises with other health and social care professionals and agencies to identify those in need and at risk within the local community.
- Interviews individuals and groups to assess and review the nature and extent of difficulties.
- Undertakes and writes up assessments to specified standards.
- Arranges for further counselling or assistance in the form of financial or material help.
- Organises support and develops care plans to address service users.
- Keeps case records, prepares reports and participates in team meetings.
- Gives evidence in court.
- Participates in training and supervision.
Typical Education Level
Social work is a regulated profession and practitioners must be registered with the appropriate statutory body. To register a social worker must satisfy the criteria for registration. Non-graduates must undertake a three-year degree in social work; graduates with relevant experience may take a two-year postgraduate diploma/Masters degree. Prior relevant work experience or relevant voluntary work is encouraged. Background checks including a CRB check are required.
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 19% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers
*This is based on national data
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for social worker is £32,175
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,691. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, 333 jobs have been posted for social worker roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £32,175 per year. That is about £2,681 per month or £16.50 per hour. New workers generally start on £20,963, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £42,491
Is it growing or declining?
This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,691 people are employed in the region.