The Increasing Importance of UK Social Workers

14/12/2022

The role of social workers in the UK is undergoing a transition period. In 2023, the government has committed to increasing the number of social workers in the country by 25%. This increase is in response to the growing number of families and individuals who require assistance. 

The government has also pledged to invest £1.3 billion in social work over the next five years. This investment will be used to improve the quality of training and support for social workers, as well as to increase salaries and create more job opportunities. 

This blog will explore the reasons behind the government's decision to invest in social work and will outline the benefits that this increase in funding will bring. First though, let’s look at how an MA Social Work degree at the University of Bolton can support your career ambitions in a rewarding industry. 

Course Highlights  

If you are an ambitious graduate with a caring personality, you could be a perfect candidate for a top social worker. The MA Social Work course is designed to offer students the skills they need to excel in a successful career supporting people in complex and challenging situations. We do this by combining University learning with work-based practice placements and ongoing professional skills development using a teaching-intensive, research-informed approach. Let's see how our master’s degree in social work stands out:  

- We offer 200 days of practice-based learning opportunities; arranging two work placements that total 170 days, with an additional 30 skills development days that take place on-campus 

- You will benefit from guest lectures from social work specialists; including key allied health and social care practitioners, senior managers, and policymakers  

- You will receive support from our dedicated lecturers who will guide you as you develop your critical thinking and research skills, and apply these to your independent postgraduate projects  

- We will support you in learning strategies and techniques that will help you build your professional and emotional resilience; skills that will help you successfully manage any difficult situation you will face  

social work studentReasons for Investing in Social Work 

There are several reasons why the UK government has decided to invest more money in social work: 

Its role in supporting vulnerable members of society 

Firstly, it is recognised that social work plays a vital role in supporting some of the most vulnerable members of society. This includes children, families, and individuals who are dealing with difficult personal circumstances such as mental illness or addiction. 

Its role in the UK health and social care system 

Secondly, social work is an important part of the country's health and care system. In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on preventive care and early intervention. Social workers play a key role in providing these services, which can help to reduce costs associated with treatment down the line.  

Diversity and inclusion 

Thirdly, there is a growing recognition of the importance of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of society. Social workers play a vital role in promoting equality and helping to meet the needs of all members of society, regardless of their background or circumstances. 

Social work is a challenging profession 

Finally, it is widely accepted that social work is a demanding and challenging profession. Social workers often deal with difficult situations daily, and they need to be properly trained and supported in order to provide high-quality services. 

Benefits of Investing in Social Work 

The increased investment in social work will bring several benefits for both social workers and the people they serve. Firstly, it will allow for more social workers to be recruited and trained. This will mean that there are more people available to provide support to vulnerable members of society. Secondly, it will lead to improved working conditions for social workers. This includes things like better salaries, more job security, and improved training opportunities. Thirdly, it will allow for more innovative and effective ways of working to be developed. This could include new technologies or approaches that can help social workers to better meet the needs of their clients. Lastly, it will result in improved outcomes for the people who use social work services. This means that more people will be able to access the support they need when they need it, which can lead to better long-term outcomes such as improved mental health or reduced risk of reoffending.  

Overall, it’s clear that investing in social work is essential if we want to ensure that all members of society can access high-quality support when they need it most. 

If you want to find out more about studying MA Social Work at the University of Bolton, click here to see our full course details 

You can also contact us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on 01204 903807 to get all your questions answered; our team are here to help. 

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