What skills does a social worker need?
13 Sep 21
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Categories: Social Work, Undergradute
Social work jobs, in particular those that specifically involve working with children can be incredibly challenging. Many roles include working with sensitive issues at what can be particularly difficult times for the families involved. It is however an extremely rewarding field to work in.
There are a number of reasons why someone might consider social work jobs that involve working with children. Being able to keep a family together or a child safe can be a truly wonderful thing. Working with children in the social care system is a varied role and each day will bring with it its own unique set of challenges, with families facing a range of difficulties from drug and alcohol misuse to domestic violence, neglect and even mental health issues. Here, we look at some of the different social care roles you could undertake.
There are a wide range of different roles within the child social care field that people may want to consider. These include:
- Duty and Assessment
- Long Term Care
- Looked After Care
- Leaving Care
- Youth Offenders
- Emergency Care
- Children with Disabilities
- Fostering and Adoption
Each of these roles involves working with children in very different circumstances, and some people will undoubtedly find that there is one particular field that they would be more comfortable working in. It is not uncommon for those in social care roles to move between roles until they find the one that suits them best.
What Attributes are Needed for a Child Social Care Role?
Many of the situations that people in social work jobs will come up against can be very emotional and it is important to be able to separate personal feelings from the job at hand. This allows a person to be truly objective in dealing with the case in the best interests of everyone involved, which is something that is vital in social care work.
The majority of these roles will require a key set of attributes, and these are:
- Being able to work as part of a team
- Using your initiative
- Being able to assess situations in order to take appropriate action
- Resilience in order to be able to cope with challenging case and difficult situations
- Good time management
- Good organisational skills
The right training and qualifications can help to hone many of these skills, but some of them only come over time and with life experience.
BA (Hons) Social Work at the University of Bolton – Caring for our Future
A career in social work is not for everyone. However, if you feel passionately about helping children and families during the most difficult times of their lives, a career in child social work could be incredibly rewarding.
At the University of Bolton, we offer an undergraduate BA (Hons) Social Work course that can pave the way to what could be a life-changing role. Our specialist lecturers can help you gain the knowledge, expertise and skills required for a rewarding career in the social work sector.
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