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How to become a Social Work Assistant

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What does a Social Work Assistant do?

The role of a social work assistant is to support the social worker in their duties. Social work involves offering advice, counselling, support and protection to a wide range of people within the community, in hospitals, and other settings. Social work assistants work to support families under stress, the elderly, the disabled, people with mental health problems, the homeless, and children in need of care and protection.

Social work assistants may work with people based in the community, residential care homes, hostels and patients in hospital.

Working under the supervision of a qualified social worker, the assistant will help with day-to-day tasks, which can include:

  • making contact with clients and setting up appointments
  • carrying out routine visits to assess clients needs
  • keeping up-to-date with changes in legislation
  • arranging and participating in multidisciplinary team meetings
  • liaising with other agencies and following up enquiries. Though social work assistants don't need to be qualified in order to get this job, they may choose to take social work courses so that they can be promoted eventually.

What's the working environment like working as a Social Work Assistant?

Local authorities and agencies, which employ social work assistants, usually offer a 24 hour service and therefore shift work is likely.

If working in the community, much of the time is spent away from the office visiting clients and other agencies. Assistants may also work in residential homes and hospitals.

What does it take to become a Social Work Assistant?

As a social work assistant, you will need:

  • a practical approach to work
  • the ability to empathise with your clients situation
  • to be able to relate to a variety of people
  • the ability to cope with occasional abuse and a lack of co- operation from clients
  • to be observant, patient and determined.

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Further information

If you would like to know anything about Social Work Assistant that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Social Work Careers
Tel: 0845 604 6404
www.socialworkcareers.co.uk

General Social Care Council
Goldings House
2 Hay's Lane
London
SE1 2HB
Tel: 020 7397 5800
Registration helpline: 0845 070 0630
www.gscc.org.uk

Skills for Care (England)
Albion Court
5 Albion Place
Leeds
LS1 6JL
Tel: 0113 245 1716
www.skillsforcare.org.uk

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
Compass House
Discovery Quay
11 Riverside Drive
Dundee
DD1 4NY
Tel: 01382 207101
www.sssc.uk.com

Care Council for Wales (CCW)
7th Floor
South Gate House
Wood Street
Cardiff
CF10 1EW
Tel: 029 2022 6257
www.ccwales.org.uk/

Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC)
7th Floor Millennium House
Great Victoria Street
Belfast
BT2 7AQ
Tel: 028 9041 7600
www.niscc.info/



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