To become an excellent social worker you will need to be caring, patient and resilient. This rewarding career allows you to support children and families through difficult situations. You will protect children from harm and ensure they can live and study in a safe environment.
Social workers have to make tough decisions and put the best interests of children first. You will work in many different ways to support families and community groups. You could work in people’s homes, nurseries, schools or colleges or hospitals.
This is a challenging job but gives you the chance to make a positive impact in people’s lives. Once qualified, you could be supported by social work assistants and you will work closely with other professionals in health and social care.
As a social worker you will have to
Once you complete this career package you can go on to study at university or start working as a social worker. Most social workers specialise in a particular area which includes education, healthcare, mental health, nursery age or homelessness.
You may move between these specialisms throughout your career or choose to work with just one group.
As you gain more experience, you will move from working directly with families to managing a team and dealing with budgets, resources and managing issues.
Social workers can also become a practice educator which means you are involved in the supervision and management of social work students or trainees.
You could also become a teacher in one of the related social work subjects.
Choose three A-Levels, including either Sociology or Psychology, to study as part of this career package.
Choose one of these courses to study as part of this career package.