Social workers are trained to support people facing a wide range of difficult circumstances. They are responsible for looking at an individual’s circumstances and making recommendations around helping that person. They take on cases, and are responsible for caseloads.

The job includes agreeing what practical support a person needs, offering information and counselling, building relationships and supervising team members.

Social workers work closely with lots of different organisations to make recommendations about people’s safety and wellbeing.

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To become a social worker, people need to study a three-year undergraduate degree, or a two-year post graduate degree, in social work.