What is a social worker? And where do they fit into looked after child’s life?
- 1 How Can I Become a social worker?
- 2 What it takes to become a social worker
- 3 Duties of a social worker
- 4 How to Become a social worker
- 5 Social worker’s role to a looked after child
- 6 I don’t like my social worker. can i get a new one?
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- a graduate training scheme
To become fully qualified as a social worker. You are required to take a BA (hons) In Social Work, are you qualified enough to study this BA (hons) the entry requirements are:
- 120 UCAS points from A-levels, of which no more than 12 points should come from AS-levels.
Providers may accept some of the following equivalent qualifications:
- BTEC/National Diploma
- CACHE Level 3 diploma
- International Baccalaureate
- Advanced and Progression Diplomas
- An approved Access Diploma in Higher Education (with a minimum of 2 distinctions in the course modules)
- IELTS score of 7 or more with no component being less than 6.5.
There is also a requirement of needing both Maths And English Level C or equivalent and some experiences working within the Health And Social Care Industry working with vulnerable adults or children.
some vital skills needed by social workers are:
- counselling skills (active listening, and a non judgemental approach)
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be flexible and open to change
- knowledge of sociology and an understanding of society and culture
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- active listening skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
- a clean DBS Without any barrings
- offer information and counselling
- put together support plans for clients
- keep records and write reports
- discuss your cases with your supervisors
- support clients’ safety and take the right action to protect them when necessary
- work closely with communities, health professionals and other agencies
- help clients to develop and maintain independent living skills
- hold meetings and assessments with individuals and families to review their situation
once you have achieved the required qualifications / completed your apprenticeship, you can start looking for a job within your Local Authority to become a social worker.
A Social Workers Salary ranges from £33,009 to £60,436 with a median of £37,499 acording to uk.talent.com
a social worker is the case manager and often will have 5 – 15 Looked after children that they are responsible for. the social worker has an important role on making sure all 3rd parties and community services / providers are kept informed. they should always have you at their top priority, and make sure your best interests are met.
you can always make a complaint if your not happy with the social worker who is involved in yours, or your child’s care. you can do this by following your local authorities complaints procedure.
if you feel as if your local authority has not taken your complaint seriously you can report it to your advocate