Social work jobs are often much misunderstood, because social workers often end up in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. We all know that the media – tabloids especially – loves to tell a tale of tragedy and misbehaviour. But the old maxim – when you do something right, people won’t know you’ve done anything at all – might well apply to social worker jobs. Well, at least in the sense that it is unlikely for there to be headlines in the papers about what great things are being done to benefit society by people in social services jobs: it is much more likely that they will focus on the one bad example that is not at all representative of social workers in general.
But the truth is that when a social worker does his or her job well – and the majority of them do, regardless of what the papers might say – it does get noticed. Not by the journalists, cameramen or news reporters, but by the people that social work jobs are there for. It seems that amidst all of the scandalising of community jobs, especially in the public sector, most people have lost the concept of what social work actually is, and what social services jobs actually do for the communities around the country.
A social worker is there for lots of different sorts of people – perhaps another reason why most people do not have a very clear idea of what a social or care worker does. But the common thread lies in the reality that a lot of people in this country – and indeed in every country – are in a state of crisis in one form or another. Social workers are there to help them out of their crises, and therefore the job of a social worker can be as varied as the issues of the people being helped.
A significant proportion – just over half – of social services jobs are to do with supporting young people and their families. But there are several other categories of people that are helped by people in social worker jobs. They include the elderly, drug addicts and alcohol abusers, people with learning disabilities or other mental health afflictions, and young offenders. Social work jobs involve a range of activities. For instance, workers maintain regular contact with service users, in order to be able to advocate for them or to offer counselling support. They also write up reports, often in partnership with medical staff to evaluate service users’ needs.
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