Social workers tend to specialise in either adult or children's services.
A social worker’s role includes:
- Providing assistance and advice to keep families together
- Working in children's homes
- Managing adoption and foster care processes
- Working with children with disabilities
- Providing support to younger people leaving care
- Providing support to younger people who are at risk or in trouble with the law
- Helping children who have problems at school
- Helping children who are facing difficulties brought on by illness in the family
What is a social worker’s role around children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)?
- Informing us of any children who they think may have SEND
- Ensuring that schools have a contact for seeking social work advice on children who may have SEND
- Coordinating social services advice for any statutory assessments, transition reviews and annual reviews as appropriate
- Ensuring social services provision is made for any children with SEND where appropriate
- Attending annual reviews for ‘Looked After Children’ who hold statements
Who do social workers work for?
Social workers work for a range of organisations – mainly Local Authorities, independent organisations and charities, but some also work for the NHS, mental health trusts and other community-based settings.