Profession social services policy officer

Social services policy officers research, analyse and develop social services policies and implement these policies and services to improve circumstances of disadvantaged and vulnerable members of society such as children and elderly people. They work in the administration of social services and stay in contact with organisations and other stakeholders and provide them with regular updates.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Impact of social contexts on health

    The social and cultural contexts of individuals` behaviours, and the impact on their health within their social and cultural context.

  • Government social security programmes

    The different areas of social security provided by the government, the different rights which citizens have, which benefits are available, the rules which regulate social security and the different situations in which they apply.

Skills

  • Advise on social service process

    Advise social service organisations on the development and implementation of plans for the provision of social services, determining the objectives, and managing resources and facilities.

  • Manage government policy implementation

    Manage the operations of the implementation of new government policies or changes in existing policies on a national or regional level as well as the staff involved in the implementation procedure..

  • Promote inclusion

    Promote inclusion in health care and social services and respect diversity of beliefs, culture, values and preferences, keeping in mind the importance of equality and diversity issues.

  • Negotiate with social service stakeholders

    Negotiate with government institutions, other social workers, family and caregivers, employers, landlords, or landladies to obtain the most suitable result for your client.

  • Advise on legislative acts

    Advise officials in a legislature on the propositioning of new bills and the consideration of items of legislation.

  • Apply quality standards in social services

    Apply quality stardards in social services while upholding social work values and principles.

  • Apply problem solving in social service

    Systematically apply a step-by-step problem-solving process in providing social services.

  • Evaluate social work program's impact

    Collect data to evaluate the impact of the program on the community.

  • Develop social security programmes

    Develop programmes and policies which aim to protect citizens and grant them rights in order to aid them, such as providing unemployment and family benefits, as well as to prevent misuse of government-provided aid.

Optional knowledge and skills

report on social development social justice government policy promote social security programmes project management liaise with local authorities manage several projects organise social work packages maintain relationships with government agencies social work theory evaluate staff performance in social work manage a social work unit analyse community needs create solutions to problems