Profession social worker

Social workers are practice-based professionals who promote social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. They interact with individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities in order to provide various forms of therapy and counselling, group work, and community work. Social workers guide people to use services to claim benefits, access community resources, find jobs and training, obtain legal advice or deal with other local authority departments.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Legal requirements in the social sector

    The prescribed legislative and regulatory requirements in the social sector.

  • Social work theory

    The development and characteristics of social work theories underpinned by social sciences and humanities.

  • Company policies

    The set of rules that govern the activity of a company.

  • Social sciences

    The development and characteristics of sociological, anthropological, psychological, political, and social policy theories.

  • Social justice

    The development and principles of human rights and social justice and the way they should be applied on a case by case basis.

Skills

  • Apply person-centred care

    Treat individuals as partners in planning, developing and assessing care, to make sure it is appropriate for their needs. Put them and their caregivers at the heart of all decisions.

  • Apply organisational techniques

    Employ a set of organisational techniques and procedures which facilitate the achievement of the set goals set such as detailed planning of personnel's schedules. Use these resources efficiently and sustainably, and show flexibility when required.

  • Adhere to organisational guidelines

    Adhere to organisational or department specific standards and guidelines. Understand the motives of the organisation and the common agreements and act accordingly.

  • Manage ethical issues within social services

    Apply social work ethical principles to guide practice and manage complex ethical issues, dilemmas and conflicts in accordance to occupational conduct, the ontology and the code of ethics of the social services occupations, engaging in ethical decision making by applying standards of national and - as applicable - international codes of ethics or statements of principles.

  • Refer social service users

    Make referrals to other professionals and other organisations, based on the social service users' requirements and needs.

  • Apply decision making within social work

    Take decisions when called for, staying within the limits of granted authority and considering the input from the service user and other caregivers.

  • Apply anti-oppressive practices

    Identify oppression in societies, economies, cultures, and groups, acting as a professional in an non-oppressive way, enabling service users to take action to improve their lives and enabling citizens to change their environment in accordance with their own interests.

  • Consider social impact of actions on service users

    Act according to the political, social and cultural contexts of social service users, considering the impact of certain actions on their social well being.

  • Apply case management

    Assess, plan, facilitate, coordinate, and advocate for options and services on behalf of a person.

  • Provide social counselling

    Assist and guide social service users to resolve personal, social or psychological problems and difficulties.

  • Conduct interview in social service

    Induce clients, colleagues, executives, or public officials to talk fully, freely, and truthfully, so as to explore the interviewee`s experiences, attitudes, and opinions.

  • Develop professional network

    Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.

  • Cooperate at inter-professional level

    Cooperate with people in other sectors in relation to social service work.

  • Tolerate stress

    Maintain a temperate mental state and effective performance under pressure or adverse circumstances.

  • Promote social change

    Promote changes in relationships between individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities by taking into consideration and coping with unpredictable changes, at the micro, macro and mezzo level.

  • Work within communities

    Establish social projects aimed at community development and active citizen participation.

  • Make legislation transparent for users of social services

    Inform and explain the legislation for users of social services, in order to help them understand the implications it has on them and how to use it for their interest.

  • Report on social development

    Report results and conclusions on society's social development in an intelligible way, presenting these orally and in written form to a range of audiences from non-experts to experts.

  • Negotiate with social service users

    Discuss with your client to establish fair conditions, building on a bond of trust, reminding the client that the work is in their favour and encouraging their cooperation.

  • Meet standards of practice in social services

    Practice social care and social work in a lawful, safe and effective way according to standards.

  • Work in partnership with social services users

    Help social service users identify and express their expectations and strengths, providing them with information and advice to make informed decisions about their circumstances. Work with individuals, families, groups, communities to achieve change and improve life opportunities.

  • Address problems critically

    Identify the strengths and weaknesses of various abstract, rational concepts, such as issues, opinions, and approaches related to a specific problematic situation in order to formulate solutions and alternative methods of tackling the situation.

  • Assess social service users' situation

    Assess the social situation of service users situation balancing curiosity and respect in the dialogue, considering their families, organisations and communities and the associated risks and identifying the needs and resources, in order to meet physical, emotional and social needs.

  • Develop professional identity in social work

    Strive to provide the appropriate services to social work clients while staying within a professional framework, understanding what the work means in relation to other professionals and taking into account the specific needs of your clients.

  • Communicate with social service users

    Use verbal, non-verbal, written, and electronic communication. Pay attention to the specific social service users' needs, characteristics, abilities, preferences, age, developmental stage, and culture.

  • Promote service users' rights

    Supporting client`s rights to control his or her life, making informed choices about the services they receive, respecting and, where appropriate, promoting the individual views and wishes of both the client and his or her caregivers.

  • Have computer literacy

    Utilise computers, IT equipment and modern day technology in an efficient way.

  • Demonstrate leadership in social service cases

    Take the lead in the practical handling of social work cases and activities.

  • Work in a multicultural environment in health care

    Interact, relate and communicate with individuals from a variety of different cultures, when working in a healthcare environment.

  • Listen actively

    Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.

  • Prevent social problems

    Prevent social problems from developing, defining and implementing actions that can prevent social problems, striving for the enhancement of the quality of life for all citizens.

  • Apply crisis intervention

    Respond methodologically to a disruption or breakdown in the normal or usual function of a person, family, group or community.

  • Reflect on practice

    Routinely evaluate own practice, critically evaluating and monitoring the practice methods and outcomes in consistent, coherent and appropriate ways, being aware of relevant methodologies and utilising feedback from managers, supervisors, other professionals, and patients/clients, in order to adapt the practice accordingly.

  • 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.

  • Apply quality standards in social services

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

  • Relate empathetically

    Recognise, understand and share emotions and insights experienced by another.

  • Manage stress in organisation

    Cope with sources of stress and cross-pressure in one's own professional life, such as occupational, managerial, institutional and personal stress, and help others do the same so as to promote the well-being of your colleagues and avoid burn-out.

  • Involve service users and carers in care planning

    Assess the preferences and needs of individuals in relation to their care or support, and involve families or carers in supporting the development and implementation of care or support plans and contributing to the review of these plans.

  • Review social service plan

    Review social service plans, taking your service users' views and preferences into account. Follow up on the plan, assessing the quantity and quality of services provided.

  • Contribute to protecting individuals from harm

    Use established processes and procedures to challenge and report dangerous, abusive, discriminatory or exploitative behaviour and practice, bringing any such behaviour to the attention of the employer or the appropriate authority.

  • Apply problem solving in social service

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

  • Advocate for social service users

    Speak for and on behalf of service users, using communicative skills and knowledge of relevant fields to assist those less advantaged.

  • Manage social crisis

    Identify, respond and motivate individuals in social crisis situations, in a timely manner, making use of all resources.

  • Apply socially just working principles

    Work in accordance with management and organisational principles and values focusing on human rights and social justice.

  • Communicate professionally with colleagues in other fields

    Communicate professionally and cooperate with members of the other professions in the health and social services sector.

  • Delegate activities

    Delegate activities and tasks to others according to the ability, level of preparation, competence and legal scope of practice. Make sure that people understand what they should do and when they should do it.

  • Build helping relationship with social service users

    Develop a collaborative helping relationship, addressing any ruptures or strains in the relationship, fostering bonding and gaining service users` trust and cooperation through empathic listening, caring, warmth and authenticity.

  • Accept own accountability

    Accept accountability for one`s own professional activities and recognise the limits of one`s own scope of practice and competencies.

  • Undertake continuous professional development in social work

    Undertake continuous professional development (CPD) to continuously update and develop knowledge, skills and competences within one`s scope of practice in social work.

  • Plan social service process

    Plan the social service process, defining the objective and considering the methods of implementation, identifying and accessing available resources, such as time, budget, personnel and defining indicators to evaluate the outcome.

  • Apply holistic approach within social services

    Consider the social service user in any situation, recognising the connections between micro-dimension, meso-dimension, and macro-dimension of social problems, social development and social policies.

  • Maintain records of work with service users

    Maintain accurate, concise, up-to-date and timely records of the work with service users while complying with legislation and policies related to privacy and security.

  • Handle conflicts

    Mediate in conflicts and tense situations by acting between parties, such as service users, important others like families, and institutions, striving to effect an agreement, reconciliate, and resolve problems.

  • Protect vulnerable social service users

    Intervene to provide physical, moral and psychological support to people in dangerous or difficult situations and to remove to a place of safety where appropriate.

  • Deliver social services in diverse cultural communities

    Deliver services which are mindful of different cultural and language traditions, showing respect and validation for communities and being consistent with policies regarding human rights and equality and diversity.

  • Empower social service users

    Enable individuals, families, groups and communities to gain more control over their lives and environment, either by themselves or with the help of others.

  • Follow health and safety precautions in social care practices

    Ensure hygienic work practice, respecting the safety of the environment at day care, residential care settings and care at home.

  • Organise social work packages

    Create a package of social support services according to the service user`s needs and in line with specified standards, regulations and timescales.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

manage volunteers personality development theories develop course outline manage a social work unit support the positiveness of youths work with healthcare users' social network monitor developments in field of expertise assess clients' drug and alcohol addictions restorative justice illegal substances social entreprise migration promote the safeguarding of young people facilitate teamwork between students assist students with their dissertation act discreetly learning needs analysis assist the homeless teamwork principles advise on mental health prepare lesson content counselling methods provide domestic care pedagogy support social service users to manage their financial affairs work in multidisciplinary health teams advise on social security benefits adolescent psychological development job market offers show consideration for student's situation provide immigration advice support social service users at the end of life tackle issues that block academic progress disability care support social service users to live at home apply knowledge of human behaviour assist families in crisis situations assist in the organisation of school events advise on conflict management guarantee students' safety prepare youths for adulthood apply teaching strategies provide technical expertise disability types evaluate older adults' ability to take care of themselves scientific research methodology promote mental health behavioural disorders consult student's support system supervise educational staff serve on academic committee perform playground surveillance oversee extra-curricular activities communication maintain records of phone calls work on the effects of abuse family law curriculum objectives provide community development services assess the development of youth apply intercultural teaching strategies assess social work students support individuals to adjust to physical disability use computer telephony integration plan learning curriculum arrange in-home services for patients promote youth work in the local community psychological effects of war work with social service users in a group crime victims' rights older adults' needs monitor educational developments liaise with educational staff perform classroom management crisis intervention keep records of attendance perform street interventions in social work promote human rights university procedures supervise staff support victims of human rights violations cooperate with education professionals analyse call performance trends provide victim assistance compile course material adapt teaching to target group developmental psychology provide information on school services assist with funeral planning geriatrics secondary school procedures primary school procedures stages of bereavement provide career counselling employment law manage resources for educational purposes handle humanitarian response programs address public health issues comply with legislation related to health care work with virtual learning environments develop social security programmes identify skills gaps conduct scholarly research work with patterns of psychological behaviour assist students with equipment perform educational testing therapy in health care assist students in their learning teach principles of social work carry out social work research supervise students in social services criminal law publish academic research apply foreign languages in social services communicate by use of interpretation in social services court procedures monitor student's behaviour identify mental health issues implement scientific decision making in healthcare liaise with educational support staff strategies for handling cases of sexual assault supervise doctoral students embrace multiculturalism support migrants to integrate in the receiving country school psychology raise awareness on issues important for the local community end of life care adult education inform on the risks of substance and alcohol abuse psychological counselling methods counsel students public housing legislation conduct qualitative research discuss research proposals write work-related reports social security law present reports client-centred counselling provide lesson materials conduct field work immigration law maintain privacy of service users humanitarian aid actors empower individuals, families and groups apply scientific methods communicate on the youth's well-being communicate by telephone rehabilitation establish collaborative relations support children's wellbeing dependency on drugs child protection legal compensation for victims of crime consultation health care system promote social security programmes personal development assessment processes advise on social enterprise give constructive feedback advocate for healthcare users' needs social pedagogy support volunteers provide social guidance over the phone advise on training courses assess students engage with offenders perform fundraising activities government social security programmes counsel on end-of-life care assist children with special needs in education settings crime victims' needs participate in scientific colloquia use clinical assessment techniques demonstrate when teaching support juvenile victims learning difficulties education law funding methods provide testimony in court hearings strategies for handling cases of elder abuse community education supervision of persons assess offenders' risk behaviour maintain telephony system help clients cope with grief social mediation conduct quantitative research build community relations develop curriculum develop a collaborative therapeutic relationship special needs education support children who have experienced trauma communicate with youth diagnosis of mental health issues

Common job titles

  • Clinical care coordinator-2
  • Trainer / consultant
  • Social service supervisor
  • Social worker
  • Program specialist
  • College mental health program therapist
  • Placement coordinator - social work
  • Social services specialist
  • School social worker
  • Social worker - children's defense team