A social worker helps individuals, families and groups of people cope with their problems and helps enhance their individual or collective wellbeing. Usually these people are at some sort of disadvantage physically, mentally, economically or socially. There are many different types of social worker and they may work for a private organisation or in the public sector (often known as social services). They can work in settings such as schools, prisons, hospitals or clients’ own homes. They may work on their own with the client or as part of a multidisciplinary team. Example roles include helping recruit foster parents, helping school students adjust to new settings, helping individuals rehabilitate medically or socially, counselling in a community centre, or private counselling. Discover what it’s like to be a social worker below!
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