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Social Worker

Social worker in a family's home

Social workers safeguard the needs of vulnerable people who may be at risk from harm or abuse, or have social and emotional problems. They provide support and organise social services to enable people to improve their lives or become more independent.

The Work

There are two main types of social worker:

As either a field or residential social worker you might work with adults, children and families, older people, people with disabilities or mental health problems, offenders or those with addiction problems. In all cases you could be:

Depending on your clients you could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Salaries for social workers in Scotland vary depending on the local authority you work for. Starting salaries for qualified social workers are around £31,000 a year, rising to between £38,000 and £40,000 a year. Senior social workers can earn up to around £45,000 a year or more.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Useful Subjects

Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
9842
0.5 %
RISE
2029
9887
  United Kingdom
2024
85376
2.4 %
RISE
2029
87419

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What Does it Take?

You need to be able to:

You should be:

Training

Getting On

Video

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Association of Social Workers (Scotland)
Tel: 0131 221 9445
Website: https://www.basw.co.uk/scotland/
Website (2): https://www.basw.co.uk/
Twitter: @ScotsSW
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BASW.UK

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
Tel: 0345 60 30 891
Website: http://www.sssc.uk.com/
Website (2): https://learn.sssc.uk.com/careers/
Twitter: @SSSCnews
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesssc

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