Social Worker

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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:


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 range from about £31,500 to £37,500, rising to up to around £39,000 a year. Senior social workers earn up to around £45,000 a year.


Getting In

What Does it Take?

You need to be able to:

You should be:


Getting On



The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Association of Social Workers (Scotland)
Tel: 0131 221 9445
Website (2):
Twitter: @ScotsSW

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
Tel: 0345 60 30 891
Website (2):
Twitter: @SSSCnews

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