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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:

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 range from about £29,000 to £33,000 rising to between £34,500 and £37,500 a year. Senior social workers earn around £40,000 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
9657
0 %
RISE
2024
9658
  United Kingdom
2019
76074
0.1 %
RISE
2024
76132

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What Does it Take?

You need to be able to:

You should be:

Training

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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

Disclosure Scotland
Tel: 03000 2000 40
E-mail: info@disclosurescotland.gov.uk
Website: https://www.mygov.scot/organisations/disclosure-scotland/
Twitter: @DisclosureScot

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

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