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Qualified Social Worker Jobs

Most Qualified Social Worker jobs will be available within a local authority but other employers include the NHS and independent organisations or charities. There will also be Qualified Social Worker jobs with other services and organisations such as the police, schools, hospitals and the prison and probation service. In some cases, Social Workers will also engage with friends and family of the client.

Adult Services:

Following the Children Act 2004, Social Services was split and Adult’s Services departments aligned with Health Services were formed. A Director of Adult’s Services heads the department which holds responsibility for assessing the needs of, and providing support to, older, disabled or vulnerable people in the community in line with statutory law and government guidance.
An Adult’s Services department is typically formed by the following social work teams which are made up from Social Work Managers, Qualified Social Workers and Qualified/Unqualified Care Managers.

For Qualified Social Worker jobs within Adult Services, please click here.

Children’s Services:

Following the Children Act 2004, Social Services was split and Children’s Services departments aligned with Education were formed. A Director of Children’s Services heads the department which holds responsibility for protecting and supporting vulnerable children and young people.

A Children Services department is typically formed by the following social work teams which are made up of Social Work Managers, Qualified Social Workers and Unqualified Social Work Assistants/Family Support Workers.

For Qualified Social Worker jobs within Children’s Services, please click here.

Social work requirements:

Anyone that wants to practice in a Qualified Social Worker job will need to gain a professional qualification in social work at degree level, the most common being the undergraduate Bachelor’s degree (BA, BSc or BSW).

In order to continue professional development, all social workers must be registered with the GSCC until it transfers to the HPC where re-registration is required every 2 years. For all of the following councils, re-registration is required every 3 years; SSSC for Scotland, CCW for Wales or the NISCC for Northern Ireland.