Children's social worker Terry

Children’s social work is rewarding

Social work is a challenging field, dealing with sensitive issues and difficult times for families. However, it’s also extremely rewarding.

There are many reasons to choose a career in children’s social work. Having the ability to keep a child safe or a family together is a wonderful thing.

Children’s social work is also a very varied job. Every day is different because you’ll be working with a number of families who all face different difficulties. Issues like alcohol and drug misuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence. Plus family dysfunction, mental health issues and neglect.

Being able to work with a wide range of children and families is a real privilege. You need to build their trust and give them the support and guidance they need. The primary aim is always to keep families together – placing a child in care is the last resort.

The positive impacts of your work extend far beyond your day to day role. Helping to keep a child safe means you are giving them a better chance of a happy, healthy and thriving future.

You will also have the satisfaction of being involved in a child’s intellectual, social and emotional development. It’s a job which demands patience, intelligence and perseverance, and, of course, an instinctive personal need to do the best for the children in your care.

Social work is a unique profession rich with meaning, action, and the power to make a difference. Children’s social workers are devoted to helping children and families function the best they can in their environment.

Many of our Children’s Social Workers came into the profession in later life, as mature students after feeling unfulfilled in their previous roles. If you have a desire to retrain and change career paths, or build on the valuable skills you already have, a career as a Children’s Social Worker could be the right choice for you.

For information on the qualifications you’ll need and the wealth of relevant courses available in our region, go to the ‘Courses’ page.

Read more about why our children’s social workers in Yorkshire and Humber are committed to doing for the best to support children and families. Also check out the many different jobs you can do in children’s social work in  Yorkshire and Humber here.

What skills will you need?

As a social worker you will need:

  • excellent communication and people skills
  • the ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds and gain their trust
  • a practical and flexible approach to work
  • tact, patience and empathy
  • an understanding of the needs of different client groups
  • a non – judgemental attitude
  • the ability to work in a team and also use your own initiative
  • the ability to assess situations and take appropriate action
  • resilience – for coping with difficult situations and challenging cases
  • good time management and organisational skills
  • computer literacy and administrative skills.

Have you got what it takes?

It takes a lot of different skills to be a Children's Social Worker. Not every situation is black and white and it's not always clear what direction to take. You have to use your investigatory skills and take all of the history surrounding a case into account to make the best recommendation.

To see if you could do this challenging, yet highly rewarding role, give our scenario based quiz a try.

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