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Social care encompasses a vital and multifaceted aspect of society, dedicated to supporting and enhancing the well-being of individuals who may be vulnerable, elderly, disabled, or facing various life challenges. It encompasses a wide range of social care services, including healthcare, emotional support, housing, and assistance with daily living activities.

Social care is Instrumental:

Social care is instrumental in fostering inclusivity and ensuring that everyone has access to the resources and support necessary for a dignified and fulfilling life. It not only addresses immediate needs but also strives to empower individuals to lead more independent and self-determined lives, ultimately contributing to a more compassionate and equitable society.

Social Care Roles

Typical roles within this division

Administrators

Administrators in social care play a pivotal role in overseeing and managing the operational aspects of social service organizations. They are responsible for resource allocation, policy implementation, and ensuring that the delivery of care and support services is efficient, compliant with regulations.

Placement Officers

Placement Officers in social care are responsible for matching individuals in need with suitable care facilities, homes, or services. They assess clients' needs, liaise with care providers, and facilitate the placement process to ensure that vulnerable individuals receive appropriate and tailored support.

Client Officers

Client Officers in social care act as a primary point of contact between clients and service providers. They assess client needs, create care plans, and advocate for clients' best interests, ensuring that they receive the right services and support to improve their overall well-being and quality of life.

Why Choose Us?

Working in our social care division

Working in our social care division offers a meaningful and rewarding career dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable individuals and communities. Our team is committed to providing essential support and services, and as part of our division, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with compassionate professionals, develop your skills, and contribute to the well-being of those in need. Whether you’re in a direct care role, management, administration, or any other capacity, you’ll be an integral part of our mission to foster inclusivity, empowerment, and a more compassionate society.

Jobs & Visas for Social Care Workers

Visa Guide for Social Care Workers

Undergraduate Route: A Bachelor's degree in Social Work (BSW), which is typically a three-year full-time course.

Postgraduate Route: A Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) for those who already hold a first degree in another discipline. This is generally a two-year full-time course.

Social Work Degree Apprenticeship: An employment-based route combining work and part-time study over approximately 3 years.

All courses must be approved by the regulatory body and include a mix of academic study and practical placements.

Qualified social workers can work in a variety of settings, including but not limited to:

Local Authorities: Child and family services, adult services, education welfare, and mental health teams.

Hospitals: Working with patients with acute or long-term health needs.

Schools: Providing support to children, families, and educational staff.

Private Sector: Agencies providing foster care, adoption services, and residential care homes.

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs): Supporting various community welfare initiatives.

Mental Health Services: Working in community mental health teams, early intervention services, or psychiatric hospitals.

Criminal Justice: Working within the prison service, youth offending teams, or victim support services.

  • In England, social workers must register with Social Work England (SWE).
  • In Scotland, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is the regulatory body.
  • In Wales, it is Social Care Wales.
  • In Northern Ireland, the regulatory body is the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC).
  • Completion of an approved degree or postgraduate program in social work.
  • Completion of an approved degree or postgraduate program in social work.
  • Declaration of health and good character.
  • Commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
  • Undergraduate degree: 3 years full-time.
  • Undergraduate degree: 3 years full-time.
    • Degree Apprenticeship: Approximately 3 years, part-time alongside work.

    Once qualified, social workers must register with the appropriate body for their nation within the UK. Registration typically involves an application process, payment of a fee, and the provision of supporting documents. This registration must be renewed periodically, with evidence of CPD activities to ensure ongoing professional development.

    To work as a social worker in the UK, foreign-qualified professionals must register with Social Work England (SWE), the regulatory body for social workers in England. Here’s a detailed description of the process, requirements, and expected timelines.

Step 1: Qualification Check

  • Verify that your qualifications are recognized by SWE.
  • If your qualifications are from outside the UK, they must be assessed by SWE to ensure they meet UK standards.

Step 2: English Language Requirement

  • Demonstrate proficiency in English. Typically, this is through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of at least 7.0.

Step 3: Health and Character Declaration

  • Provide a health declaration to prove you are capable of safe and effective practice.
  • Undergo a character check, which includes a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and possibly a criminal records check from your home country.

Step 4: Registration and Application

  • Submit an online application with all the required documentation, including your qualifications, proof of identity, and English language proficiency.
  • Pay the application assessment fee. As of the latest information, the fee is £135.

Step 5: Assessment of Application

  • SWE assesses your application. This process can take several weeks. For qualifications that are not automatically recognized, this process may involve a more detailed assessment and could take up to 6 months.

Step 6: Registration Fee

  • Once your application is approved, you must pay the registration fee to be added to the register. The registration fee is £90 annually.

Continued Professional Development (CPD):

  • As a registered social worker, you must undertake CPD to maintain your registration. This involves various professional activities that could include further study, research, or professional practice.

Renewal:

  • Registration with SWE must be renewed every year. The renewal process includes submitting a CPD record and paying the annual registration fee.

Total Estimated Costs:

  • Qualification assessment fee: Varies depending on the complexity of the assessment.
  • IELTS test: Approximately £165-£200.
  • Application assessment fee: £135.
  • Annual registration fee: £90.
  • Additional costs may include the notarization of documents, translation fees, and the cost of obtaining a criminal record check from your country.

Timeline Summary:

  • Qualification check and English test preparation: Varies by individual.
  • IELTS test results: Available 13 days after the test date.
  • Application assessment by SWE: Can take several weeks to 6 months.
  • CPD: Ongoing requirement.
  • Annual renewal: Must be completed every year before the registration expiry date.

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