Social Work

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What can I do with a degree in Social Work?

Social workers are employed in both statutory and community sectors, and provide services that may include the protection of children who have been abused, providing group or family therapy, educational programmes for at-risk adolescents, supporting adolescent parents, providing interventions for people who are experiencing mental health issues or sudden trauma, providing assistance with housing needs, mediation and resolution of family conflict, facilitating access to benefits and other financial resources and assessment of home and family support for older people.

Social workers practice in not-for-profit agencies, schools, hospitals, the criminal justice system, and child, youth and family services. Social work is a very demanding job and carries a lot of responsibility. It's also a regulated profession and all social workers must register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and agree to abide by a code of practice. Once you have completed the degree you will spend a further year in assessed employment before becoming licensed to practice.

What jobs do our graduates do?

The social work job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent graduates are following:*

  • Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner
  • Adult Mental Health Worker
  • Carer Recovery Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Children in Care Social Worker
  • Community Care Worker
  • Community Centre Coordinator
  • Family Employment Coach
  • Family Support Worker
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocate
  • Intensive Supervisor and Surveillance Case Worker
  • Mental Health Social Worker
  • Parental Outreach Worker
  • Patient Support Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Youth Worker.

*Data extracted from the Nottingham Trent University Graduate Destinations Database 2007 – 2013.