OVERVIEW OF A CAREER IN COMMUNITY SERVICES & DEVELOPMENT


WORKING IN COMMUNITY SERVICES & DEVELOPMENT

Working as a Social Worker

A social worker helps people to deal with the challenges of their lives with the aim of helping them to solve these problems or arrange coping strategies so they can live their daily lives as best as possible. Social workers also diagnose and treat mental, behavioural and emotional problems.

The kind of work a social worker can do depends on the type of client they work with. They help with everything from adopting children to diagnosing incurable diseases to mental health problems and mental illnesses.

Child and family social workers help vulnerable families, protect vulnerable children and intervene when children are at risk of being neglected or abused. They help families to find housing, services and childcare, apply for social benefits and food stamps, arrange adoption, find foster families, help foster families to find accommodation for children with special needs, care for children and foster parents as well as foster and adoptive families.  An incredibly demanding position, both physically and emotionally.

School social workers work with teachers, parents and principals to develop plans and strategies to improve student performance and social development. Students and their families may also be referred to a social worker to resolve issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse or oth...


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