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Getting into Social Work and Care
Getting into Social Work and Care
Getting into Social Work and Care
Getting into Social Work and Care
Getting into Social Work and Care
Getting into Social Work and Care
Getting into Social Work and Care
Getting into Social Work and Care
Getting into Social Work and Care
Getting into Social Work and Care
Getting into Social Work and Care
Getting into Social Work and Care
Getting into Social Work and Care
Getting into Social Work and Care
Getting into Social Work and Care
Getting into Social Work and Care
Getting into Social Work and Care
Getting into Social Work and Care
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Getting into Social Work and Care

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Julie Wardle …

Julie Wardle
Careers Adviser
Social Work and Care Careers
PO Box 2313
BS2 2ZR
Direct Line : 0117 9156530
Mobile: 07973 537 762
julie.wardle@coi.gsi.gov.uk

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  • 1. Getting into social work and care Julie Wardle Social Work and Care Careers
  • 2. Contents <ul><li>Overview of the social care sector </li></ul><ul><li>Job roles and where people work </li></ul><ul><li>Where to look for work </li></ul><ul><li>Training routes </li></ul><ul><li>Funding for the social work degree </li></ul>
  • 3.  
  • 4. The social care sector <ul><li>Wider social care workforce estimate - 1.6 million </li></ul><ul><li>76 300 qualified social workers </li></ul><ul><li>Almost 2/3 work in services for older people </li></ul><ul><li>Approx 80% are female </li></ul><ul><li>Local authorities employ 1/3 of workforce directly </li></ul><ul><li>38 000+ employers </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated 5million unpaid carers </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated 2million users of services at any one time </li></ul><ul><li>The State of the Social Care Workforce Report – Skills for Care </li></ul>
  • 5. Why work in social care? <ul><li>Job satisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>Good training </li></ul><ul><li>Good prospects </li></ul><ul><li>Make a difference </li></ul><ul><li>Variety </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul>
  • 6. Service sectors: <ul><li>Mental health </li></ul><ul><li>Learning difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>Physical and sensory impairment </li></ul><ul><li>Homelessness </li></ul>
  • 7. Service sectors cont : <ul><li>Older people </li></ul><ul><li>Substance and drug misuse </li></ul><ul><li>HIV / Aids </li></ul><ul><li>Children and families </li></ul>
  • 8. Where can I work? <ul><li>In a person’s home </li></ul><ul><li>Residential homes </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing homes </li></ul><ul><li>Day care centres </li></ul><ul><li>Supported / sheltered housing </li></ul><ul><li>In the community </li></ul><ul><li>In hospitals </li></ul>
  • 9. Employers <ul><li>Local authorities </li></ul><ul><li>NHS </li></ul><ul><li>Voluntary organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Private sector </li></ul><ul><li>Individual service user </li></ul>
  • 10. Skills required <ul><li>Interest in client group </li></ul><ul><li>Talking / relating to people </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness – eye for detail </li></ul><ul><li>Asking probing questions </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence / assertiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiating </li></ul><ul><li>Team work inc. building relationships with other professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility / adaptability </li></ul><ul><li>IT literate </li></ul>
  • 11. Examples of jobs in social care <ul><li>Care assistant </li></ul><ul><li>Dual diagnosis support worker </li></ul><ul><li>Community rehabilitation officer </li></ul><ul><li>Home school support worker </li></ul><ul><li>Personal assistant </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbourhood carer and community enabler </li></ul><ul><li>Housing and community support worker </li></ul><ul><li>Social care and health support worker </li></ul>
  • 12.  
  • 13. Courses / training <ul><li>14 –19 Diploma in Society, Health and Development </li></ul><ul><li>Apprenticeships in social care or child care </li></ul><ul><li>Employment + training NVQs </li></ul><ul><li>BTEC First/National Diploma in Care </li></ul><ul><li>HNDs </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation Degrees : </li></ul><ul><li>Early Years </li></ul><ul><li>Health and Social Care </li></ul><ul><li>Community Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Social Work Degree </li></ul>
  • 14. Related degrees <ul><li>Sociology </li></ul><ul><li>Social Policy / Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Law </li></ul><ul><li>Early Childcare Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Occupational Therapy </li></ul><ul><li>Mental Health Nursing </li></ul><ul><li>Health and Social Care </li></ul><ul><li>Community Studies </li></ul>
  • 15. Career pathways? <ul><li>Career paths are no longer predictable straight lines leading from one grade to the next. </li></ul><ul><li>Major change in working practices – working across organisational boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>New roles </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse sector – approx 38 000 different employers in social care and approx 650 employers within the NHS </li></ul>
  • 16. Want a career in social care? Apprenticeship NVQ2 Carer Support Worker GCSEs GNVQ Int BTEC First Advanced Apprenticeship NVQ3 NVQ 4 Leadership and Management for Care Services Senior Carer Team Leader Family Support Worker Advanced Level Vocational/ Academic HND/HNC Foundation Degree Manager/ Deputy Manager Degree in health / social care related subject.
  • 17. Where are jobs advertised? <ul><li>Job Centre Plus </li></ul><ul><li>Your local newspaper </li></ul><ul><li>Specialist care agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Your local council’s website </li></ul><ul><li>Employers’ websites </li></ul><ul><li>Recruitment websites </li></ul><ul><li>Community Care magazine </li></ul><ul><li>National newspapers </li></ul>
  • 18. The qualification for social work <ul><li>BA or BSc in Social Work </li></ul><ul><li>BSc in Learning Disability Nursing and Social Work </li></ul><ul><li>BSc Mental Health Nursing and Social Work </li></ul><ul><li>MA or MSc in Social Work </li></ul><ul><li>MUST be approved by the General Social Care Council (GSCC) </li></ul>
  • 19. A LEVELS / AVCE /BTEC ND ACCESS COURSE Social Work Degree Full Time Traineeship Work based route Social Work Degree Part - Time EXPERIENCE Degree Postgraduate Degree in Social Work MA/MSc Experience
  • 20. Funding information <ul><li>Undergraduate full time courses 2009/10 </li></ul><ul><li>£4,575 p.a.– outside London </li></ul><ul><li>£4,975 p.a.– inside London </li></ul><ul><li>Can use towards fees if you wish </li></ul><ul><li>Includes £575 contribution for travel to placements </li></ul><ul><li>Can also apply for student loan etc. </li></ul>
  • 21. Funding cont. <ul><li>Postgraduate full time courses 2009/10 </li></ul><ul><li>Up to £3,390 paid to HEI towards fee. </li></ul><ul><li>Non means tested bursary: </li></ul><ul><li>£3362.50 p.a. – outside London </li></ul><ul><li>£3762.50 p.a. – inside London </li></ul><ul><li>Includes £862.50 contribution for travel to placements </li></ul><ul><li>Additional means tested bursary: </li></ul><ul><li>Up to £2,608 p.a. – outside London </li></ul><ul><li>Up to £4026 p.a. – inside London </li></ul>
  • 22. Useful websites <ul><li>www.gscc.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students </li></ul><ul><li>www.directgov.uk/studentfinance </li></ul><ul><li>www.dh.gov.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.skillsforcare.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.intute.ac.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.everychildmatters.gov.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>www.cwdcouncil.org.uk </li></ul>
  • 23. Social Work and Care Careers <ul><li>Phone: 0300 123 1100 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Website: www.socialworkandcare.co.uk </li></ul>

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