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Ian F.
Social Policy and Social Work
Social Work
MA
Wentworth
2011
United Kingdom

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Social Worker (Child Protection)
Leeds City Council
United Kingdom
Social care and social work
2011

About the job

What I do

I am employed as a Child's Social Worker for Leeds City Council. I manage a large caseload of children on Child Protection or Child in Need Plans. The bulk of the work is assessment based, however there is also a care management role for cases that are held for longer periods.

Social Work of this manner also includes court work, fostering and adoption.

Skills I use and how I developed them



Extracurricular skills:
As stated, time management is key, good assessment writing skills and a capacity to analyse. However perhaps most important is effective emotional intelligence and people-awareness.

What I like most

I enjoy the sense of worth that the job provides, I earn half of my previous salary but find the job doubly satisfying; so it about equals out!

Social Workers never complain of being bored or stuck for something to do.

What I like least

A key aspect to effective social work is good time management, if you are not able to achieve this then you will struggle; most workers do at some point.

Finding and applying for the job

How I found out about the job

Employer's website

The recruitment process

Detailed application and interview.

My career

My career history

Prior to studying for an MA in Social Work I was employed in the Royal Air Force for 23 years.

Where I hope to be in 5 years

I have experienced management roles in the past and am content to not chase this now. I prefer instead to develop my skills and remain at the level that I am currently working with as wide a skill-base as possible. Social Work management is not social work.

My advice to students

My advice to students considering work

Apply early and over a wide area, don't be afraid to apply where you may not want to work. Interview experience is useful irrespective of whether you want the job.

I recommend this sector for those wishing to have a challenge. However, social work is not for everyone, it is a difficult role and not one that should be taken without careful consideration.

My advice about working in my industry

I recommend this sector for those wishing to have a challenge. However, social work is not for everyone, it is a difficult role and not one that should be taken without careful consideration.


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