Social workers who work with children are responsible for ensuring their safety and happiness while aiding in the functionality of their family as a whole. They offer support to children who are victims of neglect or abuse, or are living in unsafe conditions due to poverty, addiction, bullying, or health issues.
Social workers may be employed by private or government agencies or schools and will have different responsibilities based on their employer. If working for a private or government agency, a social worker may visit at risk children both at home and school to asses the situation and the child’s behaviour in different environments. They are trained to look for signs of abuse or neglect and will evaluate the child’s situation in order to determine the best possible way to help them. They may offer the family counseling and other resources, as well as provide follow up visits and inspections.
In extreme cases they will handle removal of the child and proper placement. Placing children with relatives is prioritized, but social workers also aid in the process of foster care and adoption. School social workers are provided for children who have been observed having a difficult time with their academics or social lives, or if they have difficult home lives. Social workers may meet with students and teachers to decide how to help students best and what resources to lead them to. If they suspect the child is being abused at home they will alert a child protective agency such as Children’s Aid Society. A Bachelor of Social Work is required to become a social worker, but in order to widen the variety of job availabilities and promotion opportunities a Masters of Social Work is highly beneficial and prioritised by many agencies. In order to have a Masters degree in social work, an undergraduate degree can be completed in any field, however social work is recommended. This requires altogether approximately six years of university, depending on the programs taken and the individual.
A license is a requirement to work in most provinces, and an exam is required. Most social workers have an office located at their agency where they complete written work such as assessments and reports. They may also have to travel to schools or homes to meet with families and teachers and are responsible for their own transportation. Most social workers work full time hours during the day, but some have to be available nights and weekends for emergencies. Evaluation of children requires mental Social work can be hazardous, especially when dealing with parents and children who are upset or in danger. Social workers may have to deal with difficult people and must ensure their safety and the safety of children while working.The earnings of a social worker can depended on where they are employed and what type of work they are doing. Social workers with higher levels of education are more likely to earn higher wages than people with less schooling.
Yearly salaries can range from $35000 to $94000. Social workers who have just begun their career may have a lower salary, but there is an opportunity for it to increase as they become more experienced. In addition, social workers employed by an agency may receive health benefits and vacation time. A major characteristic that is vital to achieve success as a social worker is the desire to help people and make a difference. A good social worker genuinely wants to protect children and ensure their safety. If this is their main goal, they will be able to make the best possible decisions on how to provide support for families.
They also must be relatable, kind, and gentle towards children so that they feel comfortable and are able to share how they feel effectively. In general good communication skills help social workers to properly work with families and fully understand their situation. Having a good understand of different types of people and how they behave can aid in making the right choices for them. Good critical thinking and problem solving allows social workers to work out difficult situations and achieve an outcome that is agreed upon by the majority of the people involved. Being patient and calm also helps when dealing with distressed children and families. Lastly, a social worker must be resilient and positive, as seeing children who are victims of abuse and neglect can be difficult to deal with, and a good attitude and outlook can make this less painful. Advantages of a job in this field include the fact that there is an opportunity to help children in danger, and a social worker is able to see the improvements that they have made in the life of a child. Social work can make a large impact in the lives of many children, and this can be a very rewarding feeling.
This type of fulfillment will make it easier to continue in a field when one knows that they are contributing to something positive. Work environments such as offices and schools are generally comfortable and safe places to work in. There are also many opportunities to move up the career ladder and obtain a higher position and salary as a social worker gains experience.
There are some aspects of social work that can be negative. It may be difficult to learn about and closely connect with victims of abuse. Knowing about someone else’s pain can be extremely hard. There are some situations where there is noting that a social worker can legally do to help, despite knowing that a child is being mistreated. At some times there may be a heavy workload. Social workers are often given many cases at once and have to keep up with all of their visitations and paperwork. There will most likely always be a need for social workers, as unfortunately there will always be children and families who need them.
There can be many opportunities in the field if higher levels of education are obtained. It may be a challenge for find a job directly after university, but once one is acquired there is a great deal of security. In Canada it is projected that between 2015 and 2024 there will be a similar amount of social worker job openings as there will be people searching for a job in that field.