Social workers are a vital part of a happy, healthy, functioning society.
They assist vulnerable people and children through the really hard parts of life and help them through a crisis while also working to safeguard them from harm.
They could be working with a variety of people from young parents to those addicted to substances to carers but often they specialize in one field.
Sometimes, social workers need to work with other outside sources such as the police and hospitals and can sometimes have to make some very tough calls which can result in a parent losing access to their child or a person being put through other special measures to ensure their safety.
Because this role is so demanding, social worker assistants are now helping to make the field of social work much more efficient and productive by taking on some duties that the social worker simply does not have time to deal with.
They work with qualified social workers to maintain the high standards of quality of care for those needing it and are therefore absolutely paramount to society.
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The role of the social worker assistant can include:
Social workers simply do not have the time to deal with the administrative side of their roles, such as report writing, and therefore social worker assistants take over these duties.
Other responsibilities can include contacting potential clients and setting up appointments, writing up actions plans and basic administration.
Meeting directly with clients
Social worker assistants often visit clients in their home or other environments and inform them about the services available, assist them with tasks such as paperwork and help them through actions plans that have been drawn up for them. They also offer support, guidance and counselling to those in crisis on a one-to-one basis.
Supporting the social worker
Professionally supporting the social worker through hard cases and motivating them is a major part of the role of social worker assistant. By removing many of the miscellaneous tasks it allows them to be highly energized for their duties and therefore provide the best quality of care. Social worker assistants also keep up to date with changes in legislation and therefore can assist the social worker competently and legally.
Working in the community
Social worker assistants are visible in the local community and often are the first port of call for clients and other health care professionals. Because they do not specialize in any one field like many social workers they deal with many people in hospitals, care homes and other settings.