Social Work in Scotland

Working for Social Services is more than a job. It gives you the opportunity to make a real difference to people's lives. Social Services provide vulnerable children, adults and families with support and care in times of need.

Scotland has over 135000 social workers, who dedicate time and energy to helping various user groups cope with day to day challenges. From older residents in care homes to children attending nursery, social workers have a huge impact on people's lives.

A career that makes a difference..

Social Services requires staff with a range of skills, each suited to the user group they are involved with.
You can choose to work in social care, early education and child care or as a social worker providing services to a variety of people. These include:

  • children and families
  • older adults
  • people with mental health problems
  • people with physical or learning disabilities
  • individuals who have experienced substance misuse
  • people who have experienced homelessness
  • individuals in youth and criminal justice services
  • individuals who have been adopted and/or fostered
  • refugees and asylum seekers.

Entry Requirements

Due to the vast number of different roles within social services, the entry requirements vary. Some roles allow for on-the-job training, whilst other's require formal qualifications. More important are compassion, willingness to help others, problem solving skills and good communication.

Helped by the vast number of jobs and roles within the sector, once an employee has decided to proceed with a career in social services, their options are unlimited.

Career Options

Social Work

Social Workers support and assist individiuals or families who are at risk. The job is diverse, no two days are the same. Social workers work closely with other organisations such as the police and health service to provide appropriate protection.

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Social Care

Social Care departments provide assistance to people in the community, helping them to live full and valued lives. These services include care homes, care at home services, day care centres and respite facilities.

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Child Care

Early Education and Child Care facilities including nurseries, play groups and creches require qualified childcare staff. Staff must be mature and responsible, able to react quickly in any situation and support the learning and development of children in their care.

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