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    Default Social workers

    Hi
    I am currently completing a dip of child youth and family intervention, and have an early childhood background, but am also looking to do further study and contemplating social work.
    What does a day in the life of a social worker look like? And can u explain a little more about your job.
    I have much older teenage children so i dont need to take into account daycare etc.

    Many thanks 😊

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    Hello,
    I am a social worker and have been practicing for many years.
    I have worked in both federal and state govt services in mostly counselling and case management roles.
    The day of a social worker is really dependent on what field you work in. I have specialised in child and family counselling so my days consisted of providing a counselling service to clients and then writing case notes/liaising with other agencies to assist these families. I am now leading a team so it's about providing supervision to the staff and ensuring we are delivering a great service to clients. There's lots of phone work, meetings, admin requirements, training besides just counselling.
    Most of the client work is with vulnerable people- eg with child protection issues/domestic violence/mental health etc
    social workers are vulnerable to getting vicarious trauma from hearing so many traumatic stories so having great supervision and a supportive team is essential .
    I love my job and can't imagine doing something different. It is not a job for the faint hearted as it can be confronting however it's very rewarding.

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    Thanks so much, its hard to underdtand through googleing lol thats why i like to ask real people as i know the practical side to roles can vary quite differently to what you see in study.

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    I have worked with a lot of social workers, youth workers in particular. In my experience they would mostly start their days in the office, catching up on emails or discussing case notes with coordinators, having meetings etc. before going on outreach - transporting clients, client home visits, or bringing clients into the office for appointments. Some would do this full time, others part time. The working environments I witnessed were always family friendly - workers were able to schedule appointments and schedules around family commitments.

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    Just to clarify for the OP, a youth worker and a social work are not the same. Roles and training are very different.


 

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