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What is it like to be a social worker?

It is important that while you are thinking of applying to become a social worker you are clear in your own mind about what the role is really about. Here there are a range of materials and ideas to help you think about what social work involves and whether it is right for you. These might also give you issues to discuss at your interview or in your application.

A day in the life of a social worker

Click on the picture to go to this interactive activity which gives you a chance to think about what you would fit into your working day as a as social worker. It deals with challenging issues and features adult language which some people may find upsetting.

What service users say about social workers

Listen to what people who use services say about their social workers or the people who have tried to help them. Why do you think this is not always a positive experience for people?

Better treatment of staff

Carer doesn't know system

Being listened to

Financial cost of care


Action for children

Talking about foster care.


What do social workers say about their role?

Listen to what social workers say about the realities of their working life.

Sharon Jones, Social Worker

Abi Falla, Student Social Worker

Leo Dufficey, Social Worker

Judy Henry Birch, Social Worker

Stephanie Gavin-Brown, Senior Practitioner