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What does being a social work assistant entail?

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Social care assistant jobs are set to rise between now and 2020 with more people applying for these vital roles than ever before. The National Careers Service indicates that “employers will usually consider experience to be more important than qualifications”, which means that this type of work is something to consider if you don’t have any formal post-secondary education.

Being a social work assistant is a very rewarding job as you will work alongside qualified social workers out in the community, helping and supporting people of different ages and from many different backgrounds, including families, people with disabilities, learning difficulties or mental health issues, the elderly and of course children.

The main part of your job will be to support social workers and other professionals in the work that they do and your job may take place in a variety of settings from a residential home to a hospital, a client’s personal home or a room in a community centre. As part of the job you will have certain tasks to complete such as:

Helping to organise and implement programmes

Contacting service users

Setting up appointments

Arranging services

Informing service users of any suitable resources they can access

Helping to work out a service user’s needs and creating or following a care plan

Directing clients to appropriate groups or service provision

Helping service users complete paperwork

Following up visits after service users have received help

Keeping records

Writing reports

Attending meetings with other agencies

Liaising with other healthcare professionals

To be an effective social work assistant you will need to be able to communicate with people on all levels, from service users, colleagues and managers to representatives from other agencies and healthcare providers. You should have a practical approach to your work and be flexible and understanding to meet the needs of the job. If you can work as part of a team and can cope with difficult situations while remaining calm, patient and without being judgemental, then this could be a perfect role for you. It would also help if you were an organised individual with some computer or administrative skills. You should be able to use your own initiative, too.

If you would like to work as a social work assistant, you can expect to work around 37 hours per week and this may include shift work or unsociable hours. You can always start part time or do hourly work for an agency to see if you like it, before committing to a full time position. According to Input Youth you can expect salaries starting “around £16,000 a year. With experience and relevant qualifications, earnings can rise to between £18,000 and £22,000. Hourly rates for agency work can be between £8 and £14.”

Although you don’t need any formal qualifications for this role, once you have secured a job you will also receive training and development opportunities from your employer as it is a requirement that you are working towards “The Care Certificate” which according to Skills For Care is “an identified set of standards that health and social care workers adhere to in their daily working life.” This certificate forms the basis of your career as a social work assistant, and will help you to understand your role and other important factors including safeguarding, equality and diversity, handling information and will also raise your awareness of some of the issues your service users may be dealing with. You may decide you would like to progress within your career and there are a number of opportunities including training to be a qualified social worker or moving into other related careers such as counselling, family support or community advice. To qualify to work in this sector you may need to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check which is a requirement for all who wish to work with vulnerable adults and children as it checks your criminal history and performs other background checks to assess your suitability for this type of role. Usually your employer will pay for the check to be carried out but you will need to provide correct information and identification.

If you feel you have the skills, qualities and experience required for social worker assistant jobs then you should check your local authority for vacancies or find job adverts in the local press or through various charities and recruitment agencies.

My Love/Hate Relationship with Lists #BEDN

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Lists... ahh lists, you'd think that for someone who's such a planner obsessive, I'd love them, right? 

And sometimes I do. When I have a lot of things I need to remember, lists are awesome! And of course there's all the pretty paper and writing utensils to use while making them! *drools a little*

Then again, there's the pressure that I put on myself to get so much done when I make a to-do list, and that just makes me feel like crap. 

I mean, you write a list at the start of the day of everything you want to accomplish. Maybe it's not even that big a list, but then life gets in the way, and before you know it, the whole day is over and oh look, not one thing has been checked off, or maybe one or two things, but that list is still full of things that you didn't get around to doing.

Talk about a way to make you feel like you've done nothing. No thank you!

So my favourite list is the have-done list: one that I write in everything I've done during the day (as I do them!), instead of the things I want to do. 

See, when I look back at that list, I realise that even if I haven't done what I'd hoped, I've still done a fair amount, and that makes me feel good!

Feeling good is where it's at, and if that means not writing to-do lists, but have-done lists, then that's what I'm gonna do! 

What about you? What's your take on lists?

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Have a wonderful day! ❤

Family #BEDN

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This is the perfect example of our little family... Max trying to be all sweet and adorable for a selfie (yes, he poses well for the camera!), and then oh, look there! It's Zack making a silly face in the background! 

Add in Kenzi the yorkie who has a compulsion to lick everything - even air, and Milo the black cat who seems to have made a pass time of grooming himself to the point he's got a balding butt... yeah, I think our family is pretty damn special. ;)