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Thinking about a career in social work?

If you're thinking about a career in social work use this page to find information about what qualifications you need and the study programmes and support available to help you achieve your goal.

What do social workers do?

Social workers work with individuals and families and help them to improve their lives. Find out what children and young people want from a social worker:  Icon for pdf What do we want from a social worker? (PDF, 428.9kb)

How can I become a social worker?

Find out more information about how you can become a social worker in the Icon for pdf Thinking about a career in social work? (PDF, 1.8mb)  leaflet.  It tells you about:

  • what qualifications you will need
  • financial support you can get
  • part-time study
  • full-time study
  • fast track study
  • registering to work as a social worker

Have you thought about your career pathway in social work? This document will tell you more about your options:

 More information

You can also find out more about a career in social work from:



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Social work careers
03000 267 367
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  • County Durham
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