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Is it the right choice? Students need to be resilient, realistic, ready It’s a challenging course academically It’s demanding emotionally Placement makes.

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2 Is it the right choice? Students need to be resilient, realistic, ready It’s a challenging course academically It’s demanding emotionally Placement makes up 50% of years 3 & 4 Full time course Some things you might encourage pupils to think about…

3 Thinking About Social Work? What do social workers do? Where do they work? Would I make a good social worker? What qualifications do I need? Who studies social work? How do you cope with all the bad publicity? How do I decide if it is the right course for me? Where can I get experience?

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5 Where do social workers actually work? Local Authorities Schools Prisons Hospitals Faith Based Organisations Voluntary Organisations Charities Private Companies Criminal Justice Drug and Alcohol Addictions Mental Health Services Residential Services Community Care Early Years Disability HIV/AIDS Adoption and Fostering People Seeking Asylum

6 Would I make a good social worker? Can you make good relationships with people based on trust and openness? Can you make difficult decisions? Can you accept people for who they are ? Can you recognise prejudice and discrimination? Are you passionate about human rights and social justice?

7 What qualifications do I need? Undergraduate course - 4 years ABBB at Higher – no specific subjects but those which involve essay writing are useful and we usually seek English at ‘B’ usually recruit from Year 6 Don’t distinguish between first and second sittings of Highers English and Maths at Standard Grade 2 minimum or equivalent HNC in Health and Social Care +SVQ 3 – need merit/A in graded unit Work / volunteer experience For those students who feel too young at this stage – perhaps a general social sciences degree is best and then - Post graduate course 2 years Usually good honours degree – relevant subject preferred but not essential Experience – minimum of 6 months at point of application FAQ sheet available on website

8 Preparing for interview/application Personal statement, which includes: -What do you understand the to be the main challenges facing social work today? -Why do you think you could meet these? -What draws you especially to social work as a career? -Your personal qualities and experiences (work and otherwise) helpful to a career in social work? -What do you think the potential benefits and costs of professional training will be for you?

9 Dealing with challenge To do with ethical dilemmas and what action candidates would take and why Three scenarios and candidates select one. For example: The child of a neighbour – a friend of yours – reluctantly discloses serious abuse by one of the parents but begs you not to say anything to anyone about this

10 Who applies for social work? More women than men Most from West of Scotland Wide range of age groups from schools leavers through to grandparents

11 How do I decide if this course if for me? Do your research!! Talk with family and friends Think about your strengths and the qualities that you have Ask yourself, can I make a difference by being a social worker?

12 Where can I get experience? Volunteer!! Visit our webpages: Click on the links for social work. Visit the Scottish Social Services Council webpages Read about social work, Community Care is available online and a good place to start.

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