Social Worker

Social Worker


Let’s face it, sometimes life
can get tough and for some people those tough times are
far harder than those of the average person. Times where
people can feel alone, or as if they have nowhere
else to turn. Social workers are a unique group of people
who help those who feel helpless, people dealing with personal
or social problems. They can do this case by case or via
programs that benefit groups and communities. Today, I’m at the Department of Child
Protection and Family Support to find out what it takes
to be a social worker. As a social worker at the
Department of Child Protection, practitioners ensure the wellbeing
and safety of children and young people. With the opportunity to
specialise in specific areas, social workers provide people
with counselling and support through crisis situations as
well as helping out in the community. – Hi Danielle, I’m Rebecca.
– How you going? I was just wondering, could I
pick your brain on what it’s like to be a social worker? – Absolutely!
– Fantastic! Let’s go have a chat. So Danielle, take us through a
typical day of being a social worker. There’s never a typical day
being a social worker. It depends on what’s happened
with the families to what we’re going to do on that day, so
we may have a day where you’re answering phone calls and going
through e-mails and your office space, to going out with police, checking
houses, doing home visits, it just depends on what clients you have. Wow! That sounds really full on.
What inspired you to want to be a social worker? I wanted to help people and
being a social worker in the Department of Child Protection,
we get to help the children and I think that makes a big difference
in the future. What would you say the most
rewarding part of your job is? Helping the children, making
sure that they’re safe. What would you say the hardest
part of your job is? Probably work-life balance
because you give 110% at work all the time, it’s trying to
leave work at work and go home and have a life. What advice would you give someone if
they were looking to be a social worker? Get some life experience first
so your grounded in your practice and you know how to go into
certain issues. And apart from the Department
of Child Protection, what other organisations need social workers? Lots of organisations, so we
have the health department, the department of corrections
and non-gov’y agencies as well, such as UnitingCare West. If you could list from now to
school, what steps does somebody need to take if they wanted
to be a social worker? You need to graduate Year 12
at high school, then you go onto university and do social
work degree or psychology degree, graduate from that and then
do a placement. And what characteristics does
somebody need to be a social worker? You need to be a very confident
person, you need to like challenges and be very resilient as well. Excellent. Well thank you so much
for having a chat with us today. What you do I’m sure is very much
appreciated throughout the community. Thank you. If you want to find out more
information on becoming a social worker, jump onto
myfuture.edu.au.

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