Key Elements of Role:
* what are the key tasks/ aspects associated with the position?
A number of key tasks and roles that are usually taken when one is a social worker, they include:
Counselor: a social worker would work with an individual to help them address their personal issues. This has been a powerful and recurrent ideal through out many years and this is closely associated with core values of respect and recognition of person being worthy.
Advocate: a social worker can support individuals or groups by assisting them so they are able to have a voice to their wishes, aspiration and needs. This role relies on the notion of a close relationship between the client/ service user and social worker.
Broker: a social worker is involved in the process of making referral to a particular resource. They also further follow up to ensure that the resources need is attained.
Assessor of risk or need: social workers have been given an increasing role by assessing the need of risk or danger of individuals, families, carers, groups, communities and colleagues.
Care manager: a social worker would arrange services for users in a mixed economy of care, in this case they may arrange care for individuals which is carried out by voluntary or private sectors. A social worker could also work as a manager, often making policy changes and development.
Agent of social control: a social workers role here would be to help maintain the social system against defenders or problematic behavior in society.
Figure1. The roles of a social worker http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/mod/oucontent/view.php?id=398072§ion=7.3http://socialwork.fife.gov.uk/fds/mod/resource/view.php?id=208
Preparation of assessment of need:
Plan, intervene, review and evaluate practice:
Support, representation and advocacy:
Assessing and managing skills
Manage and be accountable:
Develop professional knowledge, values and...