The social care world is where carers and professionals work side by side with groups or individuals who have special needs, are vulnerable or are disadvantaged in some way. The social care practitioner’s clients might include:
• Children, adolescents or adults with physical disabilities.
• Children, adolescents or adults with mental disabilities.
• Children, adolescents or adults with emotional or psychological difficulties.
• Children, adolescents or adults who are struggling with relationship issues.
• Children, adolescents or adults who have committed crimes.
• Children, adolescents or adults in residential care.
• Children, adolescents or adults who are dealing with issues of violence.
• Adolescents or adults who are battling a serious addiction.
• Adults with financial / debt problems.
• Adolescents or adults who need advice or help with finding work.
• Adults / families coping with redundancy or long-term unemployment.
• Adults / families who are homeless.
• Adults / families who are disadvantaged by poverty.
• Children, adolescents or adults who are facing some other form of social exclusion.
Interventions and support may be short- or long-term, temporary, sporadic or on-going. Social care encompasses all stages of the lifespan, all social classes and all ethnic groups.
Because the range of issues is both broad and extensive, social care can occur in a spectrum of contexts. These include: an individual’s private home, different kinds of residential facilities, hospitals, nursing homes and health care centers, schools and educational establishments and in a range of community settings (for example, churches, community centres, and so on).
The Social Care Practitioner
To work effectively in this field, the social care practitioner needs to be a special kind of individual. That is, a social care practitioner has the qualities and skills that enable him to meet clients’ needs - in a way that is respectful and appropriate.
For example: as a trained professional, a social carer will have a broad knowledge base in their field of expertise, the ability to work effectively in teams, the ability to work independently as well, good listening skills, good communication skills, a problem-solving approach to life, rational thinking, good decision-making skills and commitment to their clients and the task at hand.
As well as the skills above, she will demonstrate those personal attributes that mark a carer out: a respect for the wishes, rights and dignity of others, genuineness, warmth and sensitivity, openness, empathy and altruism, honesty, trustworthiness and reliability, understanding, compassion and gentleness.
From this we can conclude that the social care world is diverse, rich, demanding – and uniquely rewarding for those who are committed to care for those in need. This subject is explored in depth in this course.
Diploma in Social Care - Level 3
Basic English Skills