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Social Worker Jobs

Social work is an admirable profession that helps members of the community ranging from the very young to the very old. There is a great need for trained social workers in Cape Town and surrounding areas. Jobs range from working with underprivileged children to working with the elderly. Each position offers its own rewards. If you are interested in finding a job in social work, consider the following positions.

Hospice Social Work

As a hospice social worker, you will pull double duty. Not only will you work with the patients during their end of life care, you will also work with the families. Your job will consist of helping families cope and deal with the end of life decisions they must face. You will also help with fulfilling any end of life requests.

Child Welfare

Child welfare is the most common of the social work positions. If you choose to work in child welfare, you can expect jobs that work with welfare agencies and the government. It will be your job to work with children from troubled homes and make sure they are being treated properly both physically and mentally. You will also have to make hard choices that may remove the child from a home where physical abuse is present or where the child is unsafe.

Mental Health and Drug Rehabilitation

Mental health and drug rehabilitation centres also seek out social workers. As a social worker in these environments, you will work as a bridge of communication between the patients and the treatment facilities. You will make sure that the patients are safe and ensure someone attends to their needs. You may also work as a go between to facilitate communication when a rehabilitation facility is releasing a patient. Another aspect of social work in this area is as a counsellor for both those patients with mental health issues and those going through rehabilitation.

These are just a few of the job positions that you can choose in the social work sector. There are hundreds of jobs available right now to let you grow as a social worker and find your niche in this growing field.