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P7: Describe the roles, responsibilities and career pathways of three health or social care workers.

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P7: Describe the roles, responsibilities and career pathways of three health or social care workers. 1. Social Worker Social work role and responsibilities Social workers help people and their families adjust to problems in their lives such as serious illness, child abuse, substance abuse, mental illness, handicaps, juvenile delinquency, and anti-social behaviour. Often they must help people accept situations that cannot be changed. Frequently they work with the underclass, including the homeless, chronically unemployed, and mentally ill. Most social workers work for the government in offices, hospitals, clinics, prisons, or the courts. Some also work in nursing homes, group homes, schools, or businesses: * Undertaking and writing up assessments, which meet specified standards and timescales; * Conducting interviews with service users and their families to assess and review their situation; * Offering information and counselling support to service users and their families; * Organising and managing packages of support to enable service users to lead the fullest lives possible; * Recommending and sometimes making decisions about the best course of action for a particular service user; * Liaising with, and making referrals to, other agencies; * Participating in multidisciplinary teams and meetings, for example child protection, ...read more.

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They care for newborn children, providing health education and parenting support for the first 28 days, after which care transfers to a health visitor. Midwives are personally responsible for the health of both mother and child and only refer to obstetricians if there are medical complications. They work in multidisciplinary teams in both hospital and, increasingly, community healthcare settings. A midwife has a range of responsibilities, including the care of mother and baby, adhering to hospital policy and maintaining an awareness of issues such as health and safety. Typical work activities include: * diagnosing, monitoring and examining women during pregnancy; * developing, assessing and evaluating individual programmes of care; * providing full antenatal care, including screening tests in the hospital, community and the home; * identifying high risk pregnancies and making referrals to doctors and other medical specialists; * arranging and providing parenting and health education for the woman, her partner and family members; * encouraging participation of family members in the birth to support the mother and enhance both mother/baby bonding and family relationships; * providing counselling and advice before and after screening; * offering support and advice following events such as miscarriage, termination, stillbirth, neonatal ...read more.

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offenders at home, in court, prison, hostels or other penal institutions * supporting the victims of some violent or sexual crimes * Liaising with the police, social services etc. Available routes to become a probation officer To date the qualification to become a Probation Officer has been the Diploma in Probation Studies. This qualification route is no longer available. In order to join the probation service you will need to gain a degree in community justice. With that qualification you could apply to join the probation service as a probation services officer. Within a year of securing that position you would then need to take a vocational qualification level 5 diploma in probation practice. The National Probation Service encourages on-the-job training with a view to either gaining a specialism or moving into management. Given the amount of travelling associated with the role, a driving licence may be necessary. If you are under 21 years old you need to have at least 2 A-level passes as well as three GCSEs. Alternatively, you could have three A-levels and one GCSE. Probation services officers earn between £19,000 and £26,000 a year, while qualified probation officers earn around £26,000 to £35,000. ...read more.

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