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social worker





Social workers are practice-based professionals who promote social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. They interact with individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities in order to provide various forms of therapy and counselling, group work, and community work. Social workers guide people to use services to claim benefits, access community resources, find jobs and training, obtain legal advice or deal with other local authority departments.

Scope note

Includes people performing social policy formulation, analysis, advocacy and political interventions activities.

Alternative Labels

child and youth worker

community worker

social outreach worker

assistant, social services

community liaison worker

community development worker

community rehabilitation worker

community services officer

community centre worker

social services worker

community counsellor

community service worker

community and social services worker

cultural mediator

social worker

welfare worker

social services worker

social services assistant

social and community services worker

Regulatory Aspect

To see if and how this occupation is regulated in EU Member States, EEA countries or Switzerland please consult the Regulated Professions Database of the Commission. Regulated Professions Database:

Skills & Competences