Social care is a widely-known term throughout the UK, but sometimes it can be less clear what is incorporated within the phrase. Today, let’s take a look at the different areas of social care so you can know with confidence exactly what social care jobs entail.
Social care involves social work, personal care, protection and social support. Social care is for both children and adults who are at risk to some degree or another. Often, the function of social care is to help fulfill a need that someone has problems fulfilling by themselves. These needs can arise due to illness (short term or long term, within which an individual can no longer perform tasks they were able to before the illness), disability (both mental and physical), old age (as daily tasks become harder or impossible to perform) or poverty (such as not having the financial means to fulfil certain needs).
Social care has many aims. Firstly, to protect people from abuse and neglect. This is largely what social care around children is concerned with. Yet nowadays, as our ageing population increases, the neglect of the elderly has become a serious concern throughout the UK, and to eradicate this has become a clear aim of social care in the UK. Secondly, to not allow the deterioration and/or promote physical or mental health within a patient. This sort of aim shows the long term side of social care, as it will often be the case that there are not quick ways of reaching this sort of goal, and no ‘one-size fits all’ approach. Unsurprisingly, the social aspect of social care is also key, in the sense that it needs to promote independence and social inclusion. As it is often the case those who are vulnerable and more dependent than other members of society can feel the most alienated from society too. There are many different approaches to this problem, with each case having its own unique solution.
Given the variety within social care, it is no surprise that the job roles within social care differ massively. Usually social care roles are defined by the service users you are aiding. Such as child social care, working with the physically disabled, and helping the elderly. In short, different areas of social care demand different types of specialisation, qualifications and mindsets. If social care sounds like a career you could be interested in, then Sanctuary social care has many job opportunities across all of these different areas of social care, throughout the UK.