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Social work

Ali, Stephen and Sybil

Social workers work with adults, children and families. They often focus on a specific field of work.

Sybil and Stephen are both social workers in Perth and Kinross Council. Sybil works with people involved in the justice system and Stephen has completed a post graduate qualification to undertake the role of a mental health officer. Ali is currently a part time social work student and is also employed by Perth and Kinross Council to work with children and families.

Becoming a social worker in Scotland requires you to gain a recognised qualification and become registered with the SSSC.

Profile image of Stephen, mental mealth officer

I was a young carer so missed a lot of school and left at 16 without qualifications. I set up my own business but in my late 30s I injured my back. At that point I thought what am I going to do? I really wanted to do social work and if I had a chance when I was younger that’s what I would’ve done. I first of all did an HNC at college and the following year I applied for a social work degree.

Stephen Mental Health Officer

In the video below, Ali, Stephen and Sybil explain how they got started, why they love their work and give their best words of advice.

Closed Caption subtitles can be switched on by clicking on the 'cc' button on the video.