Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world

Social work programmes

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Graduates of our programmes are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which regulates the profession.


Social work is about changing lives for the better. The British Association of Social Workers describes social work as a profession that is centred around people - from babies through to older people.

Social workers work with individuals and families to help improve outcomes in their lives. This may be helping to protect vulnerable people from harm or abuse or supporting people to live independently. Social workers support people, act as advocates and direct people to the services they may require.

A degree in social work can lead to a career in local authority and health settings, for example working with children and familites, disabled people, older people or people experiencing mental health problems. Other employers include charities, such as Barnados and the NSPPC, and private organisations such as fostering agencies.

We provide the national required standard in knowledge, skills and professional capabilities needed by social workers.



Telephone: +44(0)1227 823072 Fax: +44(0)1227 827005 or email us

SSPSSR, Faculty of Social Sciences, Cornwallis North East, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF

Last Updated: 09/01/2018