FACTS: Social Work in the UK

After trawling the internet for information about Social Care in Wales I soon realised that you have to do some real digging to find out about Wales specifically, so to save you some time and a lot of digging around I have consolidated my findings and listed them right here all in one place. Hope you find it useful and informative!

  • Social Workers and Young AdultIn Wales, 150,000 people use social services and demand is growing as society changes.
  • There are 70,000 workers in the care sector in Wales.
  • It is a legal responsibility of local authorities to provide social services.
  • There are estimated to be more that 370,000 unpaid carers caring for family or friends in Wales.
  • According to the 2011 Census, the unpaid carers work 6,480,756 unpaid hours per week! That’s 933,081 more hours than the 2001 Census.
  • In every fortnight, unpaid carers will provide as much care as the paid social care workforce will deliver to people at home all year.
  • 2,700 children (including unborn children) were on child protection registers throughout Wales at the end of March 2010; a 9% increase over the previous year.
  • In the same year, 3,400 children were added to registers. The number of children removed from the registers increased by 9 per cent to 3,200.
  • By 2017, one in three households in Wales will include someone aged 60+.
  • The University of South Wales’ Social Work degree was recently judged the top social work course in Wales and seventh in the UK in the Guardian League Tables 2008.
  • You could receive financial assistance of up to £7,000 to help meet the costs of moving to fill a social work job vacancy in some parts of Wales.

I would conclude from reading these facts and figures that in Wales the people who need care and the carers who need respite is increasing year on year. If this something you feel passionate about then it is a great time for you to study in Wales (one of the top social work courses in the UK) and find a job after qualifying as there is a great demand for the continued support of qualified social workers here.

Sources: Wales.gov.uk | University of South Wales | The Guardian | Jobs-in-SocialCare | Association of Directors for Social Services Cymru

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