Job Title: Social Worker
Type of Company: County Protective Services for children. We decide if children are in danger.
Education: BA, Sociology
Previous Experience: I started working for the County DDS summers during college
Job Tasks: My job involves securing the safety of children. Poor children are probably what come to your mind immediately, but that is not always the case. In our office, someone is always on call 24 hours a day. They receive what are called "Hot Line Reports" after hours. Reports can come from neighbors, family or friends, police, hospitals or schools that believe a child is being abused or in danger. This abuse can be mental or physical. During the work day we follow up on these reports. Sometimes it involves going to the home and interviewing the parents or guardian and the child. We may also have to go to court and testify about what we've found out about the family. You may think that the family is okay and just needs some counseling to set them straight. Other times, either because of the behavior of the child or actions of the parents, you may need to remove the child from the home. Finding placement for the child is also part of the job. There are institutions that care for these children or some may become part of the foster care system. In that situation they would be living with a family trained to care for them. The laws overseeing protective services change so you have to keep with them also.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is watching families become whole again. Knowing that you may have prevented abuse or neglect is very rewarding. The worst part is removing a child. It is also very hard to walk into some of the situations and see how people live.
1. You have to distance yourself from these situations. You cannot take every situation personally.
2. You will not be able to help everyone.
3. This is not a 9-5 high-paying job.
Additional Thoughts: You have to have good intuition about people. Many will try to portray themselves as something they're not to save a child from being removed or to keep themselves out of jail. I was surprised at how my outlook changed once I got involved in the system.
Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school
The MSW@USC is the first top-ranked MSW program offered nationally. Many online programs are limited to certain geographic areas or the availability of courses, making it necessary to travel to campus. Our program can be completed from virtually anywhere without the need to relocate to Southern California.
Does the Human Mind Fascinate You? Study Psychology at Grand Canyon University - Bachelor's and Master's Degrees Available!
Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.
Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017
At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education.
Welcome to Argosy University
Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges: College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education, College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.
The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.
Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.
Most stories include:
Please also see our detailed information about Family And School Social Workers, including: