Community Social Workers

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Laura: What Does a Community Social Worker Do? Community social workers are responsible for providing community-based human services to individuals and groups in order to improve and protect their well-being and functionality. According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), many community-based social workers move on to become policy advocates, social reform consultants or elected public officials. Child Protective Services Every state employs child protective services to legally respond to neglectful and abusive situations involving children. Because community-based social workers have constant contact with members of the public, they assist with enforcing child protection services legislation. Social workers are mandatory reports of child neglect and abuse, so they often are the ones who report concerns to officials, gather information and initially interview victims and witnesses. Experienced community-based social workers with strong ties to their state’s Child Welfare agency will most likely be asked to act as a liaison and advocate if the victim is directly on or related to…show more content…
They may act as liaisons with the juvenile or criminal courts during trials, but most work with teen and adults who have been recently paroled into the community. They often collaborate with parole officers (POs) and community organizations that help parolees transition back into society. This may involve regularly meeting and interviewing parolees, providing POs with progress reports and assisting their clients location housing and employment resources. Sometimes, these community-based social workers will work in halfway houses that specifically service recently released prisoners. These social workers must be confident, assertive and be comfortable dealing with intense and hostile
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