Social worker assistant job description

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Social worker assistant job description
Social worker assistants typically handle administrative duties (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Social worker assistants support social workers by handling administrative duties and assisting them in ways that allow them to concentrate on dealing with their clients. According to Prospects, the duties of a social worker assistant will vary from position to position.

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Location

According to Prospects, social worker assistants are found wherever social workers work--in hospitals, nursing homes and community centres.

Social worker assistant job description
Social worker assistants can work in community centres, hospitals and nursing homes (Ableimages/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Identification

Duties of a social worker assistant include setting up appointments with clients, keeping accurate client records and billing.

Social worker assistant job description
Duties include setting up appointments and keeping accurate records (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Features

Some social worker assistants record client histories, helping assess what type of assistance the client needs. Some assistants also work in groups, working with other health care professionals to help gather a complete picture on a client.

Social worker assistant job description
Duties also include helping to assess the needs of clients (Thinkstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Communication

According to Prospects, social worker assistants sometimes serve as liaison to relatives and colleagues of the social worker's clients, keeping them abreast of progress.

Social worker assistant job description
Social worker assistants can also liaise with clients relatives (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Considerations

A social worker assistant works with a wide variety of patients from children to senior citizens. Some clients may have mental or health problems, making the job challenging and in some cases emotionally taxing.

Social worker assistant job description
They can expect to work with a wide variety of people with varying problems (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary of a social worker assistant was £17,732 in 2008.

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Salary expectations (Keith Brofsky/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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