Social and Community Service Workers

(NOC 4212)
 

Career Description

Social and community service workers administer and implement a variety of social assistance programs and community services, and assist clients to deal with personal and social problems.

Duties May Include


  • Review client background information, interview clients to obtain case history and prepare intake reports
  • Assess clients' relevant skill strengths and needs
  • Assist clients to sort out options and develop plans of action while providing necessary support and assistance
  • Assess and investigate eligibility for social benefits
  • Refer clients to other social services or assist clients in locating and utilizing community resources including legal, medical and financial assistance, housing, employment, transportation, day care and other services
  • Counsel clients living in group homes and halfway houses, supervise their activities and assist in pre-release and release planning
  • Participate in the selection and admission of clients to appropriate programs
  • Implement life skills workshops, substance abuse treatment programs, behaviour management programs, youth services programs and other community and social service programs under the supervision of social services or health care professionals
  • Meet with clients to assess their progress, give support and discuss any difficulties or problems
  • Assist in evaluating the effectiveness of treatment programs by tracking clients' behavioural changes and responses to interventions
  • Advise and aid recipients of social assistance and pensions
  • Provide crisis intervention and emergency shelter services
  • Implement and organize the delivery of specific services within the community
  • Maintain contact with other social service agencies and health care providers involved with clients to provide information and obtain feedback on clients' overall progress
  • Co-ordinate the volunteer activities of human service agencies, health care facilities and arts and sports organizations
  • May maintain program statistics for purposes of evaluation and research
  • May supervise social service support workers and volunteers.

Examples of Titles

Aboriginal outreach worker
Addictions Worker
Child and youth worker
Community development worker
Developmental service worker
Group home worker
Mental health worker

Where They Work

Social and community service workers are employed by social service and government agencies, mental health agencies, group homes, shelters, substance abuse centres, school boards, correctional facilities and other establishments.

Here are some schools that have programs related to this career:

Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Social Work Bachelor
Child and Youth Care Bachelor
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University of Guelph-Humber
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Community Social Services Bachelor; Honours
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Algonquin College
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Child and Youth Care Diploma; Advanced
Social Service Worker (Intensive) Diploma
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Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Social Work (BSW) Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Lakehead University - Orillia
Orillia, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Social Work Bachelor; Honours
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Modified on January 26, 2021