social worker




Social workers are practice-based professionals who promote social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. They interact with individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities in order to provide various forms of therapy and counselling, group work, and community work. Social workers guide people to use services to claim benefits, access community resources, find jobs and training, obtain legal advice or deal with other local authority departments.

Scope notes

Includes people performing social policy formulation, analysis, advocacy and political interventions activities.

Alternative label

  • child and youth worker

  • community worker

  • social outreach worker

  • assistant, social services

  • community liaison worker

  • community development worker

  • community rehabilitation worker

  • community services officer

  • community centre worker

  • social services worker

  • community counsellor

  • community service worker

  • community and social services worker

  • cultural mediator

  • welfare worker

  • social services worker

  • social services assistant

  • social and community services worker

Regulatory aspect

To see if and how this occupation is regulated in EU Member States, EEA countries or Switzerland please consult the Regulated Professions Database of the Commission. Regulated Professions Database:


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Essential skills and competences

Essential Knowledge

Optional skills and competences

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