28 reasons why you chose social work

From advocating for others to being the person they needed when growing up, practitioners reveal why they have chosen social work as their profession

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It has been over four months since we launched our Choose Social Work campaign to champion the profession and inspire the next generation of social workers.

During that time, we have received numerous heartfelt letters containing advice for future practitioners and stories about why social work is a worthwhile career.

However, at this year’s Community Care Live, we asked social workers directly why they had chosen the profession. And we received so many lovely and inspiring answers, it was hard to keep them to ourselves.

So, here are 28 reasons why practitioners chose social work.

Click on the blue arrow on the right of each slide to move to the next one. Alternatively, you can click on the first image to bring up the gallery, and then go through it by clicking on the white arrow on the right of each slide.

Do you have any stories, reflections or experiences from working in social work that you would like to write about for Community Care? Take a look at our guidelines on writing for the site and then email your idea to our community journalist, Anastasia Koutsounia, at anastasia.koutsounia@markallengroup.com


One Response to 28 reasons why you chose social work

  1. Captain Fog November 7, 2023 at 9:16 am #

    This reminds me of the Gary Larson cartoon – with the chicken looking at a sign on the other side of the road which says – why do you need a reason.

    This does however highlight that if you are going to survive in this field you really need a sense of humour and a tolerance of hearing things you might not agree with. Something I think community care seems to lack at times.

    As someone who qualified as a social worker more than 31 years ago and have been working in the field since 1988 – I really didn’t need a set of post it notes on a board to decide whether to start a career in social work.