I want to work in...Social and Probation Work

This list of links and resources has been carefully compiled by our Careers Consultants and Careers Information Team to provide you with the key knowledge you need if you are considering a career in this line of work.   All the links are reviewed regularly to ensure the source is reliable and the information is accurate and relevant.

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Sector overview

Overview of the social care sector 


Typical job profiles

Care manager

Probation officer

Social worker 


Useful online resources


Choosing a career in social services - information from SSSC 

Social Care Online Database

Scottish Social Services Council includes Becoming a Social Worker section and links to other resources


All UK

A question of care Social Services careers information incl. job profiles 

Community Care

Social care careers - information from the Guardian

Social care online

TARGETjobs: Get a graduate job in social work

Think Ahead - new route into mental health social work for graduates

Train to be a probation officer



Children and Young People Now Online magazine, includes job and career advice

Skills for care Includes information & graduate FAQs about the National Management Trainee Scheme

Working in Social Care NHS Health Careers


See also our section on  Development Work


Job sites and specialist recruiters

Care Appointments in Scotland  Vacancy magazine

Community Care jobs

Goodmoves charity and voluntary sector in Scotland

Great Social Care 

Myjobscotland public sector jobs

Think Ahead mental health social work scheme (England only)

UN Jobs in Social Work 


Professional bodies

Care Inspectorate (Scotland)

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

International Federation of Social Workers 

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Scottish Children's Hearings

Scottish Children's Reporter Administration

Scottish Social Services Council


To find out more about what it's like to work in this career, use the linkedin alumni tool to make contact with strathclyde alumni working in this area.