Social and Probation Work

Sector overview

Overview of the social care sector 


Typical job profiles

Care manager

Probation officer

Social worker 


Useful online resources

All UK

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

Community Care

HM Probation Service

Social care careers - information from the Guardian

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


Glasgow School of Social Work

Social Care Online Database

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

Choosing a career in social services - information from SSSC 



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

Great Social Care 

Social Work Job Bank 

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