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    Esther Rantzen

    Dangerous careers: Social worker


    It doesn’t matter what your career is, all jobs carry some risk of an accident. However, due to different environments, some have more serious risks than others.

    Why is a social worker a dangerous career?

    When you think of a social worker you may not instantly think of the work hazards. However, as a social worker you have to deal with vulnerable, at-risk families, adults and children. Some of these may be mentally unstable and so the risk of a work injury is high.

    Another reason why a social worker’s job can be seen as dangerous is that often a social worker will visit a family alone as they are specifically appointed to those families. This means that they may be seen as a target and could sustain a work injury caused by one of their clients. Alternatively, an attack could be made by someone connected to the family such as a partner or brother. Either way, as a social worker they are open to the risk of attack and sustaining a work injury simply through carrying out their role.

    How to avoid an accident at work as a social worker?

    This role may be seen as dangerous but there are certain steps you can take that reduce the risk of an accident at work. Firstly, if the family you are dealing with has a history of violence or are particularly unstable, avoid going alone. Having someone there with you will reduce the risk of sustaining a work injury.

    As well as this, ensure that you have a fully charged phone with you at all times. This is an essential tool if you get into trouble.

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    If you have suffered an accident at work within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim.

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    Date Published: December 9, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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