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Working in adult social care

Social care is about supporting people to maintain their independence, dignity and control. This includes providing personal and practical support to help people live their lives.

Social care workers could be supporting someone with a range of disabilities, dementia or mental health conditions. They could be working in a care home, in the local community or from someone’s home.

There are lots of different roles in social care depending on what you want to do, who you want to work with and where you’d like to work.

Why choose social care?

A career in social care offers long-term employment prospects, with opportunity for promotion and progression as well as job security.

Adult social care is one of the few sectors where jobs are increasing, offering significant numbers of long-term career opportunities in the current job market. There's an estimated 1.49 million people working in social care, and by 2035 we'll need to fill around 580,000 more jobs.

Somewhere in your community there’s a job that you can do to help others. If you like working with people, social care offers a worthwhile job that can turn into a rewarding, long-term career.