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Social work

Social work

Hospice social workers specialise in working with adults and children, their families, those they are close to and their communities who are facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness and end of life care.

They use their particular skills and knowledge to help people deal with the impact of what is happening to them, including loss and bereavement, and to have a good life and a good death.

The social workers role can include sourcing practical help at home, accessing other services, advice about debt or income, maintenance, help with housing, advocacy, working with schools or employers, and/or offering psychosocial support.

They work in partnership with the people they offer support to and work alongside other professions, agencies, organisations and as part of the wider community in which they are based. They bring social care expertise and perspective to situations in order to ensure that people get the support they need.