Social Worker

Location: Johannesburg
Position Type: Permanent

Purpose of the Job

To promote, maintain, and develop the psychosocial functioning of clients in the community (individuals and families)

Role and Responsibilities

Case Work

  • Providing counselling for individuals, children, couples and families in the following areas:
  • Pre-marriage, marriage
  • Divorce
  • Domestic abuse
  • Mental Health
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Unemployment
  • Substance abuse
  • Trauma
  • Bereavement
  • Physical Disability
  • Family dysfunction
  • Play therapy
  • Family therapy


  • Conducting assessments for admission to the facilities
  • Applying statutory interventions as appropriate i.e., domestic abuse, older persons, substance abuse and mental illness
  • Preparing necessary documentation relating to statutory intervention
  • Court appearances as necessary
  • Conducting hospital visits as appropriate
  • Conducting home visits
  • Completing relevant reports
  • Maintain file records
  • Holding case conferences / family meetings (collaborating with the multidisciplinary team as needed)
  • Crisis Management, relevant follow up and monitoring as required, which may require working afterhours and on weekends
  • Case management of client circumstances
  • Assess, implement and monitor family preservation and parenting programmes






Group Work

  • Organizing and conducting groups to meet common identified psychosocial needs (This incorporates promotive, preventative, educative, and therapeutic forms of group work).
  • Conducting needs analysis and developing proposals accordingly
  • Drafting group session and other relevant reports and statistics



Community Work

  • Providing relevant activities in collaboration with the community development social worker
  • Providing relevant psychosocial presentations to learners in schools
  • Identifying needs for community services and developing appropriate initiatives in terms of these needs / gaps
  • Facilitating the community work process
  • Establishing, maintaining and evaluation of relevant programmes
  • Maintaining files and records appropriately
  • Compiling relevant presentations as necessary




  • Sharing of knowledge in order to further the development of volunteers, students and members of the public
  • Supervision of and providing consultation to students &volunteers,
  • Providing public education on psychosocial matters
  • Speaking at, writing articles for, arranging, and/or participating in seminars and conferences as appropriate


Professional development / Functioning

  • Maintaining and developing appropriate professional qualifications, skills, knowledge related to field of work
  • Furthering own professional development by making use of internal and external development opportunities
  • Demonstrating insight and experience in initiating and sustaining effective therapeutic relationships

Attending regular supervision meetings. The supervisor / consultant and supervisee / consultee share responsibility for facilitating an effective working relationship. Parties in this relationship must contract on the goals, structures and nature of this process, and must have regular evaluations of the process. Supervision discussions focus on support/professional development and monitoring

  • Attending conferences, lectures and workshops
  • Attending group and/or individual consultation with appointed consultants



  • Developing knowledge and skill pertaining to all areas of work
  • Participating in agency research.
  • Initiating and completing other research that is beneficial to the organization
  • Sourcing of relevant literature and information
  • Ensuring CPD points are obtained
  • Identifying research needs



Collaboration with Multidisciplinary Team

  • Facilitating a collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationship with the multidisciplinary team
  • Liaising and arranging meetings with relevant internal divisions (e.g. care, medical, operations etc.) as necessary in accordance with protocols and procedures


Liaison with external affiliates / organizations

  • Facilitating a collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationship with affiliates and external organizations in the best interest of the community (and to minimize duplication of services)


Ad hoc tasks / Administration

  • Ensuring all information regarding clients, groups, and other projects are appropriately maintained
  • Maintaining of records and statistics
  • General administrative work
  • Attending and participation in staff meetings
  • Writing relevant reports as appropriate
  • Liaising with and reporting to the relevant internal and external stakeholders
  • teams to ensure the facility receives services required according to care standards
  • Providing feedback to relevant teams when required
  • Own transport essential
  • Computer skills in Word, Excel and PowerPoint required
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good command of the English language
  • Current registration with relevant Professional Body is essential


Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Relevant Social Worker Degree
  • Registration with SACSSP
  • Social Work experience is an advantage
  • Knowledge and skills in the field of family support services

Preferred Skills

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and within deadlines
  • Computer skills Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Office 365 and online platforms
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Conflict resolution
  • Counselling
  • Facilitation
  • Report writing
  • Own transport essential
  • Good command of the English language
  • Current registration with relevant Professional Body is essential

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