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Introducing social work: a starter kit
Introducing social work: a starter kit

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7 End-of-course summary

This is a photograph of a man with a group of young people. They are sitting in a circle.
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Well done for reaching the end of this course. Hopefully, you have increased your awareness and understanding of some of the opportunities and hurdles in professional social work today. For some students currently working in health or social care settings, you may already have recognised, or experienced in your work, many examples and practical demonstrations of the ideas from this course. However, even if you don’t have direct access to practice, it is likely that your appreciation of the issues in working with service users and of some of the ways in which these can be addressed will have been significantly enhanced by your studies here.

So, what’s to become of the starter-kit now that you have actually ‘started’. Well, as mentioned at the beginning of this course, starter-kits embody key elements and carefully selected components of full-scale versions. So, if you choose to continue your studies in social work, you will definitely find most of the things you have studied here included in some form or another, although of course, in more depth and variety.

We very much hope that you have enjoyed your studies. Social work is certainly not easy. But the need for compassionate, self-aware, and skilled social workers is not going away any time soon.