Please be informed that foster carers are being offered vaccinations as social care workers. The government has recently extended the list of professionals included as social care workers and this […]

Please be informed that foster carers are being offered vaccinations as social care workers. The government has recently extended the list of professionals included as social care workers and this now includes foster carers too. Please find a comprehensive list in the link below.  

Social care

Accommodation warden

Property manager, hall manager

Accommodation wardens manage the day-to-day running of services like sheltered housing, youth hostels and student flats.

Aid worker

Development worker, humanitarian aid worker, relief worker

Aid workers help people in overseas countries affected by man-made and natural disasters like wars, outbreaks of disease and earthquakes.

Art therapist

Art psychotherapist

Art therapists help people express difficult thoughts and feelings through creative activities.

British Sign Language interpreter

Language professional

British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters help deaf and hearing people communicate with one another.

Care escort

Community transport passenger assistant

Community transport passenger assistants accompany elderly people or adults and children with disabilities, on local journeys.

Care home advocate

Resident representative

Care home advocates make sure the views and wishes of residents in care homes are heard.

Care home manager

Care home managers are responsible for the leadership and day-to-day running of residential care homes.

Care worker

Care assistant, support worker, nursing home assistant

Care workers help vulnerable people to manage their daily activities and to live as independently as possible.

Careers adviser

Career consultant, career coach

Careers advisers help people make decisions about their education, training and work options.

Child protection officer

Safeguarding officer

Child protection officers promote children’s wellbeing and protect them from harm or abuse.


Childminders care for babies, toddlers and children in their own home, supporting their learning and development.

Clinical psychologist

Clinical psychologists help people to deal with mental health issues, phobias and addiction.

Cognitive behavioural therapist

CBT, talking therapist, behavioural therapist

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) practitioners use talking therapy to help patients change negative patterns of thinking or behaviour.

Communication support worker

CSW, sign language support worker

Communication support workers (CSWs) help deaf students in education.

Community development worker

Community development workers help people to improve the quality of life in their local area.

Community transport driver

Community transport drivers provide a door-to-door service for people who can’t easily use public transport.



Counsellors help people discuss their problems and feelings in a confidential setting.


Dramatherapists use group work, role play and movement to help people with their feelings and emotions.

Drug and alcohol worker

Drug and alcohol workers help people tackle their drug, alcohol or solvent misuse problems.

Education welfare officer

School welfare officer, school attendance officer

Education welfare officers make sure that children attend school and get the support they need.

Equalities officer

Equality and diversity officer, equal opportunities officer, equality, diversity and human rights officer

Equalities officers promote practices and attitudes to make sure people from minority groups are treated equally within organisations.

Family mediator

Family mediators help divorcing or separating couples reach agreement without having to go to court.

Family support worker

Family support workers help and advise families with long or short-term difficulties.

Forensic psychologist

Criminal psychologist, investigative psychologist, legal psychologist

Forensic psychologists explore what makes people commit crimes.

Foster carer

Foster carers look after children and young people who can’t be looked after in their own homes.

Funeral director


Funeral directors make arrangements for burials and cremations, and provide support and advice for the bereaved.

Horticultural therapist

Horticultural therapists use gardening to improve their clients’ health and wellbeing.

Housing officer

Housing officers look after rented properties for local authorities and housing associations.

Learning mentor

Learning mentors help students and pupils deal with any difficulties they have with their learning.

Life coach

Life coaches support and encourage people to help them make informed decisions in their working and personal lives.

Money adviser

Debt counsellor

Money advisers help people whose debts have become too large or difficult for them to handle.

Music therapist

Music therapists use music and sound to help improve people’s emotional well-being, relieve stress and build confidence.


Nannies work in private homes caring for their employer’s babies and young children.

Nursery manager

Pre-school manager

Nursery managers run early years childcare centres, providing day care for babies and young children from birth to 5 years.

Nursery worker

Nursery assistant, early years educator, pre-school assistant, playgroup assistant, childcare worker

Nursery workers help babies and children up to 5 years old to develop and learn in a safe and supportive setting.

Occupational therapist

Occupational therapists help people overcome difficulties caused by physical or mental illness, disability, accidents or ageing.

Occupational therapy support worker

Occupational therapy (OT) assistant, OT technician, rehabilitation assistant, technical instructor

Occupational therapy support workers work with occupational therapists to help sick, injured or old people to be as independent as possible.

Palliative care assistant

Specialist healthcare assistant

Palliative care assistants provide specialist end of life care and support to patients and their families.

Patient advice and liaison service officer

Patient advice and liaison service (PALS) officers give support, advice and information about NHS services.

Play therapist

Play therapists help children to make sense of difficult life experiences, or complex psychological issues through play.


Playworkers support children and young people to create their own spaces and opportunities for play.

Probation officer

Probation officers supervise people serving community and prison sentences and help them to stay away from crime.

Psychological wellbeing practitioner

Primary care graduate mental health worker

Psychological wellbeing practitioners give treatment and support to people with mental health problems.


Psychologists study people’s behaviour, motivations, thoughts and feelings, and help them to overcome or control their problems.


Child psychotherapist

Psychotherapists use talking techniques and therapies to help people who are distressed, or have mental health problems.

Religious leader

Faith leader, cleric

Religious or faith leaders offer spiritual and moral guidance, and lead public worship and other religious ceremonies.

Residential support worker

Residential support workers look after the physical and mental wellbeing of children or vulnerable adults in care.

School crossing patrol

Lollipop person

School crossing patrols help children and adults cross the road safely on their way to and from school.

School matron

School matrons look after the health and wellbeing of pupils in boarding schools.

Senior care worker

Senior care assistant, adult social care support worker

Senior care workers provide physical and emotional support to individuals and supervise teams of care assistants.

Social services manager

Service manager, service development manager

Social services managers plan and co-ordinate the health, welfare and social care support provided by local authorities and charities.

Social work assistant

Community support worker, home care officer, social services assistant

Social work assistants give advice, guidance and support to help people with their physical, emotional and social needs.

Social worker

Social workers help to protect vulnerable children and adults from harm or abuse, and support people to live independently.

Substance misuse outreach worker

Substance misuse outreach workers encourage people to get help from local support services, and advise them on minimising risks to health.

Victim care officer

Witness support officer

Victim care officers support people who’ve been affected by crime.

Youth offending team officer

Youth offending service officer

Youth offending team officers work to prevent children and young people under 18 from offending and reoffending.

Youth worker

Youth workers guide and support young people aged 11 to 25. They organise activities to help with personal and social development.