Social Work on Social Media – Play by the Rules

Social Media plays a huge role in society today and often people are quick to post about their daily routines, opinions and work. Added to this, as part of a revised PCF document, social workers are expected to contribute to the positive image of social work through social media. However, it is important to be fully aware of what level of engagement a social worker can have with social media, particularly with reference to their career. We regularly see practitioners seeking advice as to do’s and do not do’s around social media use.

Sue Rutter, our colleague at Stockton Borough Council, has kindly passed on some materials she uses when training practitioners on their use of social media and the expectations on them as social workers from their employer, fellow professionals as well as the people they support.

Below are the various materials used during the session including the main PowerPoint presentation and various documentation that is referenced throughout. Also below is national guidance on social media use provided by BASW and HCPC amongst others.

Social Media presentation

I lost my job over a Facebook post

Professional Boundaries Discussion Scenarios

HCPC guidance Social media
GSCC professional boundaries
basw social media policy
2018-NASW-Code-of-Ethics
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