Social Worker

Female Social Worker

Social workers are another important piece of the Correctional Service of Canada's (CSC) Health Services team. They provide expert advice and recommendations to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive clinical release plan for offenders.

Social workers help an offender's reintegration into the community by arranging community services for those with mental and physical health needs, including infectious diseases. Through their advocacy and coordination role, social workers ensure the continuity of health care services for offenders as they return to the community.

Overall, social workers consult with other health care and non-health care professionals regarding an offender's criminal risk and health status. They are involved in a wide range of tasks, including, but not limited to:

  • comprehensive needs assessment
  • individual and group counselling
  • program delivery
  • education and awareness
  • discharge care planning
  • community capacity building

Social workers act independently. They make decisions based on their experience, judgement, and clinical assessment skills. At the same time, they need to work well in a team setting to provide effective interventions and treatments that contribute to an offender's rehabilitation and safe return to the community.