Social Work and Extern

Why choose a social work career with Extern?

Well, when new colleagues join us, the most common reaction we hear is Social work in Extern is so different.”

Why do they say that?

Well there are many reasons, but here are some of the ones we are most proud of, in line with our values:


Extern believes that everyone has the right to respect. We value the rights, experiences, opinions and feelings of our service users and carers, colleagues, professionals and stakeholders.


Extern is committed to practice that is based upon openness, honesty and transparency. We ensure that all our interactions are based on ethical principles and reflect anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice.


Extern is a compassionate organisation that cares about our service users and carers, colleagues, other professionals and the wider community. We aim to demonstrate empathy and understanding in all our interactions.


Extern has robust mechanisms in place to ensure the safety of service users and carers. We promote responsible practice across the organisation and hold ourselves and each other accountable for our decisions and actions.

We demonstrate responsibility and accountability through our service delivery, governance arrangements and engagement with other professionals and stakeholders.


Professional practice is at the heart of Extern. We have a commitment to achieving best practice in everything we do. We have been leading the way in social work education in the voluntary sector since 1978 and that continues today.

We value the commitment of a range of professionals across the organisation and demonstrate professionalism in all our interactions.

Hear from our colleagues

But we know there’s nothing like hearing directly from social workers themselves, so we’ve created some short videos from some of our colleagues from across Extern to give you a flavour of why they enjoy working as part of our team.

You can also download some of our staff and service user case studies to read about their experiences.

Find out why Danielle choose Extern as her employer

Why you should choose Extern as your employer over anyone else

Work for us

We don’t walk away from our service users and we’re proud in Extern that we are also here for our staff.

That's why we need people who are passionate about transforming lives and believe that they have the initiative, compassion and professionalism to do this the Extern way.

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