Fields of practice – justice

Many social workers are employed in the criminal-justice system to work with people accused – or convicted – of offences. Their tasks include attempting to address the causes of a client's criminal behaviour, recommending avenues for further assistance, writing court reports, providing advice to courts and prison authorities and supporting prisoners' families.

Social workers are employed by corrections or justice departments to supervise and support people who have been sentenced to community corrections programs. Detention facilities also often employ social workers on programs that assess the suicide risk of inmates. In the court system, social workers may be employed in victim support, child-witness programs or community legal services.