Social Work

An analysis in the sector of social work was completed in the end of 2016.

In the sector of social work, OSKA is focused on the forecasts of the need for labour and skills in the fields of care and activity supervision, social work, counselling and childcare.

Estonia is strongly influenced by demographic changes: the birth-rate is falling, while life expectancy is increasing. The demand for services targeted at the elderly is expected to increase, while the working age population is declining.

The generations that have grown up in a free and open society have different expectations of the content and quality of the services than the generations before them. Highlighting the value of the individual and mindful of future trends, technological aids are already used in care and monitoring and a number of work methods are influenced by IT developments. The anticipated changes in the nature of services create a need for new skills in all aspects of social work; therefore, we need to answer the question: what are the future occupations in the social sector? Approximately 9,000 people are employed in the social sector in Estonia, the majority of them at residential care institutions.

The OSKA expert panel on social work consists of experts and visionaries from different companies, educational institutions and the public sector. Expert organisations: The Astangu Vocational Rehabilitation Centre, the Estonian National Social Insurance Board, the Tartu City Government, Homecare Centre Certis, MTÜ Family Education Institute, AS Welfare Services, Tallinn Mental Health Center, Tallinna Social Work Centre, Tallinn Children’s Home, Tallinn University, University of Tartu, Kuressaare Regional Training Centre, the Estonian Social Work Association, the Estonian Social Advisory Council, SA Innove, the Government Office, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Education and Research.

Key messages and proposals of the study