Social Work and the NDIS - Parent/Carer Information

What is Social Work? 

Social Workers are trained Allied Health professionals who work both individually or collectively with Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Psychologists.  

Social Workers have the unique ability to build fast relationships, make you feel comfortable, and view your personal situation while considering all the social/environmental/physical/financial barriers you may be facing.  

A Social Worker will work with you and your family to support you in using your own personal skills and experiences to better your life and situation and help you achieve your goals.

What do Social Workers do? 

Social Workers provide face to face or telehealth supports, where they use counselling skills, art/play therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychoeducation, grief and loss systems, and strength theory, along with many others individually suited to you, your situation and what you would like to achieve. Social Workers aim to provide you and your family with the skills to meet both your NDIS and personal goals.  

How can Social Work assist you and/or your family? 

Do you or your children struggle with any of the following? 

  • Attachment (difficulty separating and/or bonding with others) 
  • Emotional Regulation (unaware of emotions/unable to calm self)   
  • Anxiety (nervous, shy, uncomfortable in social situations, panic attacks) 
  • Disability Awareness (need disability education/assistance to accept diagnosis) 
  • Confidence (struggles with self-esteem/self-image) 
  • Resilience (ability to recover quickly from difficulties) 
  • Self-Advocacy (stand up for self, share views and thoughts with others) 
  • Assertiveness Skills (communicating honestly, clearly, directly, effectively, and positively with others) 
  • Friendship Development (ability to choose healthy friends, make friends and keep friends)   
  • Behaviour Support (experiences tantrums/meltdowns, hurts others, inability to follow routine)  
  • Social Skills (struggles with body language, eye contact, facial expression, play skills, conversation)  
  • Inclusion (feeling left out or isolated in home/community/education settings) 
  • Personal Space (enjoys or dislikes touch, leaves others feeling uncomfortable, unaware of boundaries) 
  • Problem Solving (struggles with community management, safety, prioritisation, finding solutions) 
  • Relationships (difficulties with conflict management, puberty, intimacy, appropriate behaviours, safety, communication) 
  • Adjustment (struggles with changes in life or routine)


Do you or your children require assistance with any of the following? 

  • Housing  
  • Parenting  
  • NDIS  
  • Centrelink  
  • Transitions

If you answered yes to any of the above items, you or your family may benefit from getting in touch with a Social Worker to see how they can support you. Social Workers can also support NDIS participants with the above areas through their NDIS plan. 

For more information on Social Work, or to get in touch with CPL today, click here.

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