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COMPASS, the complete guide to social work and social care

COMPASS, the complete guide to social work and social care is an annual publication for professionals at all levels within the social work and social care sector.

  • searching for a course to start or further your training,
  • looking for your first job within the sector,
           Compass Guide 2010
  • deciding on your next step in progressing your career,
  • wanting to keep up-to-date with professional practice


COMPASS is distributed each year to 30,000 individuals including: Directors of Children's and Adult Services; qualified social workers; all members of BASW; all final year students on a social work or related course and visitors to our Jobs Fairs.

COMPASS gives you information on specialisms where you may want to work or courses to study for and keeps you up-to-date with current developments within the sector.


In addition to articles and views by leading figures in the profession and features on positive practice in both Adults and Children's services we also include the following:

Employment guides 

- a look at both statutory and non-statutory employers throughout the UK with a special focus on positive practice

Careers reference guide including
- Recruitment agencies 
- Universities 
- Care Homes 
- Voluntary Sector organisations 
- Key social care organisations

Each section includes informative articles that help the reader make decisions about the next stage of their social work career whether this is a first job or a move to a more senior level of management.

Sponsorship of all sections is available each year as are advertising opportunities in every section.

Each advertiser in COMPASS is entitled to their own page on the Compass website where you can:

list jobs, promote your organisation and link through to your own website.

Go to our main site to find out more