Thanks for the link, AmericanFox. Unfortunately, I am too old for a BUNAC visa and will require sponsorship for a work permit. I have found some agencies that will provide one. The process of choosing an agency is somewhat confusing as they offer such varied benefits to workers: bank acct. assistance, holiday pay, time off, bonuses and pay rate. Hopefully my social work degree is in high enough demand for me to secure a work permit. Thanks again for the info and I would love to hear about your experiences in getting and working at a UK SW job and all that comes with that-the move, acclimating to a new culture, etc.