What do social workers do?
One of the functions of the school social workers is to help the teacher, student and family identify and address issues that prevent the student from being successful in the school setting.
With parent/guardian permission, the school social worker can also provide individual and group support for students who are having difficulty coping with many of life's stresses.
Another function of the school social worker is to help parents or staff members find information about available community resources and referrals to appropriate agencies.
The school social worker is an important part of the team at your child's school. She/he provides ongoing support to students and is available for assistance when there is a crisis.
Which students might benefit from school social work services?
The school social worker assists students who have social, emotional, and/or physical challenges which may interfere with their success in school. Some examples include:
- Self-esteem issues
- School phobia/anxiety/refusal
- Divorce or separation
- New baby/sibling
- Illness- self or family member
- Death in the family (including pets)
- Friendship difficulties
- New student adjustment
- Violence or abuse
- Harassment or bullying
- Peer mediation
- Substance abuse
- Suicidal verbalization
- Irregular attendance
How do students arrange to meet with the school social worker?
Students can be referred to the school social worker by:
- Parent(s)/guardian(s)/other family members
- Teacher, principal, or other staff member
- Other students
- Community agencies
Parents can call the school to arrange appointments to meet with the School Social Worker to discuss issues or concerns related to their student(s).