The Role of School Social Workers
What is a school social worker?
- Advocating for the child and mobilizing family, school and community resources to enable the child to learn as effectively as possible.
- Participating in special education assessment meetings as well as individual educational planning meetings.
- Working with problems in a child’s living situation that affect the child’s adjustment in school.
- Preparing a social or developmental history on a child with a disability.
- Helping develop positive behavioral intervention strategies.
- Helping with conflict resolution and anger management.
- Helping alleviate family stress.
- Helping parents access programs available to students with special needs and school and community resources.
- Assessing students with mental health concerns.
- Developing staff training programs.
- Assisting teachers with behavior management.
- Helping school districts get support from social and mental health agencies.
- Identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect.