The aim of the Social Work Tid Bit is to provide you information of how your School Social Worker can assist your child and your family.
Who Are School Social Workers?
School Social Workers are professionals who are trained in both social worker and education. They work within the student's home, school, and community to resolve problems that interfere with adjustment to school, achievement, or attendance. They also serve as children and family advocates trained to identify gaps in service systems and to negotiate change. They work with individual students, families and groups, as well as in collaboration with other educational and community professionals.
School Social Workers help families and children to solve problems that interfere with school success! Problems may include:
o Mental Health Issues
o Developmental Disabilities
o Health issues
o Substance Abuse
o Domestic Violence
o Pregnancy/Teen Parenting
o Abuse and Neglect
o Grief and Loss
o Learning Difficulties
o Suicidal Tendencies
o Cultural Issues
How Can School Social Workers Help?
School Social Workers Help Students...
School Social Workers Help Families...
o Increase academic success
o Cope with crisis situations
o Resolve conflicts without violence
o Improve attendance
o Develop self-discipline
o Build self-discipline
o Develop healthy lifestyles
o Improve interpersonal relationships
o Remain in school and graduate
o Participate more fully in their children's education, through parent conferences, school, and home visits
o Develop realistic expectations and ways of caring for their children which are age and developmentally appropriate
o Identify and meet their children's social and emotional needs
o Monitor their child's homework and attendance
School Social Workers Help Educators...
School Social Workers Assist the Exceptional Children's Program...
o Understand better how factors such as family, culture, socioeconomic status, physical and mental health can affect a student's performance
o Develop and implement plans to enhance a student's performance
o Coordinate services for individual families
o Identify and report child abuse and neglect
o Obtain community resources to meet student's needs
o Design and implement behavior management plans
o Prepare social and developmental histories
o Provide group and individual counseling to children and their families
o Mobilize school and community resources to optimize a student's potential to learn
o Work with problems in a student's living situations (home, school, and community) that affect school adjustment