Student Support Services | Social Work Focus

 What does a School Social Worker (SSW) do?
School Social Workers work with students in regard to family, school, neighborhood, and community relationships. School Social Workers are highly qualified professionals who are trained to identify, assess, and help resolve a wide range of social, emotional, familial, and economic problems which may interefere with school
 attendance, social adjustment, or academic achievement.
The School Social Worker works with schools, students and families to eliminate barriers* to successful learning by:
  • Developing and identifying resources for students and families
  • Assisting families in crisis or those with emergency needs
  • Advocating on behalf of children and families with agencies and community resources
  • Consulting with families, school staff, and numerous community agencies

*Barriers include:

Parent/School Conflict, Threats of Violence, Suicidal Threats, Domestic Violence, Pregnancy, Abuse (Emotional, Physical, and Sexual), Discipline Issues, Homelessness, Alcohol and other drug abuse, Academic Concerns, Child/Parent Conflict, Runaways, Junvenile/State Court, Abandoned Children, Health care Concerns, Financial Needs and Absenteeism.

Social Workers work with the school, student and family in the following capacities:
  • Staff Consultations
  • Student Conferences
  • Parent Conferences (in person, by phone, mail)
  • Group Work with Students
  • Facilitator
  • Special Education Meetings
  • Classroom Presentations
  • Trauma Intervention
  • Mediator
  • Home Visitation

It is helpful for School Social Workers to be part of the POI Team and be present at these meetings.

Our role in these meetings are to:

  • Understand and support the Pyramid of Interventions process
  • Serve as student advocate
  • Assist in developing early prevention/intervention strategies for students
  • Serve as liaison between the home, school and community

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