School Social Work
The development of school social work is rooted in the school's recognition of the importance of nonacademic factors in the student's success in learning, adjustment and growth. School social workers bring a unique professional knowledge and skills to the school system. They are hired to enhance the system's ability to meet its academic mission, especially where a priority on home-to-school and community collaboration is the key to achieving that mission.
School social workers utilizes relationships between people and their environment in addition to prevention strategies and interventions that contribute to the over all health of the school environment. Prevention-focusing on the total wellness of the student body-and intervention-targeting those students at risk-are combined to promote a school climate that encourages all students to learn and to develop social competence. Through assessment, crisis intervention and coordination of community services, school social workers help students, families and school systems overcome barriers that interfere with learning.
The School Social Worker facilitates the educational and individual potential of students by providing services that promote school success.
Every student will learn and achieve at his/her potential.
The School Social Worker will provide supportive services by collaborating and consulting with students, parents, school administrators, faculty and the community in the identification of family and student concerns.
The School Social Worker will respect the individual differences of children and families.
The School Social Worker will provide appropriate interventions and services that help children and families at risk for educational failure.
School Social Workers develop relationships with students and families to facilitate the desired changes identified by the student, family, and school.
SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
The practice of School Social Work focuses on helping parents and students find effective ways to resolve problems. These problems may significantly interfere with a student's academic achievement and or social adjustment. Students can be referred for some of the following reasons:
• School adjustment/academic issues
• Home adjustment issues
• Personal adjustment issues
• Community adjustment issues
A student may refer himself or herself for social work assessment and intervention, as well as being referred by a parent, legal guardian, school personnel or others familiar with the student.
The School Social Worker is often the only person from the school system who has direct contact with parents whose children are at the greatest risk of failure. The School Social Worker is a key staff member charged with increasing parent involvement and teaching parents how to assist in their children's education.