What is a School Social Worker

School Social Workers (SSW) are a vital part of the educational team, working together with educational administrators, teachers, counselors, psychologists, nurses, speech and language pathologists and other staff. Their unique graduate level training in social work enables them to understand and interpret the influences of the school, home, and community on children.

School Social Workers identify factors that can make school a more successful experience for students.

What do School Social Workers Do?

School social workers help STUDENTS:

Achieve maximum benefit from their educational opportunities

Understand themselves and others

Cope with stress

Develop decision making skills

School social workers help PARENTS:

Participate effectively in their children's education

Understand and meet their children's social and emotional needs

Understand programs available to students with special needs

Utilize school and community resources effectively

School social workers help SCHOOLS:

Understand factors (cultural, societal, economic, familial, health, etc.) that affect students

Abilities to make maximum use of their school experience

Utilize their resources in meeting the educational, social, and emotional needs of students

Promote a safe school environment

School Social Workers help COMMUNITIES:

Understand school policies, programs, and practice

Minimize those environmental factors which inhibit learning

Develop resources to adequately meet the needs of students and families