“School social workers facilitate the educational and individual potential of students by providing services that promote school improvement. School social workers collaborate and consult with parents, school administrators, faculty and the community in the identification of family and student concerns to provide supportive services. In addition, they provide appropriate interventions and services that assist students and families at risk for educational failure” (Reference: School Social Workers of Georgia Practice Manual).
Reasons students are often referred to the School Social Worker include, but are not limited to:
- Chronic attendance problems
- Lack of academic progress
- Potential dropout
- School and personal adjustment problems
- Need for community resources (economic assistance, crisis intervention, mental health issues, physical health concerns)
- Food instability