What does a School Social Worker do?

School Social Workers

  • 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

Educational barriers include:

  • Parent/School Conflict

  • Threats of Violence

  • Suicidal Threats

  • Domestic Violence

  • Pregnancy

  • Abuse (Emotional, Physical, and Sexual)

  • Discipline Issues

  • Homelessness

  • Academic Concerns

  • Child/Parent Conflict

  • Runaways

  • Junvenile/State Court

  • Abandoned Children

  • Health Concerns

  • Financial Needs

  • Attendance Concerns

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

  • Student Support Team Meetings

  • Classroom Presentations

  • Trauma Intervention

  • Mediator

The School Social Worker represents the school system in community organizations.

  • Attendance Protocol Committee

  • Child Fatality Review Committee

  • Domestic Violence Task Force

  • Forsyth Community Connection

  • Multi-Agency Team for Children

  • National Association of Social Workers

  • School Social Workers Association of Georgia