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What does a School Social Worker do?

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  • 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
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