The role of a school social worker is to network with not only educational staff and administrators, but with the students. A social worker, who is sometimes referred to as a counselor, attempts to reduce present or potential risks in a student's life.
Student Well Being
Social workers share their advice with students and parents involve the emotional, educational, social and physical well being of the child.
Administering educational diagnostic testing is among the duties of a school social worker. Detecting developmental disabilities early helps teachers develop a proper plan to assist the student.
Students who are deemed at-risk or in an economically depressed family often receive services from a social worker. By networking with outside social services departments, social workers help ensure that the students' overall needs are met.
Referring parents to counseling services is another social worker duty. When the emotional well being, and home life of a student causes potential or perceived damage to the child, a social worker steps in to aid the child and family.
A difficult task associated with being a school social worker is recommending the removal of a child from the home. By working with both law enforcement and the local children's services department, a school social worker can initiate this process with presenting a detailed report of suspected abuse or neglect.
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