What do School Social Workers do?
Anoka-Hennepin District #11 School Social Work Services "The link between home, school, and community"
One of the functions of the School Social Worker is to help the teacher, student, and family identify and address issues that prevent the student from being successful in the school setting. With parent/guardian permission, the School Social Worker can also provide individual and group support for students who are having difficulty coping with many of life's stresses.
Another function of the School Social Worker is to help parents or staff members find information about available community resources and referrals to appropriate agencies.
WHICH STUDENTS MIGHT BENEFIT FROM SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK SERVICES? The School Social Worker assists students who have social, emotional, behavioral, and/or physical challenges that may interfere with their success in school. Some examples include: Self-esteem issues, School phobia/anxiety/refusal, Divorce or separation, New baby/sibling Illness-self or family member, Death in the family (including pets), Friendship difficulties, New student adjustment, Anger/impulsiveness, Violence or abuse Harassment or bullying, Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal verbalization, Irregular attendance.
HOW DO STUDENTS ARRANGE TO MEET WITH THE SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER? Students can be referred to the School Social Worker by: Themselves, Parent/guardian/other family member, Teacher, Principal, or other staff member, Other students, Community agencies