School social workers provide a link between home, school, and community. This service enables students and their families to overcome social and personal problems, which impede learning. Additionally, School Social Workers provide individual and group counseling, consultation to teachers, and they provide other services that help students cope with their disabilities. Finally, they collaborate with community agencies and provide case management for students and families requiring multiple services. School Social Workers do the following:
- Conduct interviews with a student, family members, and school personnel to gather information required by a multidisciplinary team about a student's social, emotional, and behavioral adjustment to school and the community.
- Assist students, teachers, and parents to develop solutions to family and community factors that influence a student's capacity or ability to learn.
- Collaborate with education and social services professionals to develop appropriate agency services for students and their families.
- Work with various school groups to develop coping, social, and decision making skills.
- Participate on school teams developing policies and practices to prevent school violence and reduce the number of school dropouts.