Social workers can play a crucial role in the emotional well-being of any child in a public school, grades K - 12. Their job functions and descriptions may vary from district to district, but overall their role is similar. It is a school social worker's job to advocate for a student's individual well being. Essentially, they can act as a liaison between family, school and community.
Regarding Violence in Schools
Violence in our school systems has increased remarkably in recent decades, of that there is no question. Violence comes in many forms like:
- physical bullying
- cyber bullying
- gang violence
- mass violence (school shootings)
Per the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) "Any form of school violence, including the mass shootings at schools around the country such as the recent incidents Florida and Maryland, prohibit students' sense of safety and their learning." We agree! Not only do social workers work directly with children to prevent shooter situations, they also help guide students, family and staff in recovery after a crisis. Their role is crucial!
Social workers are needed now, more than ever, to help prevent violence and to help mitigate the damage done to children. How do we know school social workers can help? They've received special training that can assist with:
- identifying warning behaviors in children
- assessing risk factors in children and families
- managing groups of students or entire classrooms
- providing valuable support after a crisis occurs, for staff, students and families
A Better Ratio of Staff to Students May Be the Answer
The NASW is advocating for a better social worker to student ratio. They hope to change the ratio to 1:250, in other words one professional social worker for every 250 students enrolled.
Here at Staffing Plus we understand the critical role school social workers play in education. If you're looking to hire a new social worker, or if you're a professional searching for a position we can help! Contact us today!
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