SOCIAL WORKERS ROLE IN THE SCHOOL
- School social workers may act as counselors, working with children who have difficulties at home or in the classroom.
- Group counseling such as therapeutic groups, educational groups and support groups
- Parent support groups and parenting skills in the form of workshops and small groups
- Social workers identify learners with behavioral difficulties and learning disabilities and monitor their psychological, neurological and social development.
- School social workers provide referrals to parents of children in need of professional services.
- Often, social workers are responsible for contacting parents to update them on their children’s education, behavior and social progress.
- School social workers often help low-income families access the community resources needed to meet their children’s daily needs.
- Raise awareness campaigns in the communities on social problems.
- Home visit and investigation of child abuse cases
- Reporting cases of child abuse at school and home to welfaresocial services and police stations
EXAMPLE OF GROUPS RUN BY THE SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER
A. EDUCATIONAL GROUPS
“Knowledge conquers fear” All learners attend educational groups according to their stage of development, gender and age.
- Sexuality – Puberty; Masturbation; Self-image; Sexual abuse; Sexual harassment; Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs) : Viral (HIVAIDS, Herpes, Genital Warts, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Bacterial (Viginitis, Chlamydia or NGU, Gonorrhea, Syphillis, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) Parastic (Trichomonas); Teenage pregnancy; Eating disorders; Self-esteem.
- People in my world
- Value of courage
- Value of friendship
- Child abuse versus children exposed to domestic violence
- Child Trafficking
- Anger management
- Conflict resolution10. Problem-solving skills
- Decision making
- Substance abuse
B. SUPPORT GROUPS
“I am not alone”
- Dealing with group members’ chronic condition or disorder
- Dealing with group members’ chronic illnesses
- Coping mechanisms
- People in my world, role of significant others and support structure
- Adherence with medication
- Dealing with side effect of medication
- Socialization-(Social Skills)
- Academic work (reading and writing skills)
C. THERAPEUTIC GROUPS
“Tree of life versus healing process” Grief and bearevement, death and loss, aggression outburst and temper tantrums, fighting and swearing, different types of abuse and so forth.
- Dealing with emotions
- Establishment of peer counselling
- Goal attainment
- Survival Strategies and Coping Mechanisms
Similar workshops are run with the educators and child and youth care workers depending on their needs.