The role of the school social worker is one that supports students, parents, teachers and administration. There are eight major functions the social worker is responsible for.
Assessment of Student Needs: Gathers and records information to help determine academic, social, and attendance needs for students.
Program Planning and Evaluation: Assists individual schools as well as system-wide groups with program planning to help students in alleviating barriers that interfere with the learning process.
Direct Service: Provides social work services in an effort to assist students with the education process through community, regional and state resources.
Advocacy: Social worker in this role advocates to assure that student's educational and social needs are met.
Consultation/Education: Social worker regularly consults with teachers, other support staff and administration in an effort to assure students needs are met through written and oral communication.
Coordination/Liaison: Social worker is a vital link between the home, school and community. This included networking and having knowledge of current resources.
Management: Social worker is responsible for organizing time between schools served as well as prioritizing situations as they occur.
Professional Practice and Development: Social worker follows Social Work "Code of Ethics" and is responsible for satisfying professional requirements thorough ongoing training.