Child, Family and School Social Work
Child, Family and School Social Workers are typically employed by individual and family services agencies, schools, or state or local governments. They are usually required to hold a professional degree in social work and have obtained a license or are professionally registered. Most social workers will start with a bachelor’s degree in social work, but often progress into a master’s degree in social work or a doctoral degree to obtain more advanced positions and specialize the focus of their practice.
The primary goal of Child, Family and School Social Workers is to provide social services and assistance to these unique patients while help to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families. Social workers who practice in these fields must learn how to account the interconnectedness of a child’s relationship with their families, unique family dynamics, and the school environment.
From arranging adoptions and assisting with foster home placement to senior care such as housing and transportation issues, Child, Family and School Social Workers offer a broad range of services. These social workers also work with employee assistance programs to help people cope with job-related pressures or other personal problems that may affect the quality of their work. School social workers focus on the academic functioning of children. They collaborate with parents, guardians, teachers, and other school officials to ensure students reach their academic and personal potential. Issues such as misbehavior, truancy, and teenage pregnancy are dealt with as they also advise teachers on how to cope with difficult students.
The University of New England’s Master of Social Work online option helps students understand and address the complicated relationship between a student’s family and the school, internal family relationships and more.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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