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Child, Family, and School Social Workers

Child, Family, and School Social Workers

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Child, Family, and School Social Workers Description

Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.

Child, Family, and School Social Workers Related Job Titles

Adolescent Counselor, Adoption Agent, Adoption Coordinator, Adoption Counselor, Adoption Social Worker, Adoption Specialist, Adoption Worker, Adult Protective Caseworker, At-Risk Specialist, Case Manager, Case Planner, Case Worker, Casework Supervisor, Caseworker, Certified Children, Youth, and Family Social Worker, Child Abuse Worker, Child Advocate, Child and Family Services Worker, Child Care Counselor, Child Development Consultant, Child Protective Services Social Worker (CPS Social Worker), Child Protective Services Specialist, Child Welfare Caseworker, Child Welfare Consultant, Child Welfare Counselor, Child Welfare Social Worker, Child Welfare Worker, Children's Counselor, Children's Service Worker, Community Organization Worker, Community Worker, Delinquency Prevention Social Worker, Early Intervention Specialist, Early Interventionist, Elementary School Social Worker, Family Caseworker, Family Manager, Family Preservation Caseworker, Family Preservation Worker, Family Protection Specialist, Family Service Caseworker, Family Service Worker, Family Support Specialist, Family Support Worker, Field Representative, Field Service Representative, Foster Care Social Worker, Foster Care Worker, Group Worker, Human Service Specialist, Juvenile Counselor, Juvenile Officer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Social Worker, Medical Social Worker, Post Adoption Coordinator, Program Support Specialist, Protective Services Social Worker, Public Housing Community Relations and Services Advisor, School Social Worker, Social Worker, Youth Advocate, Youth Services Specialist,


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Child, Family, and School Social Workers Tasks
Core Tasks
  • Develop and review service plans in consultation with clients, and perform follow-ups assessing the quantity and quality of services provided.
  • Arrange for medical, psychiatric, and other tests that may disclose causes of difficulties and indicate remedial measures.
  • Counsel individuals, groups, families, or communities regarding issues including mental health, poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, physical abuse, rehabilitation, social adjustment, child care, or medical care.
  • Serve as liaisons between students, homes, schools, family services, child guidance clinics, courts, protective services, doctors, and other contacts, to help children who face problems such as disabilities, abuse, or poverty.
  • Maintain case history records and prepare reports.
  • Counsel parents with child rearing problems, interviewing the child and family to determine whether further action is required.
  • Consult with parents, teachers, and other school personnel to determine causes of problems such as truancy and misbehavior, and to implement solutions.
  • Counsel students whose behavior, school progress, or mental or physical impairment indicate a need for assistance, diagnosing students' problems and arranging for needed services.
  • Address legal issues, such as child abuse and discipline, assisting with hearings and providing testimony to inform custody arrangements.
  • Provide, find, or arrange for support services, such as child care, homemaker service, prenatal care, substance abuse treatment, job training, counseling, or parenting classes, to prevent more serious problems from developing.
  • Collect supplementary information needed to assist client, such as employment records, medical records, or school reports.
  • Interview clients individually, in families, or in groups, assessing their situations, capabilities, and problems, to determine what services are required to meet their needs.
  • Refer clients to community resources for services such as job placement, debt counseling, legal aid, housing, medical treatment, or financial assistance, and provide concrete information, such as where to go and how to apply.
Supplemental Tasks
  • Serve on policymaking committees, assist in community development, and assist client groups by lobbying for solutions to problems.
  • Lead group counseling sessions that provide support in such areas as grief, stress, or chemical dependency.
  • Conduct social research.
  • Administer welfare programs.
  • Recommend temporary foster care and advise foster or adoptive parents.
  • Supervise other social workers.
  • Place children in foster or adoptive homes, institutions, or medical treatment centers.
  • Evaluate personal characteristics and home conditions of foster home or adoption applicants.
  • Determine clients' eligibility for financial assistance.
  • Work in child and adolescent residential institutions.

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